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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
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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?
What a great book Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever is! It is the sequel to Too Young To Die. I recommend that you read Too Young To Die first, in order to understand better this one. Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by Desirodri
This is a book that I just couldn't get myself to put down. Although the only books I read are books about people who have Leukemia and seeing that most of them are alot alike,... Read morePublished on June 21 2003 by Patricia
I thought that the novel "Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever" was ok. The main reason why I liked it was because my friend also died of Lukemia. Read morePublished on June 16 2002
I love this book, it was one of the first books I ever read by Lurlene McDaniel. It was a great story with a good ending.I loved the characters and would recomend it to anyone.Published on March 12 2002
This book is absolutely amazing. It's a very sad but well written story and it will make you cry for hours. I recommend reading Too Young to Die First though. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2001 by TRACEY ASHTON
if you are looking for a good cry...well this book isn't for you because you won't olny get that but also a flood. I cried so much in this book it is to hard to explain. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2001 by Rhiannan
This book really makes you think and feel some comfort in knowing that death isn't forever. I cried like I did when I read most of her books. I liked the hot air balloon idea. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2000 by Jessica Steinmetz
I read (and loved)Too Young To Die right before starting Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever. Both books are wonderful, and I felt as close to Melissa and Jory as if I knew them. Read morePublished on March 28 2000