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Too Young to Die School & Library Binding – Jul 1 1989


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  • School & Library Binding
  • Publisher: Tandem Library (July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0833533827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0833533821
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 150 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,992,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By "flowerpika" on 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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By A Customer on March 25 2004
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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By Willow on May 29 2003
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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By A Customer on Oct. 29 2002
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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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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