Melissa Austin has always worked hard to make things go her way, and now she's determined to have the best junior year ever. Everything appears to look promising as usual...until she receives the devastating news that she has cancer. Despite denying the doctor's diagnosis at first, Melissa quickly realizes that her illness is growing worse and so she agrees to start treatment. At the hospital, she finds unexpected friendship and love through Ric, another cancer patient who turns out to be the only other person who can truly understand what she's going through. Together, Melissa and Ric learn how to find the inner strength to face the mysteries of living and dying every day.
This is an inspirational story by the bestselling author Lurlene McDaniel that is perfect for fans of The Fault in Our Stars.
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.