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Too Young to Die [School & Library Binding]

Lurlene McDaniel
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July 1989 0833533827 978-0833533821
At sixteen, Melissa Austin has always worked hard to make things go her way. As the school year begins, her grades are up and she's even landed a coveted spot on the high school Brain Bowl team.  She and her best friend, Jory Delaney, are determined to have the best junior year ever.

But suddenly Melissa receives devastating news about her health.  At first she refuses to accept the doctor's diagnosis, but as her illness gets worse she cannot deny the truth.  The caring and closeness Melissa feels toward her family and especially toward Jory help her find the inner strength and courage to face the mysteries of living and dying.
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These companion novels are set in Florida during two friends' junior and senior high school years. The two girls seem to have everything: Melissa is brilliant and pretty, and Jory is wealthy and full of energy. In the first book, Melissa discovers that she has leukemia. Determined to become a lawyer someday, Melissa decides her illness and its treatment will not hinder her academic goals. Melissa realizes, however, that there are other important things that she doesn't want to miss. In the second novel, Jory must decide on her future. Her parents want her to go to college, but Jory has very little ambition, especially since she has been so wrapped up in Melissa's troubles. Because they span two years, the novels cast the events of high school into a meaningful perspective and allow for convincing character development. McDaniel's writing is light and well suited to this refreshing and involving story. Ages 12-up.
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"McDaniel's writing is light and well suited to this refreshing and involving story."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too Young to Die April 22 2004
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This is a great book! This book is about a girl who lives through high school as a normal girl. She has a normal boyfriend that is one grade older than she is and then she suddenly finds out she has many bruses on her legs and is feeling tired. Her mom takes her to the doctor and he tells her her white blood level is incribly high and her red blood cells are low. He digonosis this diaese as Leukemia, a terrible diease. She learns to make it through High School and the hospital with leakemia. She has to shave off her hair and wear a wig. She feels sad but with her family and her friend Jory, they make her feel stronger and better. She meets this little girl in the hospital that she likes and that girl's name was Rachel. (...).
However Jory Got Melissa the most expensive hairpiece and it looked exactly like her orginal hair. Melissa made it into the finals with the Brain Bowl because she is smart.
This book is great for both Girls and Boys, and if you like a love story with a happy ending. You gotta check this book out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too Young to Die March 25 2004
By A Customer
Format:School & Library Binding
Too Young to Die
By: Lurlene McDaniel
Reviewed by: J.Ku
Period: 1
Melissa Austin is 16 years old. One day she was perfectly fine, the next day she had bruises all over her legs. She was constantly getting tired. She was one of the smartest students in high school. Her teachers encouraged her to try out for the Brain Bowl. Without a surprise, she made it onto the team. When her parents took her to the doctor to check out her bruises, the doctor said that Melissa¡s red blood count were low and her white blood count were high. After that discovery Dr. Pace transferred Melissa to the hospital. In the hospital, they did a bone marrow aspiration on Melissa. The next thing they knew, Melissa was diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia, a form of cancer. When she was in the hospital after she received the devastating news, a guy named Ric hobbles over to her. Ric told her about what chemotherapy does to your hair, so Melissa had Jory, her best friend, cut her hair for her. When she started chemo, the rest of her hair all fell out. After weeks and weeks of chemo, she finally got into remission. Her life never went back to normal.
I really liked this book because it teaches you about friendship, bonding, and friendliness. I learned a lot when I read this book. The friendship between Melissa and Jory got stronger when Melissa was diagnosed with leukemia. Melissa could always trust in her friend. When Melissa was in need for hair, Jory bought the most expensive wig there was. ¡§Jory held a wig, a fall of hair that was rich and black, and incredibly long.¡
I disliked this book because reading about Melissa going through chemotherapy made me fell really bad. This book may be fiction, but I still feel really bad that it was her who got cancer and not me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good... May 29 2003
By Willow
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Beautiful, nice, and intelligent are all words used to describe Melissa Austin, the main character of "Too Young to Die." She's a junior in high school - and made the Brain Bowl team - a major accomplshment because only seniors make the team! She'll be the first junior ever!
When Melissa starts to feel sick and she gets mysterious bruises on her legs, she goes to visit the doctor, and the diagnosis is almost unbearable: she has lukemia. When Melissa starts to go through chemo treatments, she's always sick and her beautiful hair is falling out. During her chemo treatments, she meets Ric, a college boy who is missing a leg due to bone cancer, and Rachael, a spunky four year old with cancer...but loads of spirit.
Melissa's family is great, and her best friend Jory is always at her side. Jory tells her about the boy in school that Melissa likes, and Michael (Melissa's brother) tries his best to comfort her.
I liked this book, but it's pretty predictable, and I really couldn't stand the relationship that Melissa and Michael share. It's too close and lovey-dovey...in a way, it seems sort of incestious.
Overall grade: B+
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5.0 out of 5 stars What I thuoght of the Book "too young to die" Dec 6 2001
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The book that I read was very good. It had it's strong points. I really like to read books by this author. I like how she puts very relistic words into her writing. I also like how there are funny, sad, happy, and scary parts. It is like a mix of all the emotions. I think that especially this book, along with all her others are a "page-turner". I liked how in this book her(Melissa) friend (Jory) and family was there to help her though everything, and how even though things got rough people stood by her. I enjoyed how she explained how if felt to have to live with cancer. To wake up one morning and feel perfect then the next day have unnkown buruses, cuts that wont stop bleeding and very emotional days. Also, one of my favorite parts is when she met a young girl and they were strong and supported eachother. (...) I think it was just a book on strength and hanging on even though things are really hard.But also, work for what you believe in, even if it takes all you got. It is forsurly a book that I would read again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Critique: "A Letter to the Author" Dec 5 2000
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"A Letter to the Author"
3809 Franklin St. La Crescenta, CA 91214 December 6, 2000
Ms. Lurlene McDaniel Author 666 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10103
Dear Ms. McDaniel:
I have good judgment of the book you have written titled, Too Young to Die. From my understanding I believe that you have written a book describing the life of a sixteen-year-old girl, Melissa Austin, after she has been diagnosed with the horrifying illness of Leukemia. You have clearly shown the significance of Melissa's family and friends in the matter of life and death. You've shown the importance of her family's role in guiding her through her difficult treatments. It seems as though Melissa's family and friend's are always there to support her and give her the care she needs. The strength and courage to face the devastating reality she is living, all comes from her supporters. I believe that the point you have made with the importance of family and friends is a good point for young teenagers of age to know is reality.
I strongly agree with the mentality you have given the character of Melissa. The mental mode or way of thought of Melissa is very optimistic and open to the impossible. I have understood from the readings that Melissa works hard to make things go her way. As the junior year in high school begins, her grades are up and she has earned a spot on the Brain Bowl team. As her closeness with her family and friends led her past the denial of her illness Melissa realizes she must live for now. She mainly lives for helping her family through the stages of anger, grief and acceptance of what is to happen in the near future. Melissa also decides her illness and the treatments will not hold her back on her academic goals. Her illness is the reason why she cannot participate in the Brain Bowl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly moving and inspirational novel
When Melissa Austin experiences the signs of leukemia, she doesn't know it. She continues to work hard in school, hang out with her best friend Jory Delaney, and do all of the... Read more
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It was a good book. It taught me a lot about cancer. When I first read it it was 2:00 a.m and i had school tomorrow but I couldn't stop reading.
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