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.


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

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

  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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