How to Save a Life is about two girls trying to figure out who they are and what family means to them.
At the Guardian Zarr tagged the top ten family dramas that inspired her story, including:
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-GarciaRead about another title on the list.
Every time I tell someone about this book, I start to cry. Delphine, eleven, and her two younger sisters Vonetta and Fern travel across the country to spend the summer with their mom, who they hardly know (and who happens to be a figure in the Black Power movement of the late sixties). Watching these girls try to figure out who their mother is and why she left them breaks my heart in the best way.