Publication Date: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Synopsis (Goodreads): As a pastor’s kid, it’s hard not to buy into the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reasons to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI, and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town goes missing, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam’s personal one, and the already worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel.
In her third novel, acclaimed author Sara Zarr examines the coexistence of affliction and hope, and what happens when everything you thought you believed—about God, your family, and yourself—is transformed.
Personal Thoughts: This was one of those books where you expect one thing to happen but something else entirely happens. The writing style was just right and it allowed us, as the reader, to see exactly what Sam/Samara was going through on a day to day basis. We could feel the pain and angst that she was feeling, the anxiety and anger. It was very well done. There were a few twists and turns that blew me away because I wasn’t expecting them to happen, but they did make the story go forward and speed up the pace.
I found that the secondary characters( Sam’s best friend and Daniel) didn’t really do much to add to the story, and they felt like fillers. On the other hand Nick and Erin really added to the plot line. The ending was definitely a shocker but I won’t say what happened because I don’t want to spoil it for others who haven’t read it yet.
This book is about questioning faith and those around us. When the one’s that we love and have faith in disappoint or are not there for us when we really need them, that is when our world starts to be seen in a different light. You can see from Sam’s point of view of how she questions everything and she doesn’t feel like she belongs or who to turn to. This is a heartwarming story of one girl’s search for the faith that she once had, but doesn’t know when she lost it.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars