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Saving Zoë

SAVING ZOË


One dead sister's secrets save the other's life—in more ways than one...

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

Prepare to laugh your heart out and cry your eyes out in this highly addictive tale, as Alyson Noël tackles the complicated relationship between two sisters and shows how the bond can endure long after one of them is gone.

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SAVING ZOË
St. Martin's Griffin Paperback (September 4, 2007)
# ISBN-10: 0312355106
# ISBN-13: 9780312676834

St. Martin's Griffin Paperback (February 2011)
# ISBN-13: 9780312676834


PRAISE

  • National Reader's Choice Award winner for the Young Adult category
  • Nominated for YALSA's 2008 Teens' Top Ten list!
  • Nominated for a CYBIL AWARD
  • Featured on the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment as a book to buy for teens!
  • Chosen as one of the "Best Books of 2007" on TeenReads.com
  • Makes the "Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten List" on TeensReadToo.com
  • Chosen as a Junior Advisory Board "Favourite read" for Canada's largest book retailer, Chapter/Indigo/Coles

"This is one of Alyson Noël's stronger books, with lots of emotion and depth. 5 STARS."
   —Kimberly Pauley, Young Adult Books Central (YABC)

"Reveals the hidden dangers of social networking on the Internet and date rape drugs. Noël get the message across without being preachy; readers will learn from it and enjoy the novel's suspense and intrigue."
   —School Library Journal

"Although Alyson Noël is best known for her lighter, contemporary stories, she has taken a serious, heartbreaking plot line and turned it into a winner that you'll never forget. I found myself as immersed in Zoë's life as Echo did, and found it hard to put the book down the entire time I was reading. Ms. Noël has done an awesome job with this weightier subject matter, and I hope to read more stories in this vein from her in the future. 5 STARS, GOLD AWARD."
   —Jennifer Wardrip, TeensReadToo

"This well-written story is both tragic and optimistic. Besides coping with her own grief, Echo must deal with the additional pressure of being overprotected by her numb, pill-popping mother and her absentee father. Echo decides to have a heart-to-heart discussion with her parents and this leads to positive changes. Zoë's family members and friends demonstrate that love and memories do not have to die along with the loved one. Noël's novel will remind readers to appreciate the people in their lives."
   —Mary Jo Edwards, Children's Literature

"Noël tells the story through the first-person narrative of Zoë's and Echo's diaries, using a conversational style that makes a quick read... these issues merit discussion, and Noel presents them without preaching or judging."
   —VOYA

"Alyson Noël stunned me once again with her book, SAVING ZOË. I have read books by Alyson Noël before, but this is by far my favorite ...It's hard not to get sucked in as you laugh with Echo's first boyfriend problems and even harder when you cry at the issues she must confront as she learns more and more about her sister. This book has become one of my favorites of all time!"
   —Meagan, Teen Scene Magazine, By the Book Reviews

"...Noël's writing was beautiful and powerful. From reading this book, I have learned to appreciate the time I have with my loved ones. I recommend this book to every teenager out there!"
   —Flamingnet reviews

"I absolutely loved this book ...I loved every moment I spent reading it!"
   —YA Galley Teen Review

"There's both heartbreak and humor in this one... I loved it."
   —Carol Fitzgerald, Bookreporter.com

" ...Alyson Noël has woven together all the challenges young teens face and given it a title. SAVING ZOË is beautifully written and will capture the attention of any young teen... I loved SAVING ZOË; it captivated me to the point where I could not put it down. I was as intrigued to read Zoë's diary and learn her story as much as Echo herself. This book has everything and is incredibly inspiring. SAVING ZOË shows you how you can bond with family even after they are gone. I loved every minute of this novel...The only rating I can give SAVING ZOË is 5 stars."
   —Emma-Lee Kramer, Junior Advisory Board, Chapters, Indigo, Coles

"Noël writes a smart and compelling story about life, love and loss that you won't be able to put down. SAVING ZOË is a must-read."
   —Cara Lockwood, author of Wuthering High

"Prepare to read this in one long sitting."
   —Maureen Johnson, author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes

"Alyson Noël finds the perfect balance of heartbreak and humor in this story about sisters, secrets and saying goodbye. I loved every minute of it!"
   —Hailey Abbott, author of the New York Times bestselling Summer Boys series

"Hilarious and captivating, heartbreakingly real. A fabulous read!"
   —Mary Kennedy, author of Secrets of a South Beach Princess