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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Once Was Lost


Once Was Lost
By Sara Zarr

Summary was taken from amazon.com:

Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles. She used to believe in a lot of things. As a pastor's kid, it's hard not to buy in to the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reason to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town is kidnapped, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam's personal one, and the already-worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel.


So, wow. There is a ton of YA lit coming out with Christian themes in it. First, The Dark Divine - then, Donut Days.. and now this one. I really enjoyed this one because it delved into the issues of the church a bit.. how it feels to have someone so involved in it all. I grew up with a dad who was in the music ministry at church. He's gotten better lately about stepping back and not doing so much to be with family, but I could relate to the main character.

Then there's the side plot with Jody, Nick's little sister going missing. I have to admit, I was surprised by how all of that turned out. Mostly because it would be fairly unrealistic. But, you have to read the book to see what I mean. Of course, God does work in mysterious ways. Having the background that I do, I really could relate to this book and the main character.

Definitely a great read, with an exciting plot and realistic characters.

5/5 Roses



*ARC was provided by publisher for review.

20 comments:

  1. I so badly want to read this, it looks amazing! :]

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  2. This seems like a book every teenager should read.
    (I know, we aren't teenagers.)
    Here's why: based on the summary & what you thought of it, I think every teen who is questioning everything might get some ideas about life from this.

    I think you just talked me into it!

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  3. I just added this book to my wishlist. It looks really interesting. Great review!

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  4. Glad to hear you liked this one too!

    I have an ARC I picked up from BEA. I'm hoping I'll get to it sometime soon! Who knows though!

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  5. I'm glad this one is a good read. This is currently in my to be read stack.

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  6. Thank you for the review.
    All the best,
    RKCharron

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  7. There really is a ton of Christian themed YA lit. out right now. The great thing is that they all sound decent, if not fantastic. I've been looking at reviews for this one and I think I'll pick it up eventually.

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  8. I read this during the Readathon and it was sooo good.

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  9. I've seen this book around but havent read it yet.

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  10. Good review. I havent heard of this one before but it sounds interesting. I am thinking I will have to check it out.

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  11. Great review. Once was lost sounds like a really good book. I might check it out on my next library visit.

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  12. I've been really wanting to read this one as well. I love how there are more Christian themed books coming out with YA. Plus you can never go wrong with Sara Zarr.

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  13. I haven't read a Sara Zarr book yet but I heard she's amazing!

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  14. I haven't read any Sara Zarr but I really want to! This one looks good.

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  15. I haven't read many YA books with a Christian theme. Thanks for the great review!

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  16. Enjoyed the review. Sounds good.

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  17. I love the cover, it's so pretty and gorgeous and I really enjoy reading Sara Zarr's books. It sounds great - I can't wait to read!

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  18. I haven't read one of Sara's books before but they are on my wishlists. Once Was Lost sounds so good. Glad you liked it. :D

    ~Briana

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  19. I want to read this mostly because I'm familiar with the author's other works, though this one doesn't sound quite as good as her others.

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