Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Review: Sweehearts by Sara Zarr

Quick Facts
My Rating: 4.5 stars

Series: N/A

Date Read: February 10, 2015

Source: Purchased ebook

Publication Date: February 1, 2008

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genres: Young adult, contemporary

Goodreads Author Site

This is the story of childhood best friends who are reunited in their last year of high school. Given this, the title, and the cutesy cover, I expected a light romance novel. Instead, it is the story of two kids struggling to deal with their past.

I'm not upset that this book was different. It went far beyond my expectations, and I loved the journey Jenna took. I like when characters find themselves, and I love how strong and independent Jenna was. She went through hard times, made some tough decisions, and I admired her for the way she handled things.

The messages in the book were remarkable as well. This book says that you can't fix everything. It says that being emotional isn't the same as being weak.

I did have some problems with being thrown into the past so suddenly, although I see how this could be beneficial to the story as well - it allowed readers to feel the way Jenna did at the (sometimes) sudden memories.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was one I couldn't put down, that kept me wanting more of the characters and their story. It was beautifully written and weaved together so nicely, and it's definitely one I would recommend.


  1. Wow, this sounds really good. I love the message it gets across, that sounds like something I would love. I kind of thought this was a light romance as well, so it's good to know that it isn't. Great review! :)

    1. I read it mostly in one day - I thought it was great! It does present itself as a light romance, though. I still don't understand how the title fits, and especially because it was on sale near Valentine's Day I expected way different from it!