- Title: Love, Sara
- Author: Mary Beth Lundgren
- Released: 2001-10-01
- Pages: 176
- ISBN: 0805067973
- ISBN13: 978-0805067972
- ASIN: 0805067973
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Through journal entries and e-mails, readers are introduced to Sara, whose voice is alternately light and weighty, as she tells of her slow growth into her new foster home. Sexually abused by her father, Sara was taken from her family and has learned not to trust anyone except her best friend, Dulcie. She has been moved in and out of various homes until landing with Carol and her two children. Sara and Dulcie's frequent e-mails are full of typical teen angst about love and school, clothes and complaints. The normalcy reflected here is balanced by journal entries addressed to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, in which Sara reveals her internal struggles. English assignments included in the journal along with teacher comments elucidate that pain and hurt from her past that form the basis of her mistrust and alienation. Even as readers see her beginning to heal, events conspire to push her into believing that there is no hope for her. As the book races to the end, they will be on edge wondering if the strengths she has gained will be enough when pregnant Dulcie and her boyfriend, who has been disowned by his wealthy family, are killed in an accident. Sara is an unreliable narrator at times, and readers will need to pay close attention to subtle hints about what is going on. While lacking emotional depth and complexity, the fast-paced narrative and teen voice provide plenty of appeal, even for reluctant readers.
Carol A. Edwards, Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa, CA
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