Apr 25, 2014

Review -- Sweethearts

Author: Sara Zarr
Release Date: February 1st, 2008
Publisher: Little Brown
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 217
Format: Paperback, bought

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As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also one another's only friend. So when Cameron disappears without warning, Jennifer thinks she's lost the only person who will ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed. Known as Jenna, she's popular, happy, and dating, everything "Jennifer" couldn't be---but she still can't shake the memory of her long-lost friend. 

When Cameron suddenly reappears, they are both confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have taken.

From the National Book Award nominated author of Story of a Girl, Sweethearts is a story about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts.

My Review:
Jennifer, or aka Jenna, grew up with a childhood best friend, Cameron. They were together all the time and couldn't stand to not be together. Then one day out of no where, he just disappears. She spends the next 8 years missing him, thinking he died. She can't hide her shock when one day, he comes back into her life.

The majority of this book is her battling with her emotions and her struggle to want to eat. She used to be a bigger girl and got made fun of a lot. When she moved away herself, she vowed to change herself. She started watching what she ate and got herself skinny. When Cameron shows up, she spends the next few months battling with the food she is intaking.

Throughout the story, you get flashbacks of a time that was very tramatizing to Jenna. You get small glimpses of what happened throughout the story and find out at the end what all really happened. You have this big horrible ending in your head, but it just fell flat for me.

I felt she was really naggy throughout the whole story. I didn't really connect with her much. I tried, I really tried. Then there is Cameron, who one minute wants to be around, the next minute he isn't. It is all really annoying. But still, I persevered through the story hoping for a happy ending.

As I said about on the flashbacks, the real ending to the story fell even more flat. I sat there looking at the end of the book thinking there has to be more. I feel like I was just pulled onto a journey that wasn't meant to be taken. I spent the day reading a book that I had a good feeling about. I was very disappointed. I understand not all stories end well, but the amount of time and effort she put into the story seeming like it would end differently was highly disappointing.

I gave this book a 2 out of 5 stars to be slightly generous, also because the writing wasn't that horrible. I could see a good writing style, just the story itself wasn't great. The plot was decent. I just felt throughout most of the story that it was boring and that something had to eventually happen. It was very relatable, as you read about her struggles and the things she dealt with in her life. But when offered the chance to fix things, things were handled in a way that wasn't worth reading.

I've heard so many great things about this author, but after what I just read, I don't know if I will give her another chance again.

Not for me.

1 comment:

  1. Too bad this what you were hoping for, it sounds like it has a good plot to it though. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts.


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