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Sara Zarr

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Sara Zarr was born in Cleveland, grew up in San Francisco and Pacifica, CA, and now lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and various small pets. After a short and unrewarding career in the commercial printing industry, Sara wrote her first young adult nove - a sad family drama about a girl and her guitar. Though the book got her an agent, editors described it in their rejections as "too depressing," "too quiet," and other variations of "not good."

Sara's love of young adult literature and competitive nature kept her writing. Nine years, three completed novels, and one agent change later, Story of a Girl sold to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in 2005. Another family drama, this one set in Pacifica, Story of a Girl has received advanced praise from acclaimed authors such as Chris Crutcher, John Green, and Mary Pearson. She is currently working on her second young adult novel for Little, Brown.

In her spare time, Sara enjoys indulging in time-wasting habits such as playing online poker, reading blogs, and watching reality TV.

Genres: Young Adult Fiction
Non fiction
Sara Zarr recommends
This Gorgeous Game (2010)
Donna Freitas
"A remarkable book that will speak not just to teens, but to women of all ages."
Stick (2011)
Andrew Smith
"Andrew Smith is one of the most courageous and compelling authors I've read. Stick moved me deeply."
The Reece Malcolm List (2013)
Amy Spalding
"Moving and funny-a terrifically satisfying read."
Guy in Real Life (2014)
Steve Brezenoff
"In a voice full of authentic grit, poetic verve, and real emotion, Steve Brezenoff weaves a tale that feels both wholly original and instantly classic. Another fantastic book from a writer I envy and admire."
No Parking At the End Times (2015)
Bryan Bliss
"This quietly powerful story moved me deeply."
Now & When (2020)
Sara Bennett Wealer
"rom the meet-cute to the emotional conclusion, a breezy rom-com and poignant coming of age story in perfect balance."

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