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Saving Zoë by Alyson Noël
Young adult

Saving Zoë

by Alyson Noël

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To move on from her sister's murder, a teenager delves into her life. Read the book now, watch the movie later.

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    Family drama

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    Now a movie


It's been one year since the brutal murder of her older 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 Zoë 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.

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Why I love it

Vanessa Marano: Producers, actors, screenwriters, makeup artists, whoever … we all got into the entertainment industry because we love stories. And reading is how we uncover those stories. In this story, I love Zoë's zest for life and her refusal to stay in the background. She feels like her surroundings are small and unimportant, but that doesn't stop her from knowing that more is out there. I would say the hardest and saddest part of Zoë's story is the fact that she feels alone. She suffers in silence and that is something that breaks my heart.

Laura Marano : Saving Zoë was and still is such a special book. It made us feel so many things while we were reading it. It's a book about grief, and if you have lost somebody, it’s both a tough read and incredibly cathartic. If you have a sibling, you won’t be able to help yourself getting emotional. Most importantly, it touches on a subject that is more relevant than ever before, but we won't give that away. We’ll let you read it first.

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Member ratings (494)

  • Taylor C.

    Brandenburg, KY

    This book is so good! I had a good time reading about Zoë and Echo. Echo didn’t forget about her sister. I absolutely loved this book. It was sad and happy. I couldn’t put the book down once I started

  • SG-1112-0597 M.

    Portland, OR

    Takes place a year after Echo’s sister, Zoe, is murdered and the impact of that on Echo’s life as she tries to navigate a new school and have an identity beyond that of her tragedy. An enjoyable read.

  • Diana C.

    Wapato, WA

    I really loved this book. I finished this book in about 5 days after receiving it, only because I was reading it on my breaks at work. But the weekend came and I couldn’t put it down. Love the ending!

  • Terri B.

    Valley Park, MO

    Such a touching story on learning to survive heartbreak and trauma. You feel for Echo every step of the way. Word to the Wise: if you want to watch the movie, do that first. Book is *so* much better.

  • Brynn B.

    Newberg, OR

    Every once in a while a crave a good YA book. This one checked off that need. I liked how she overcame her grief through reading her sister's diary and it helped her know her sister better as well.

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