All These Lives
Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it... show more
Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away. To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena. But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one.
Publish date: June 5th 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 245
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Realistic Fiction
, Young Adult Contemporary
I'm actually surprised at how much I loved this book. While I saw in most other reviews that it took a while for readers to warm to Dani's character, I loved her right off the bat. She's snarky, a smart-aleck and has a bit of a morbid and abusive sense of humour, and I found a lot of myself in her. ...
All These Lives has been on my radar since about two weeks before it's release. When I was browsing in the library, I finally picked it up and decided to give it a try.GOOD : Very interesting idea. I don't think there are any books with this sort of premise behind it out in YA right now, at least no...
In All These Lives by Sarah Wylie, we follow main character Dani, as she struggles to come to grips with the fact that her twin sister, Jena, has Leukemia. We follow Dani, as she attempts, on multiple occasions, to take her life so that her sister can live. How is that possible, you ask? Dani has...
All These Lives is a hard novel for me to review, because it deals with a subject I don't normally read about, but something that I encounter in my line of work: cancer. And it was unsettling for me, mainly because I usually avoid plots like this one. But, having said that, I must also say that I'm ...
This is such a neat premise for a contemporary book. It has the elements that I love of strong family ties, nerdy boys, a lead I can connect with, and the sadness that tugs my heart of a character will an illness. Sarah Wylie really knows how to write emotions, and she also knows how to break the te...