“Sometimes rescue comes to you. It just shows up, and you do nothing. Maybe you deserve it, maybe you don’t.”
I rarely read a book that begins with a 13 year old having sex with a seventeen year old in the back of a Buick. But guess what? This happens. And no one talks about it. I had the pleasure of being introduced to Sara at a Teen Book festival where she was rightfully placed in a panel for dealing with real-life difficult situations. I would not have picked this book up otherwise but I’m glad I did. The main character, Deanna lives in a gossipy small town and must learn to cope with her past and future after the repercussions of her thirteen year old decisions. Zarr approaches another difficult situation in the role of Deanna’s brother who must remain living with his parents after his girlfriend becomes pregnant. This book is not your typical teenage drama. It delves into some gossip but more so into Deanna’s feelings and how she overcomes the label everyone has given her. It was hard to put down and I finished so quickly that I almost wanted to start it over again. We all make mistakes. This is a book that tells us we can learn from them and move on.