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Sweethearts Paperback – 5 Feb 2009

3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Children; Reprint edition (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316014567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316014564
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 955,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Engrossing." -- (starred review) "Publishers Weekly"

"Zarr's writing is remarkable." -- (starred review) "Booklist"

"Engrossing." -- (starred review) "Publishers Weekly"

"Zarr's writing is remarkable." -- (starred review) "Booklist"

"Engrossing."--(starred review) "Publishers Weekly "

"Zarr's writing is remarkable."--(starred review) "Booklist "

"Zarr's writing is remarkable." Booklist, "(starred review)""

"Engrossing." Publishers Weekly, "(starred review)""

"Haunting and ultimately hopeful....A convincing, fire person narrative voice....Zarr transfixes teen readers with enticing explorations of identity and enduring love." Kirkus Reviews"

"[Zarr is a] master of show-not-tell....[a] subtle, beautifully-written novel." VOYA, "(starred review)""

"Zarr's writing is remarkable." "Booklist (starred review)""

Book Description

From the author of Story of a Girl comes an amazing story of friendship and human emotion about two outcasts who are reunited in high school after years of being separated-only to find that the bond between them still remains.

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Format: Paperback
Both the cover and the synopsis for this book are quite deceiving. The cover suggests this will be a nice romance story, with the big pink heart on the front cover. The synopsis is quite mysterious in the way that it doesn't really reveal what the book is about at all apart from that Jennifer and Cameron were once friends and then he disappeared. There are no hints as to why or what went on in-between then and the time he comes back. I liked that I didn't really know what I was getting into with this one.

At first, we get to see Jennifer and Cameron's friendship through a series of flashbacks, explaining what their lives were like and how they didn't fit in with anyone else. However, as we get to learn more about why the two are friends, we also get to see that it wasn't just school lives that weren't perfect. The flashbacks build up to one really important moment which changes everything and the real reason why Cameron left without a word. Not only did the flashbacks enable me to understand the friendship between Jennifer and Cameron but also to understand why Jennifer changed her name and herself.

After having such a bad childhood, I could completely understand why Jennifer would want to reinvent herself as soon as she moved and had the chance to be someone else. If that were me, having only the one friend, not being confident in myself and generally being picked on, I would have wanted to reinvent myself too. I was glad to see that although she was still missing Cameron, she had made a life for herself at a new school, had a great group of friends and had gotten herself a boyfriend.

When Cameron appears out of nowhere, the plot suddenly got extremely interesting. Cameron is extremely mysterious, letting barely anyone in except the Jenna, who he knows as Jennifer.
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Format: Paperback
I fell in love with Sara Zarr when I read How To Save A Life, so although the cover of this book is a bit saccharine and might usually have put me off, I didn't hesitate to pick it up. I knew that the odds were that this was going to be an amazing book.

The best books are ones that you become completely absorbed in; where you miss the characters when you're not reading it, and when it's finished you know they'll stay with you for a long time. That's how I feel about Jenna and Cameron.

Maybe it helps to have had a troubled childhood, but the events of this book really resonated with me, and the way that Jenna's - I guess you could call it - identity crisis is handled in the complex social constructs of high school is excellent. I made the mistake of starting to read this in the bath - two hours later my skin was about to fall off and I had to painfully force myself to stop reading to allow me to get out and get dressed! I finished it later that day.

The blurb on the back of the book say it better than I could: 'full-bodied characters and creative storytelling', 'a subtle, beautifully-written novel', 'an engrossing novel'. It is all these things. To some of the other YA authors out there: THIS is how it's done. Realistic, authentic, affecting, intelligent, it really is a remarkable book.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book. SWEETHEARTS is a character-driven novel where there isn't much action but a big emotional journey with quite a kick.

Jennifer Harris is a social outcast. She is fat and the other girls in third grade are very mean. She eats lunch alone until the day that she decides to make Cameron Quick her friend. After that, she and Cameron are always together, both of them outcasts.

Then, one day Cameron disappears, and the other kids tell her that he is dead.

The book then forwards on to present day and Jennifer has recreated herself. She is pretty, popular, has a cute boyfriend, and has changed her name to Jenna. She is a senior but she feels like she is just acting a part. It takes a lot of energy to be the girl that she is.

Enter Cameron Quick -- who she thought was dead. He reenters her life and the past comes flooding back in big waves. They reconnect and discover what real love is all about. I liked the fact that this relationship between Cameron and Jennifer was real but not sexual. In fact, when she does have sex with her boyfriend she feels unconnected to him. This love is not about sex but about experiences that will live within you for a lifetime. It rushes in and takes over.

The characters of the story were real and you truly wanted to be their friends. I especially liked Jennifer's dad. He was someone that I wish I could talk with for hours. The book is also one that doesn't have a definitive ending. I kept thinking up fun endings for days afterwards.

Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
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