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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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Synopsis

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.

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.

Member ratings (497)

  • 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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What the River Knows
As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow
Dragonfruit
The Reappearance of Rachel Price
Gwen & Art Are Not in Love
Check & Mate
Divine Rivals
Legendborn
Foul Lady Fortune
Anna K Away
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The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
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Patron Saints of Nothing
The Kingdom of Back
Yes No Maybe So
Looking for Alaska
Permanent Record
Full Disclosure
Oasis
Where the World Ends
I Have No Secrets
Song of the Crimson Flower
When the Stars Lead to You
All the Bright Places
Saving Zoë
Hello Girls
Symptoms of a Heartbreak
All of Us with Wings
The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World
Past Perfect Life
There's Something About Sweetie
Again, But Better
Sky Without Stars
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Night Music
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The Deceivers
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