Sara Zarr will be signing at the Rapunzel Roundup, August 23rd, 1 p.m. at the Foothill Library, 1135 South 2100 East, Salt Lake City
Sweethearts is the story of Jenna Vaughn, a teenager in Salt Lake. She has reinvented herself–she’s lost twenty pounds, made friends at a new school, has a cute boyfriend–and is able to put her awkward early years behind her. However, when her only friend and fellow social outcast from elementary school, a boy she thought was dead, reappears on her doorstep he brings with him all the troubled memories and issues of her childhood.
Is the old Jenna the real Jenna? Can she hang on to her newfound social niche despite the past? The issues that Sweethearts addresses are genuine, heartrending at times, and highlight the awkwardness of reconciling the many selves we carry around with us. Sara Zarr set the bar high with her first novel, Story of a Girl, a National Book Award nominee, and Sweethearts lives up to it and more.