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Love, Sara Hardcover – October 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 16 years
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805067973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805067972
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,070,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Through a series of e-mail exchanges, diary entries and fiction penned by an intelligent narrator, Lundgren (We Sing the City) shapes a fast-paced and emotionally layered novel about a troubled high school junior living with a foster family. Gradually, readers learn that Sara Reichert was sexually abused by her father and other men, then was shuffled from home to home. Now, having lived with the stable Carol and her two children for nearly four years, Sara is finally feeling somewhat grounded and has her first real friends. Even so, she's haunted by her past, and unable to discuss her feelings except in the stories she writes for her Honors English class. Meanwhile, her best friend, Dulcie, and Dulcie's boyfriend are in a dramatic Romeo and Juliet-like relationship. When Sara first decides to join their suicide pact, then rejects it, she doesn't know who to turn to for help. The narrative starts slowly, but Lundgren smoothly incorporates the various storytelling devices and keeps the narrative going apace. Sara addresses her journal entries to Toulouse-Lautrec (because "You were an outsider too") and her stories add texture and complexity as the plots and metaphors subtly reveal events from her past. Lundgren captures powerful emotions in brief exchanges and the turn of a phrase. Ages 12-up. (Oct.).

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

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Read the book and you will know the ending.
I read this book a few days ago, and the pages are tearstained.
Finally Sara's life is in order and things are going good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Sara Reichart is a sixteen year-old girl who looks forward to entering her junior year with her best friend, Dulcie, a Korean adoptee. However, Sara is no ordinary girl in that she is living with a foster mother, who is a widow with a twelve year-old daughter and a six year-old son. Sara was taken out of her parents' custody when it was found out that her father was sexually abusing her. "I only did it to save Suzy (her younger sister)" she says. Sara has been in many foster homes before, and for some reason or another, it has not worked out. She has also been in hospitals for struggling with depression, suicide attempts, and self-mutilation. Clearly, she is a very confused and very misunderstood young teenager, who has to deal with flashbacks (even when a boy just touches her) and feelings of anger and rejection, and the difficulty of being the odd girl in a close family, in addition to normal teenage angst.
When Dulcie falls in love with John, his traditional parents don't approve of her Korean nationality, while her parents don't want her to be dating a sophisticated, popular boy. Even Sara, herself, is originally suspicious, but soon grows to care for John and his friends. When Dulcie finds out that she is pregnant, she feels at a loss because her parents will be furious, and John's have thrown him out of the house already. Feeling abandoned and alone, they make a suicide pact to die together, and Sara, not wanting to be alone, decides to join. I won't spoil the ending other than to say that it is both hopeful, yet painfully realistic.
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Format: Hardcover
Love, Sara is a book that can really reach into the minds of teenagers. This book is about a girl named Sara who is a foster child, and has been transferred many times from family to family. Finally Sara's life is in order and things are going good. She finally has a close friend and she thinks her foster mom is almost ready to adopt her. Her best friend Darcy has just started seeing the most popular guy in the school, and things are like heaven for the both of them. But when Darcy becomes pregnant Sara's life takes a complete U turn. Tragedy strikes and Sara finds her self in a situation that could mean life or death. Almost throughout the entire book I was on the edge of my seat. The reading isn't difficult it's a very easy book to understand. I got this book for a reading assignment in my English 9 class, and was procrastinating actually reading it until the very last minute. When it had finally come down to the last three days before the reading assignment was actually due, I finally decided to open the book and dive into the life of young Sara. What I was expecting was just another teen book, that would take me a couple of days, but I wouldn't really be able to get into it. What I found out, however, was that Love, Sara is a book that really keeps you interested, and it's a page turner. I had actually read the book in a matter of hours, and was definitely impressed. The book however does leave a few of the questions you might have unanswered at the end of the book , which was a little disappointing, but Love, Sara is definitely a fantastic book, and I would recommend reading it.
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By Staci on October 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read the book Love, Sara written by Mary Beth Lundgren. It is about to high school girls that are best friends named Sara and Dulcie. Dulcie falls for a guy named Jon and makes Sara feel kind of jealous. Sara talks to Dulcie a lot through emails but doesn't feel; as close to her as she use to be, so Sara tries to tell Dulcie that Jon's friends are acting fake and they don't want to be her friends. Jon's parents are wealthy and expect the best of him but they cant always get what they want. Jon and Dulcie get really close sand he tells her he loves her. After a while they get really close and end up getting physical with one another. This wasn't the smartest idea of the two because Jon's parents don't like Dulcie and don't want them to be together. A couple of days after their contact with one another Dulcie ended up being pregnant. Dulcie tells Jon and Jon tells his parents, and they throw him out of the house. Well Sara thinks they should get an abortion but Dulcie and Jon want to have it. Dulcie and Jon end up out on their own. Read the book and you will know the ending. Great book, recommend it to everyone.
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By mandy on April 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
this story was told through poems, quotes, creative writing projects and journal entries. never does the author directly tell you the story. you basically rifle through this girls writing and learn her life. its not a page turner at the begining but knowing that the girls friend gets pregnant and a conflict ensues makes it worth reading. by the end, you cant stop reading for anything. the first book thats made me cry in years. you can totally relate to the girl if youve ever been through hardships like these ones, and if you havent, you can definitely sympathize. too good for words, and if i told you any of the rest of the story, id tell you the whole story, but you have to read it without a biased oppinion. this book is so much more than worth while.
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