Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Once Was Lost

Sara Zarr tackles big issues in her books, and this one is no exception.  Sam is a pastor's daughter whose mother is in rehab.  She feels pressure to be the perfect daughter and feels like an outsider among her friends who see her "differently."  Then a local teen goes missing, and Sam understandably begins to question her faith.  Her father seems to be able to counsel everyone else, but can't talk to his daughter. 

I think every person, sometimes during their teens, begins to question the faith to which their parents have exposed them.  This is a normal process, even without the turmoil that Sam experiences in Once Was Lost.  The book does a good job dealing with these issues and adds additional drama to keep the book exciting.  It is definitely a "girl book" and students who like reading about teen issues will enjoy this one.

3 comments:

  1. Nice review. It's good to see what the young folks are reading.
    Mike

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  2. Great review! I'm adding this to my reading pile, it sounds awesome :)

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  3. Hi. Since you were kind enough to stop by my blog, I wanted to return the favor. And I'm glad I did because now I have another blog to follow. I love your title, too.

    Once Was Lost is in my to read stack. I attend the Texas Book Festival last year and got to listen to the author talk about her work and this book. I also snagged an autographed copy of the book. I may just have to move this up on the TBR.

    Mrs. Archer's Book Notes.

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