From Vendula Schonfeldova
Title: The Fault in our stars
Author: John Green
Story about two young teenagers falling in love. They suffer from Cancer. The girl Hazel has lung cancer and can\’t breath on her own, her boyfriend lost his leg because of cancer. They share such a lovely passion about one book and taking a wonderful trip to Amsterdam to meet the writer of the book. They enjoy their time together until its time to say goodbye while the boy dies. He did not forget to write a letter to her how amazing she is. The end of the book ends with the final words of the letter and we don’t know if she is still alive or not.
From Frank DelBalso
Title: Whole: Rethinking the Science Of Nutrition
Author: T. Colin Campbell
Do you want to prevent cancer? Do you want to reverse cancer? Do you want to slow down the aging process? Have you ever wondered about the food chain in United Sates? This book will show you the way. It goes into government policy on nutrition. It presents on new paradigm on researching disease, It shows the roll of corporations, lobbyists, the media and medical non profits on nutrition and disease. Warning: This may spoil your next dinner and you will be asking yourself “Why oh why didn’t I take the blue pill?”
From Geri Sundermier
author: Pausch, Randy
The Last Lecture
This is a very moving book about a professor at Carnegie Melon that is terminally ill. While it is sad, it is very inspiring!
From Mary Quirindongo
My sister’s Keeper
At first I didn’t like reading this book. It was a little confusing the way she separated the characters and kept jumping back and forth. I’m glad I stuck with it. The story is about a family who discovers their child has leukemia at the age of two. Read what they go through to save her including having a baby that is a genetic match for her sister.Read about Jesse the brother who seems to be invisable once Kate is diagnosed. This book is worth reading.
From Jackie Cantwell
author: Caldwell, Gail
Let’s take the long way home: a memoir of friendship
This is an account of the author’s friendship with Caroline Knapp, the
author of Pack of two and Drinking: a love story (among others), who died
of lung cancer in 2002 at the age of 42. I liked Ms. Knapp’s articles in
Glamour magazine. Theirs was a very close friendship. They were both
single writers with dogs living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both women
were recovering alcoholics. Gail was a swimmer and Caroline was an avid
rower on the Charles River. They taught each other their favorite sports,
went on vacations together, trained their dogs together and spoke every
day. Does anyone even have friendships like this anymore? I imagine that
Ms. Caldwell agrees with Socrates’ statement that “the unexamined life is
not worth living”. She deftly delineates the meaning of their friendship
and how important Caroline was to her. The grief she endures brings to
mind that of Joan Didion in The year of magical thinking. Ms. Caldwell is
a masterful writer. This is a heartrending tale, a four-hankie memoir.
Read it if you’re strong enough.
From Teen Book Reviewer
author: Downham, Jenny
Before I Die
Sixteen year old Tessa, a girl fighting terminal cancer, writes a list of ten things she wants to do before she dies. A list that includes drugs, fame, love; things that will make Tessa feel alive. Things that challenge herself and the people around her. With only a few more months left to live, Tessa is determined to experience all of life’s adventures. The novel accounts her mission to find absolute and ultimate happiness from her craziest moments to the most intimate ones. This is more than just a book about a dying girl with a list; it’s about what it’s like to have your life cut short, the effects it has on you and the people around you. The way that the world around you changes, the change in the way you perceive things, the memories you remember and what becomes important to you in your final days. As Tessa becomes too weak to worry about her list she writes letters to her loved ones with instructions to live their lives to the fullest. As the novel dra
ws to a close, Tessa gets increasingly closer to death and eventually accepts the ways of life.
This is a beautifully written novel that tugs at your heartstrings and that makes you think about your life and the way you choose to live it. At times humorous, but mostly heart wrenching, this is a story of love and life. Before I Die is a beautifully written story that is not only unique, but entertaining and relatable. I really enjoyed reading this extraordinary, life affirming novel and i recommend it to teens of all ages.