Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: February 2, 2008
Pages: 217
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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My feelings for Sweethearts are muddled. I simultaneously think this book lacked “something” and yet, was satisfying. Confusing? Very!

To start-off, this book is pretty short. My NOOK was showing me about 210 pages, but Sweethearts ended up only being about 150 pages. This book felt more like a short story vs. a full length novel.

Sweethearts is an emotional book that tackles tough issues, mainly; bullying and child abuse. Zarr did a great job of presenting these subjects with care and knowledge. On a personal level, I could really relate with some of the characters. Their tribulations and thoughts, really struck a cord with me. Zarr’s writing is simple, yet powerfully emotional, because of this I became captivated with the story.

As I write this review I’m stuck thinking that this book was too short, yet, still, perfectly numbered. On one-hand the story and messages come through with so little of pages. On the other-hand, I feel sad that things didn’t play-out as I secretly wanted. Basically, because this review isn’t confusing enough, I thought that this story was enough yet not enough.

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Either way, if you like emotional stories, with good messages, that end bittersweet, you’ll enjoy Sweethearts. I give it 3 stakes.

Have you ever read a book that left you with confusing, conflicting thoughts?

2 Comments

  1. Wow, that's a seriously short book – especially when tackling such tough topics. Doesn't seem like there would be enough time to really get in depth. I remember seeing this one around several years ago but the majority of the reviews just seemed kind of middle of the road so I decided to give it a pass. I'm not sure whether to say "glad you enjoyed it" or "sorry this wasn't better." LOL
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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