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Sara Zarr

Sara is the author of Story of a Girl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Spring 2007) - ISBN: 0-316-01453-2


headshot_szarr.jpgSara Zarr was born in Cleveland, grew up in San Francisco and Pacifica, CA, and now lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and various small pets. After a short and unrewarding career in the commercial printing industry, Sara wrote her first young adult novel—-a sad family drama about a girl and her guitar. Though the book got her an agent, editors described it in their rejections as “too depressing,” “too quiet,” and other variations of “not good.”

Sara’s love of young adult literature and competitive nature kept her writing. Nine years, three completed novels, and one agent change later, Story of a Girl sold to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in 2005. Another family drama, this one set in Pacifica, Story of a Girl has received advanced praise from acclaimed authors such as Chris Crutcher, John Green, and Mary Pearson. She is currently working on her second young adult novel for Little, Brown.

In her spare time, Sara enjoys indulging in time-wasting habits such as playing online poker, reading blogs, and watching reality TV.

Book: Story of a Girl
/_/Story_of_a_Girl.jpgWhen she is caught in the backseat of a car with her older brother’s best friend, Deanna Lambert’s teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the lasting repercussions and the stifling role of “school slut,” she longs to escape a life defined by her past.

With subtle grace, complicated wisdom, and striking emotion, Story of a Girl reminds us of our human capacity for resilience, epiphany, and redemption.

Book Info:

  • ISBN (Hardcover): 0-316-01453-2
  • ISBN-13 (Hardcover): 978-0-316-01453-3
  • Release date: January 10, 2007
  • Pages: 208


Zarr’s story ends on a hopeful but realistic note with everyone taking baby steps toward something approaching normalcy. This involving, touching first novel will resonate with those who have made mistakes and those who have not.
—Kirkus Reviews

Starred review. —School Library Journal

Buy it Here:

Story of a Girl