Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel

It's been a year since her older sister's murder, and Echo is still far from being completely okay. Since Zoe's untimely demise, Echo has been trying her hardest to be the strong one, while her mother takes too many antidepressents and her father works too much. But at the start of her freshmen year of high school, Echo receives an unlikely gift from Zoe's old boyfriend: her diary. Echo is hesitant to read it, but can't put it down after she gets caught up in Zoe's secret life. Can Echo learn to separate her and Zoe's lives, all while saving Zoe's memory?

I thought that Saving Zoe was an extraordinary novel. It was sad and tragic, but remained full of hope until the very end. It was really interesting reading Zoe's diary along with Echo, because she was very enigmatic and mysterious. She also got into quite a bit of trouble and did the things most people wish they could do and get away with it. Echo learns more about her sister from the diary than she did living with her for thirteen years, which is a sad fact. But Echo comes to understand Zoe better than ever, and I loved how Saving Zoe showed that the bonds of sisterhood could actually be strengthened after death. I do wish there was more about Zoe and Echo and their relationship before Zoe's death, because that's something I think was lacking. But regardless, Saving Zoe is very well-written and poignant, and will appeal to fans of books about sisters.

Reviewer Age:19
Reviewer City, State and Country: Aston, Pennsylvania United States

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