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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reissue edition (July 1 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553280074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553280074
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.1 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,931,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 7-9--Too Young to Die is a formulaic but readable book about Melissa, a high-school junior who developes leukemia, and her relationships with her single-parent mother; older brother Michael; and best friend Jory, a stereotypical rich, lonely, self-described party girl. Melissa is a serious, dedicated student who is determined to earn a National Merit scholarship to a first-class college. Descriptions of her gradual realization of the seriousness of her condition are generally good, as are those of her chemotherapy treatments and of how her changing condition alters her relationships. The theme of sexual awakening provides some tension when a 19-year-old cancer patient whom Melissa's been dating propositions her for a weekend away together, and she considers her options. Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever is a pleasantly cliche-ridden story that concentrates on Jory, who remains a true friend as Melissa suffers through a bone-marrow transplant and eventually dies. Jory's social-climbing mother is fleshed out a bit more in this book, but her father remains a non-character. Well into the story, Jory is still needlessly and senselessly cruel to others and completely self-centered, although she does help to produce a benefit to raise funds for Melissa's medical expenses. This is a quick and easy read with some discussion of love and sex, God, mortality, and the differences between people who are goal-oriented and those who are not. Strasser's Friends Till the End (Dell, 1982) has more broadly developed characters and greater emotional depth, but both of these books are stronger than McDaniel's If I Should Die Before I Wake (Willowisp, 1985). Romance fans seeking something more serious than the Wakefield twins will enjoy these books--and may shed a few tears as well. --Joel Shoemaker, Tilford Middle School, Vinton, IA
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Jory Delaney has always had lots of money. But there's one thing she knows she cannot buy--and that's her best friend Melissa's life. Although Melissa's leukemia is in remission, it's hard for both girls to hold on to the possibility of a very bright future.

When Melissa's health begins to deteriorate, Jory watches her friend's courageous battle and is overwhelmed by a sense of loss. Distanced from her parents, Jory grows closer to Melissa's mother and older brother, Michael, as they give each other untold strength in the face of tragedy. As she grapples with the unfairness of Melissa's imminenet death, can Jory find a way to turn her anger into the hope and inspiration that Melissa wanted to leave behind?

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By A Customer on April 1 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Goodbye Doesn¡¦t Mean Forever
By: Lurlene McDaniel
Reviewed by: J. Ku
Period: 1
This book is continued from the book Too Young to Die. In this book, Melissa has a relapse and needs to get back into remission. The doctors say, ¡§For a person to get into remission the second is harder.¡¨ The doctors recommended that Melissa try a bone marrow transplant. Since they needed to find a compatible donor, they said that a sibling would be the best donor. So then took some bone marrow from Michael, and sure enough, their bone marrow was compatible. Not long after that, they put Melissa into isolation. They needed to get rid of all her bone marrow and put Michael¡¦s bone marrow in her body. When people came to visit her, they had to be careful and not bring in any germs because her immune system couldn¡¦t fight off germs. Her brother¡¦s marrow was working fine, but then Melissa got a fever. It was either an infection or a sign or rejection for the transplant.
I like this book because it was exciting to learn about medical technology. I learned about things I never would have wanted to learn about. This book teaches friends not to give up on each other. Melissa always trusted Jory. Jory always did what she could to help Melissa. They depended on each other whenever they needed help. ¡§Melissa needs blood will you help me?¡¨ They never gave up on each other, even when Melissa died, Jory always knew that Melissa would still be there to help her, even if she couldn¡¦t help Melissa.
I dislike this book because this book I was very sad and Melissa died. When you read about people suffering makes you feel bad. I wanted to change the whole story and make it have a happy ending.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Goodbye Doesn¡¦t Mean Forever
By: Lurlene McDaniel
Reviewed by: J. Ku
Period: 1
This book is continued from the book Too Young to Die. In this book, Melissa has a relapse and needs to get back into remission. The doctors say, ¡§For a person to get into remission the second is harder.¡¨ The doctors recommended that Melissa try a bone marrow transplant. Since they needed to find a compatible donor, they said that a sibling would be the best donor. So then took some bone marrow from Michael, and sure enough, their bone marrow was compatible. Not long after that, they put Melissa into isolation. They needed to get rid of all her bone marrow and put Michael¡¦s bone marrow in her body. When people came to visit her, they had to be careful and not bring in any germs because her immune system couldn¡¦t fight off germs. Her brother¡¦s marrow was working fine, but then Melissa got a fever. It was either an infection or a sign or rejection for the transplant.
I like this book because it was exciting to learn about medical technology. I learned about things I never would have wanted to learn about. This book teaches friends not to give up on each other. Melissa always trusted Jory. Jory always did what she could to help Melissa. They depended on each other whenever they needed help. ¡§Melissa needs blood will you help me?¡¨ They never gave up on each other, even when Melissa died, Jory always knew that Melissa would still be there to help her, even if she couldn¡¦t help Melissa.
I dislike this book because this book I was very sad and Melissa died. When you read about people suffering makes you feel bad. I wanted to change the whole story and make it have a happy ending.
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By A Customer on Jan. 21 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever is written by Lurlene McDaniel. This book is about a girl named Melissa who is a high school junior. She is sick with leukemia and lives with her mother and brother. Melissa was so excited and prepared about getting a National Merit scholar ship to a great college. Melissa has a best friend named Jory who means a great deal in Melissa's life, she is very wealthy.
Melissa is nineteen and is suffering with her relationship with her friends. Jory tries making fund-raisers to help pay for the medical payments. She hates seeing Melissa go through that and not really be able to help. She also suffers from a bone marrow transplant and dies.
Lurlene's writing style makes it seem like were in her book that she has written. It would have been cool if Lurlene would have told us more about the relationships with the other people in her life and included them more.
Through reading this book I learned a lot about the disease, leukemia and how a best friend tried helping her brother and mother get through it. I could relate this book myself by the relationship of seeing a loved one die, I watched my friend Christine die from leukemia that's why I wanted to read this book.
I thought that this book was an awesome book and many people should read it. It is a book about loss, friendship, family and compassion.
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Lurlene McDaniel is my favorite author. I love all of her books, and some of them make me cry, but Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever left me sobbing, literally. It's sad, but it gives hope and describes how families feel when this happens to their children. It also made death seem like just another adventure, not a finality. This book left me with hope and tears. My grandfather passed away recently. I was very close to him. The way Lurlene McDaniel describes Jory's feelings for and about Melissa made me remember. When Melissa died, Jory's reaction was like my own and made me feel less alone. It also made me remember that he's my guardian angel, always with me, and I'll see him again. That gave me hope and helped me. The part of Melissa's letter that said, "I'll be watching you! And when you least expect it, you'll hear me call you in the wind. I promise.", I sobbed. I realized that my grandpa's not gone forever and I'll see him again. Basically, it's not only well-written and a tear-jerker, but it gives help to those who need it-emotional help. For me, it was like she had read my mind and heart. My feelings were Jory's feelings. IT'S A EXCELLENT BOOK! KEEP IT UP!
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