Review: Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Posted February 19, 2014 in 4 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!



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.(

Initial Thoughts

My initial thoughts were that this book was going to be a typical teen love story. That was only kind of true. You can tell by the title and the synopsis that it is a love story but there were other circumstances in the book that I enjoyed.

My New Best Friend

I don’t know about a best friend but I loved Alan, the step dad. He was really chill and cool. He’d be a good person to go talk to or just hang out with no pressure. He was like a big teddy bear.

My Crush

I didn’t really have a crush going into this book. I liked Cameron but he had a lot of things going on. The other boys were your typical teenagers who just wanted to have a girlfriend. It wasn’t the kind of book where you really love a character I found.

Writing Style

I thought the writing was really good. It didn’t drag on. It was sweet and simple which I found I really liked. She didn’t elaborate on things that weren’t important. Everything she wrote was relevant in some way.

Closing Thoughts

This was a cute, short and sweet book. It didn’t take long to finish it at all. I love that it wasn’t a typical love story. There was no happy ending, or even a happy beginning. There was some intense stuff happening in the characters lives. I liked that because it meant that they weren’t the usually pretty popular girl who meets the new cute guy. It was refreshing and really enjoyable.


I loved the cover for this book. It was really simple but really cute. Extra points for that!


“Because love, love is never finished. It circles and circles, the memories out of order and not always complete.”

4 out of 5


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