Title: Saving Zoe
Author: Alyson Noel
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pub. Date: September 2007
Summary (from bn.com):
Meet fifteen-year-old Echo, a typical teen trying to survive high school without being totally traumatized by boy trouble, friend drama, and school issues. As if she didn't have enough on her plate, Echo is also still dealing with the murder of her sister Zoë. Although it's been over a year, Echo is still reeling from tragedy that changed everything. Beautiful and full of life, Zoë was the glue that held her family together, and although the two sisters were as different as night and day, they still had a bond that Echo can't let go of. When Zoë's old boyfriend Marc shows up one day with Zoë's diary, Echo doesn't think there's anything in there she doesn't already know. But as she gives in to curiosity and starts reading, she learns that her sister led a secret life that no one could have guessed--not even Echo.
I've wanted to read Alyson Noel since I first started reading, but never actually did. Saving Zoe is definitely not like her other books, with the topic of dealing with a sister's death, but I found that it wasn't written much differently either. I didn't connect with any of the characters, but I didn't not connect with them either, if that makes any since; and some parts of this story were written kind of poorly. It had about as much depth as her novel Kiss and Blog (opps, I remember I read this one now (: ), which is a completely different topic. I think it may have something to do with the short time period between the release dates of the two books, about four months. Overall, this story is nothing special: not amazing but not terrible.
Would I recommend this book? I might suggest it to people looking for boyfriend drama and friend drama, but not to anyone looking for a deep, emotional book.