Sunday, June 9, 2013

WHAT WE LOST by Sara Zarr

Somehow I missed this Sara Zarr book, but happily that has been corrected. 

Living in Pineview doesn't offer much excitement, but when tragedy strikes Samara "Sam" Taylor wishes her town was back to its boring, old self.  Sam is struggling with family issues when Jody disappears.  The town focus is on finding the missing teen.  Sam joins in the search, but her own problems intensify causing her to worry that she will appear self-absorbed.

As the daughter of the local minister, Sam must be a glowing example of the perfect teen.  Over the years, her mother has succumbed to the pressures of being a pastor's wife and taken to drinking.  An accident and DUI conviction has her locked away in rehab, and with the town in chaos, Sam wishes more than anything that her mother was home.

Torn between her fear for the missing teen and her frustration and worry about her parents' crumbling relationship, Sam is looking for help in all the wrong places.  When she should be sticking close to home to prevent her busy father from worrying, she takes to disappearing which causes even more strain on fragile friendships and her relationship with her father.  How can she remain true to herself and her beliefs when even a minister seems to be compromising his faith every day?

WHAT WE LOST by Sara Zarr delves into family relationships and a young girl questioning her faith in God.  Readers will keep turning pages as they join in Sam's search for answers and the search for a missing girl.

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