Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

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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.

From National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr, Sweethearts is a story about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts.

About Sara Zarr

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Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of How to Save a Life, What We Lost, Sweethearts, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl.
Published February 1, 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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After years working to achieve popularity, Jenna tries not to think about elementary school: the lisp, the tears, the fat.

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Through well-timed flashbacks, thin, popular high school senior Jenna remembers being fat Jennifer, who along with her best friend, Cameron, endures teasing in elementary school and a hard home life (her single mother is almost never home, and his abusive father traumatizes both children).

Dec 24 2007 | Read Full Review of Sweethearts

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Deseret News

Sara Zarr is a Salt Lake resident whose excellent debut novel, "Story of a Girl," was nominated for a National Book Award.

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Common Sense Media

When Cameron reappears in Jenna's life, Jenna begins binge eating and shoplifting again.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

By the end of the book, Jenna’s memories don’t weaken her as much as they used to, and she’s more accepting of her life - both past and present.

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