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Friday, October 8, 2010

saving zoe

(the following is a summary from the author's website)
It's been one year since the brutal murder of her sister, Zoë, and fifteen year old Echo is still reeling from the aftermath. Her parents are numb, her friends are moving on, and the awkward start to her freshman year proves she'll never live up to her sister's memory.

Until Zoë's former boyfriend Marc shows up with her diary.

At first Echo's not interested, doubting there's anything in there she doesn't already know. But when curiosity prevails, she starts reading, becoming so immersed in her sister's secret world, their lives begin to blur, forcing Echo to uncover the truth behind Zoë's life, so that she can start to rebuild her own.

Evelynne's Review...

Saving Zoe, by Alyson Noel, is a wonderful book about the struggles Echo is dealing with, like the stress of her sister's death and having to deal with the staring and whispering at her from school.

This book is packed with so many emotions like being scared, excitement, depression, anxiousness, and hope. Saving Zoe made me sad and made me laugh. I could really feel Echo's grief for her sister.

I also loved the passages from Zoe's dairy--I just couldn't stop reading.

Overall, I'd recommend anyone who reads books to read this wonderful book. I think if you are under the age of 13 you should consider asking you parents if you could read this book.

4/5 chocolate bars ... death/vampire appropriateness


  1. Ooh, I love to see good reviews of contemporary realistic fiction I haven't read yet. I'll have to take a look at this one, Evelynne! :)

  2. I'm going to recommend this to my daughter. She's almost 12, but I think she can handle it. Great review!

  3. Hmmm. I'm not sure what "death/vampire appropriateness" means, but your review of the book is intriguing, and I'll put it on my list. I love the title, too. I'm wondering how you "Save Zoe" if she's already dead!

  4. Hmm, sounds like a great book. I'm intrigued by the author's choice of names in this book already. It's interesting that the main character's name is "Echo". It makes me wonder if this symbolizes the "echoes" of her sister inside of her? It's even more interesting that the name "Zoe" means "life" in Greek.

    Anyway, I have a couple questions about the book. How much older was Zoe? Were the two sisters similar or were they quite different? Did Echo share the diary with anyone else from her family? What stage of grief is Echo in...has she started to accept her sister's death?

    Thanks! Ms. Nordskog

  5. I'm not realy sure how old zoe is but shes not much older than echo. There pretty diffrent zoe's extreamly out going but echo isn't.I cant say if she shared the dairy it would be a spioler.In the beginning it says shes sttarting to make ammeneds with zoes death.

  6. I've read this book and, too, recommend it to ANYONE. This book was really good, and actually had me crying during some parts. The stories that Zoe introduced me to were painful, complicated, and very empathizing. I couldn't put the book down, and actually read it more than once. It is a MUST READ, especially if you have nothing to do.

    P.S. as far as the ages go...I'd say that Echo is fifteen and Zoe was about sixteen or seventeen.


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