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Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever [Mass Market Paperback]

Lurlene McDaniel
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July 1 1989 A Bantam starfire book
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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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Needs A Little Work June 16 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Being in Jory's place however, I don't think that the author did a very good job establishing the characters. I know from personal experience what it's like to go through what Jory did, but I don't think it described her emotion very well at all. I didn't really have a chance to connect with the characters, and that to me, is what makes an exellent novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book! April 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. This book is about two best friends, Jory and Melissa, and about Melissa fighting with leukemia. It is really a very sad story, it almost made my cry! I felt as if I knew Melissa myself and I was watching her suffering leukemia and the bone marrow transplant. I wish I had a friend like that, who would always be with me, no matter what! And I really liked the way Michael (Melissa's brother) and Jory's relationship ended being much better in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever April 1 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever April 1 2004
By J. Ku
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever-CRM Jan. 21 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Heart Touching Book
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 more
Published on June 22 2003 by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars You can read it over and over again.
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 more
Published on Feb. 19 2001 by TRACEY ASHTON
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book ever!
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 more
Published on Jan. 28 2001 by Rhiannan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
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 more
Published on Aug. 29 2000 by Jessica Steinmetz
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a FANTASTIC book! HEARTWARMING AND TOUCHING!
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. Read more
Published on July 7 2000 by Maureen Carey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sequel That Is Better Than The Original!
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 more
Published on March 29 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a GREAT book! I loved it!
I love all of Lurlene McDaniel's books, but Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever is one of my favorites. I literally SOBBED when I read it. The way Mrs. Read more
Published on March 19 2000
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