Monday, December 5, 2011

Sweethearts (Sara Zarr)

Title: Sweethearts
Author: Sara Zarr
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Length: 217 pages
Rating: 3/5

Quiet, shy, unpopular Jennifer with only one friend to her name has transformed herself into happy, dating, popular Jenna. But when her one childhood friend, Cameron Quick, suddenly reappears in her life (he’s not dead?!), Jenna is confronted with her past and how it continues to affect her present, no matter how hard she tried to hide it.

Jenna and Cam are clearly meant to be together- they’ve shared too much not to be. But Jenna has a new life now- one she’s taught herself to be happy in, even though she’s thinks it’s all a fa├žade. She needs the resurfacing of her past to teach her to actually appreciate her future, not just to pretend to. A good lesson about appreciating what you have.

The book presents a moment in Jenna’s life where she must forgive her past, figure out who she is, embrace it, and for heaven’s sake, stop binge eating to make herself feel better. The book is real, and doesn’t tie everything up in a happy, unrealistic ending. I liked Cam, I didn't like Jenna, and overall, it was a little unsatisfying, like eating five cookies yet still feeling hungry. Maybe that’s because I prefer happy (even if they're cookie-cutter) endings. 

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