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Content Review: Sweethearts by Sarah Zarr

By Sarah Zarr                                                                                                                                         Review by Abigaile 
Intended Audience: YA 
Age of main character: 17

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. 



Sexual Content: 



-Some of the bullies told Jenna that Cameron died, and explained him getting run over by a car, and brain matter and blood everywhere. 

Other Notables: 

-All of Jenna's friends are talking about how they are going to buy vodka on Halloween for Steph’s party, but Jenna does not support this. She ends up leaving the party after everyone starts drinking. 

-Ethan picks Jenna up while he is drunk. 

-As a kid she stole candy bars from 7 eleven, and she also stole a couple of things while being 17 

-Some kids at her school from when she was 9, called her names like "fattier" and "baby". And they bullied her a lot. 


8 of 10 

Was it any good? 

I LOVED THIS BOOK! Its very hard to make me cry, and there were parts in this book that made me cry... or at least tear up. The only thing I didn't like about this book is that is wasn't long enough! I will definitely be reading Sara Zarr's other books! 

Reading level: Young Adult 
Paperback: 224 pages 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (January 1, 2009) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0316014567 
ISBN-13: 978-0316014564