Teen-aged Jenna is smart, pretty and popular. What her friends and boyfriend don’t know is that Jenna used to be Jennifer–a shy, overweight, picked-on child with a soul mate who disappeared. Jenna’s past and present converge when Cameron, her one true friend, abruptly re-enters her life.
After being so intensely affected by Sara Zarr’s newest novel, Once was Lost, I was apprehensive about reading her earlier work. The bar had been set so high for me, I was worried her previous novels wouldn’t live up to my expectations. Boy, was I wrong. Sweethearts is a tender, realistic portrayal of one girl’s difficult youth including her flawed but well-meaning family and her indescribable connection with a boy who needed a friend as desperately as she did. A beautiful novel.
~ Tricia is CPL’s teen librarian and is currently preparing for an orientation for her summer teen volunteers.