Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

This was a beautifully written book about the lasting relationship between Jenifer and Cameron, childhood friends.

Cameron has a rough childhood, with what is alluded to as a very abusive home. Jenifer was an overweight kid that was often picked on. They were their only friends. Cameron suddenly disappears, and Jenifer is led to believe he has died.

Fast forward to high school and Jenifer has lost her baby weight and has become Jenna. She’s now one of the popular kids and has the normal life she always wanted. Suddenly, her best friend from so long ago starts making appearances, forcing her to relive one birthday from so long ago, when she met Cameron’s father.

The ending left me feeling short of breath, but it fit and was a true ending.

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