Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Once Was Lost (YA review)

Sara Zarr most definitely has a knack for pulling her readers in quickly and leaving them loving the characters and wanting much, much more once the last page has been turned. I felt this way after her first two books and Once was Lost was certainly no exception.

Publisher's description:
"Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles. She used to believe in a lot of things. As a pastor's kid, it's hard not to buy in to the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reason to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town is kidnapped, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam's personal one, and the already-worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel.

In her third novel, acclaimed author Sara Zarr examines the coexistence of affliction and hope, and what happens when everything you thought you believed---about God, about your family, about yourself---is transformed.

Zarr's character work is exceptional and her subject matter is so impressive. She takes "issues," this one being alcoholism, and creates a book that lets the issue sit on the back burner and the characters and their own stories be front and center. Sam is true to life and so emotionally realistic that teens will be able to relate to her feelings about her family and friendships. Oh and did I mention the beautiful cover? Well...it's beautiful.

A definite must read for teens and adults.

To learn more, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

Once Was Lost
Sara Zarr
224 pages
Young Adult
Little, Brown
October 2009


Staci said...

This book sounds truly wonderful. I must read it!! Nice review Amanda!!

Mollie said...

So jealous! I LOVED Zarr's Sweethearts. Probably one of my favorite YA novels. I'm really looking forward to reading this!