Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Posted on 30 July, 2014

I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite some time. I read a preview that just consisted of the first chapter and I was hooked! I wanted to know what happened to that little kid that disappeared, I wanted to know what happened to the little girl. I wanted to know what happened with them in the future.

The following quote really spoke to me in so  many different levels:

“Other memories stick, no matter how much you wish they wouldn’t. They’re like a song you hate but can’t ever get completely out of your head, and this song becomes the background noise of your entire life, snippets of lyrics and lines of music floating up and then receding, a crazy kind of tide that never stops.”

Sweethearts explores the friendship of Jennifer/Jenna and Cameron, they connected in a way they have never been able to connect with other people. These are just kids but they need each other. It kind of reminds you of when you were a kid or a teenager and you met this one person that really understood you, really knew the “real” you, really got you. That is exactly what they feel for each other. They love each other in a very unique way.

One day, after an incident that haunts Jennifer/Jenna for years, Cameron just disappears. He never comes back to school and Jennifer/Jenna is made to believe that he is dead. This is the exact moment when she decides to leave her past behind.

Eight years later, Cameron comes back and brings back all the memories with him. As you keep reading the book, you get a few details about what really happened back then. Cameron grew up in an psychological and physical abusive household (His father was the abusive one). We actually get little information on this, with the exception of the incident that Jennifer/Jenna remembers, which happened on her birthday. Nothing really happened, but it could’ve.


  • Jennifer/Jenna – She is the same person throughout the book, with the only exception that she breaks up with his current 3-month-boyfriend.
  • Cameron – We don’t really get to know him. As a reader you want to like him, he makes Jennifer/Jenna feel so special that you want to feel it too, but you just can’t because there is nothing there.
  • Friends – The only redeeming one is Steph. She tries to get to know what’s wrong with her highschool best friend, at least who she has known all this years. Plus, she reminds Jenna that the girl they’ve known in highschool is actually her, who she has become.
  • Parents – Jennifer/Jenna ‘s mother married a man named Alan and to be actually honest, I think he was a much more developed character than Cameron. He is a great step-father and he actually listens to Jennifer/Jenna.

To be actually honest, I expected much more from this book. We don’t get much from Cameron. He is just there, the book doesn’t actually explore his feelings, how he interpreted everything that happened to him. In my opinion, you could just read the first chapter and that would be it. Nothing substancial happens afterwards. Just to top it off, I thought it was a bit silly the name change, I even got tired writing “Jennifer/Jenna” in this review.

Moreover, this is not a romantic YA book. Don’t be fooled by the cute cover and title.

“Because love, love is never finished.”

What are your opinions? (:


Sweethearts Cover
Author: Sara Zarr
As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also one another’s only friend. So when Cameron disappears without warning, Jennifer thinks she’s lost the only person who will ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed. Known as Jenna, she’s popular, happy, and dating, everything “Jennifer” couldn’t be—but she still can’t shake the memory of her long-lost friend.
When Cameron suddenly reappears, they are both confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have taken.
Rating: three-star