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Title:
How to save a life
ISBN:
9780307968722
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New York : Random House/Listening Library, p2012.
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8 sound discs (ca. 75 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Unabridged.

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Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill's mother agrees to adopt Mandy's unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.
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Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she s been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends everyone who wants to support her. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she s somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one.
Mandy Kalinowski understands what it s like to grow up unwanted to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she s sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. It s harder to be sure of herself. Will she ever find someone to care for her, too?
As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy or as difficult as it seems."


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Horn Book Review

Jill is still reeling from the death of her father a year ago. She just can't seem to find the Jill she used to be and doesn't know who she is anymore. And now her mother announces that she is adopting a baby, and that the mother of this baby, Mandy -- eighteen, pregnant, and alone -- will be coming to live with them until the baby is born. This introspective novel that deals with grief, teen pregnancy, friendship, and family is told in two distinct voices; fittingly, the audiobook does the same. At first, narrator Meyers, as Jill, appears to be the stronger of the two, but as Mandy's character grows and matures, so does Morris's portrayal of her. Both narrators nuance the characters and lend a youthful voice to the readings, and though occasionally it is difficult to tell the difference between internal dialogue and what is spoken aloud, overall this is a fine production of the novel. angela j. reynolds (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.