How to Save a Life is Zarr's latest and it is another completely original story with well-developed characters you really come to care about pretty quickly.
HTSAL is told from two POVs. Mandy, a pregnant teen from Council Bluffs, Iowa and Jill, an only child from a wealthy suburb in Denver. Jill has lost her father to a car accident eleven months ago and now her mother has decided to openly adopt Mandy's baby. She met Mandy on the internet and agreed to no contracts, no lawyers, no social workers, etc.
Jill is cynical and seriously still grieving her dad. She is suspicious of Mandy's real motives. Mandy is a lost soul, pretty much, her mother is a such an extreme jerk and has told her never to come back.
This is a very beautiful story of broken lives and broken people and healing. Great book. Made me cry, which is tough to do. Well, for a book!