Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A Realistic Story of a Girl

I made a trip to Borders a couple of weeks ago with the intent of picking up Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr. (Read the YA Fresh interview with Sara here.) Unfortunately, they were sold out. I finally got the last copy at my local B. Dalton.

I just love the title and the cover. You have the feeling by looking at it that this story is going to be about a teen girl you could probably relate to. After reading it, my thoughts weren't wrong.

As a kid we experience all these new emotions, and we don't always make the right choices. Just like Deanna Lambert has been living with the past mistake and rumor mill of being caught (by her father) in the backseat with an older boy.

Sara takes the reader into the realistic life of the Lamberts--a father shadowed by disappointment in his children's actions and even his own struggles with his job. A mother who is the only optimistic one in the family, a brother who has become a father too soon, and how they all deal with life's detours.

In the midst of the family's ups and downs, Deanna is trying to find where she belongs, even with her closests friends, and to come to terms with the long ago past night. Story of a Girl is real, touching, and totally relatable to teens and adults. I'm looking forward to more from Sara Zarr!

6 fresh comments:

stephhale said...

UGh! I've had Sara's book in my TBR pile forever, I just keep buying more books. I have a serious problem. I really can't wait to read it though. Sara really is a story in perservence, if I remember correctly it took her 10 years to sell. And from her reviews, it was obviously worth the wait!
ps- very nice RWR ad, girls! :) May it bring you tons of sales!

TinaFerraro said...

I came to leave a comment on how now I have to buy this book...and I still want to, but I admit my attention got stolen by Steph's PS! Our RWR is ad is out?!? Great!

Kelly put it together. She gets full credit. Can't wait 'til my RWR arrives to see it in print!

Jessica Burkhart said...

Tina and Kelly, I saw your RWR ad and it's great! :)

Kelly Parra said...

Steph, that is a great story of perservence!! Wow, good for Sara! Yes, pull it from your TBR, it's a great story!!

And to Steph, Tina, and Jessica, can't wait to see the ad, either! :)

Sara Z. said...

Thanks, Kelly!

(Steph - it took me 10 years to sell a book, but there were 3 others before STORY OF A GIRL. That was was about 4 years in the making...)

Kelly Parra said...

Hi Sara, you're welcome, and thanks for stopping in!! :):)