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I'm A Book Shark

Freelance copyeditor to all amazing self-published and independent authors. Check out my editing page for more information. <3 Mickey is the blogger behind I’m A Book Shark. She really wishes there was a better explanation for why she’s a book shark. A new twitter name was needed, and it had to be about her favorite hobby: reading! For whatever reason, sharks also came to mind, and a book shark was born. Besides reading, Mickey is a natural reddish-headed, late-twenties, tattooed, entertainment-of-all-kinds lover, wife of husband, mother of reptiles (and a cat and two puppies, all spoiled), student, employee, boss, and (mostly) raw vegan. Oh yeah, and she likes to blog. www.imabookshark.com

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The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World
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J.A. Redmerski
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Selena Laurence
How to Save a Life - Sara Zarr I really enjoyed this novel. I didn't think I would because I felt like it stared a bit slow, but after a while I was really into it. I appreciate alternating POVs, and it's written in present tense, so I super liked it.

Mandy is a flaky, abused young woman who finds herself pregnant and desperate. She doesn't know exactly what she wants, but by using the internet she finds Jill's mom. She wants a baby after the death of her husband, but Jill isn't completely on board. This story is what happens when strangers come together for the good of an unborn human life.

I read the second half of this book in one sitting. Mostly it was because I needed to mail the ARC on to the next reader, but I was also very into the story by then. It took a while, but I really felt for Jill after a while. And Mandy just got on my nerves with all the going back and forth. I wanted more importance from the Alex situation, but it just seemed to be pretty plain. Mandy is kind of a weirdo but you can barely blame her. I did want her to get with someone in particular, but that's okay.

Definitely a recommended novel. It's a different idea for a YA novel. It's a serious topic, and the perspectives make it interesting in the YA sense.