Saturday, September 1, 2012

Saturday Short: Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Goodreads Summary: "As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also one another's only friend. So when Cameron disappears without warning, Jennifer thinks she's lost the only person who will ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed. Known as Jenna, she's popular, happy, and dating, everything "Jennifer" couldn't be---but she still can't shake the memory of her long-lost friend.

When Cameron suddenly reappears, they are both confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have taken.

From the National Book Award nominated author of Story of a Girl, Sweethearts is a story about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts.
I think this is the first time that I've ever sat down to write a review and have no idea whatsoever what to say. Whether I loved a book, hated it or somewhere in between I always had words to pour out yet this one leaves me blank. I liked Sweethearts and yet came away from it feeling that it was just okay overall, leaving me torn between a two star and three star rating. It was well written and interesting to a point. The characters had depth to them yet I felt in some ways as if I hardly got to feel that depth; I feel that in some ways they are still mysteries to me, enigmas if you will. Maybe that is because I didn't connect with them in the way that I like. It just wasn't a good fit. I'll probably be checking out other works by Sara Zarr in the future but I don't necessarily feel as if I have to rush out and do that now. Just sometime. Though I hate to say it, Sweethearts was likable but not particularly memorable for me.


  1. I'm sorry that you didn't really like this one Ash! The synopsis seems really intriguing, so I may end up checking it out from the library (if my lame-o library even has it!). I read a Sara Zarr book a while back ago, and I remember really enjoying it (I can't for the life of me remember what the name was though, but I do remember the cover had snow and a bench or something). So I do recommend trying out some of her other stuff! =)

    Fabulous review Ash! <3

    1. I thought the same thing! I thought I would be really invested in this one but it just never really clicked with me. Maybe it was the timing or something. I hope you find yourself enjoying it if you can get a hold of a copy.

      That cover sounds familiar. I'll do a bit of googling and see if I can find it then raid my own library.

      Thank you, hun! <3