Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Synopsis: After losing her soul mate, Cameron, when they were nine, Jennifer, now seventeen, transformed herself from the unpopular fat girl into the beautiful and popular Jenna, but Cameron's unexpected return dredges up memories that cause both social and emotional turmoil.

Don't judge a book by it's cover. It looks like a cute, sweet read, but it's far from that.

The story begins with Jennifer in Cameron's house. Cameron's father is yelling at him, telling him things a father should not say to his son. Jennifer feels uncomfortable and decides to leave, but before she can, Cameron's father stops her.

Now, flash forward 8 years and you have the new Jenna Vaughn. No longer a "loser," Jenna has everything she could want. Friends, a loving family and a boyfriend. Seems like every girl's high school dream, right? But Jenna can't stop thinking about that day at Cameron's house. It changed everything and left a lot of unanswered questions. One being Cameron's disappearance.

The story consistantly switches from past to present. You gets bits and pieces of Jennifer's memory till you finally figure out what happened to them. Jenna-Jennifer deals with issues of who she was, who she is now, and who she wants to be. With Cameron, she has to figure out what happend to him and why he's back.

Sweethearts is a very bittersweet book. It has bits of romance, but mostly has emotional dilemmas that no 16 year old girl should have to deal with. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who want more than just a teeny-bopper romance.


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