In conjunction with the release of her new novel How To Save A Life, Sara Zarr came to my local independent bookstore for a reading on Thursday. Since I read Sweethearts a few years ago and had already bought a copy of HtSaL I thought, why not? It was the company that sealed the deal (Thanks for the invite, Angie!). Here is Sara reading the first chapter:
Her entire talk was quite interesting but my favorite part was what she had to say about Jill and Mandy, the two main characters.
“Jill is sort of like me on a bad day, but Jill’s having a bad day every day.” Anyone who’s read the novel will completely understand this comment.
After saying that Mandy had to grow on her too, Sara told us that her publisher thought that she should “write more characters like Mandy – I love her!”
After the Q&A we got our books signed:
And I can’t not post a photo of the awesome cake we had for refreshments:
Overall it was a fantastic night. As for the book itself I finished it this weekend and will get the review up soon.
Has anyone else met Sara Zarr by chance? What did you think?