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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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 Highly moving and inspirational novel Oct. 29 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 usual things. One afternoon, when the dean at school asks Melissa about the bruises on her legs, she assumes Melissa is being abused at home. When Melissa goes to the doctor, she finds out she has leukemia. After the rough side effects of chemotherapy, she studies hard and tries to keep up with schoolwork to earn her way into college and the Brain Bowl that she has a spot in. She feels uncomfortable around the "normal" kids at school. When the Brain Bowl is weeks away, will her determination pay off? This is a poignant novel, one of Lurlene McDaniel's best, and it's a must have for any fan of this great writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Who Made It Through Lymphocytic Leukemia July 25 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I recommend this book to everyone because this book says that if you have hope you can get through anything. Another reason would be that it was a great suspense story and has romance. For example when Ric kept asking Melissa if she would go to California with him. She kept saying no. Ric just wouldn't leave Melissa alone. Every time he went to visit her he would ask her, "Will you go to California with me? Come on!" Another example is when Brad Kessings was bringing Melissa flowers when she was in the hospital. Every time he went to visit her, he got flowers for her. They weren't just any ordinary flowers they were pure red roses. He always added a little romantic note with it. Most of the notes that he put with the roses said, "I hope you get well soon, from the bottom of my heart." In conclusion if you are interested in suspense and romance novels, read this book. I sure did enjoy it and you will to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
In the book To Young Too Die a smart girl, named Melissa, is offered the chance to join the schools Brain Bowl team when she is faced with a problem, she has leukemia. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars What I thuoght of the Book "too young to die"
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. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2001 by Amanda DeBoer
5.0 out of 5 stars My Opinion about "Too Young to Die"
"Too Young to Die" is about a 16-year old girl who has always worked for what she wanted. Well, all her work has paid off, she is at the top of her class, & dating... Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
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.
Published on Nov. 15 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, but good.....
This is about a sixteen year old girl,Melissa Austin. She and her best friend, Jory, are determined to have the best high school year ever, but before Melissa finds out that she... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2001 by liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Critique: "A Letter to the Author"
"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. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2000 by Melineh k
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Young To Die
Melissa Austin is a normal girl with not so normal problems. Melissa is sixteen and is faced with a terrible disease. She uses the disease to find herself and become stronger. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars too young to die
Too young to die is a book about a normal girl with not so normal problems. Melissa Austin is 16 years old and is faced with the disease lukemia. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2000
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