Gush, gush, gush!

She does it again!  I just finished Sara Zarr’s third novel; Once Was Lost.  I loved the first two I read; Sweethearts and Story of a Girl, but this one might be her best.  Zarr does a masterful job of combining an interesting and page-turning plot with authentic teenage voices, real and complex adult characters.  This latest book exemplifies what I wrote about in an earlier post about layers of conflict.  There is a mystery which is central to the story, but also family conflict, love interests and quarrels between friends.

On her website I read that Story of a Girl was her fifth novel written but first published.  It gives me hope.