In the wet-hanky tradition of A SUMMER TO DIE, it's impossible to finish this tearjerker with a dry eye.
1. My name is Sam.
2. I am eleven years old.
3. I collect stories and fantastic facts.
4. I have leukemia.
5. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead.
Living through the final stages of leukemia, Sam collects stories, questions, lists, and pictures that create a profoundly moving portrait of how a boy lives when he knows his time is almost up.
This year's answer to 2007's Before I Die, this first novel written by a 23-year-old Brit likewise features a young narrator with incurable cancer and, while it doesn't entirely escape the conventions of the dying-child novel, it skirts easy sentiment to confront the hard questions head-on, intelligently and realistically and with an enormous range of feeling. Sam, facing his third recurrence of leukemia at the age of 11, keeps a journal, and among his entries are facts, questions and lists: "Questions Nobody Answers No. 1 How do you know that you've died?"; "True facts about coffins"; "Why does God make kids get ill?" Sam starts out with a buddy, another terminally ill boy who shares Sam's sense of humor and who with Sam is taught by a visiting teacher ("No dying at the table, Felix," she tells him in the opening scene when he is mocking melodramatic portrayals of "the poor, frail child... struggling bravely"). How Sam and his family cope with Felix's death and Sam's own inevitable decline ultimately, with humor, grace and generosity of spirit will bring on tears; more impressively, it will also help readers address the hard questions for themselves. Ages 9 12.
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I LOVED IT!This book was very inspiring and now I'm not as afraid of dying as I was.I can't explain why though.I wish Felix could've stayed a little longer though.But that's honestly the only downfall.GREAT JOB SALLY!
I read it because of robbie Kay but the book was a masterpiece. I cried and had to watch the movie after. Recommend to anyone with cancer or a teen like me!
I loved this book, like a bunch, I read it in one go because you really only get the feel when you do. Plus it's really easy to read, but I cried twice and even though it made me super sad, it made me happy and I loved it. It's now my favorite book! And I love how Robbie Kay is on the cover hehehehe!!! Watch the movie everybody! Even though it's not as good, it's still AMAZING!!!!!