A Rose for Melinda

Author:  Lurlene McDaniel                            a rose for malinda
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Pages:  208
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Kristi of Kritters Ramblings

Goodreads:  Told in letters, journal entries, e-mails, doctors’ reports, and instant messages, the heartbreaking story of an aspiring ballet dancer battling leukemia. 

From: Melinda Skye
To: Readers
Subject: Jesse

Hi! I can’t believe it. What a surprise from Jesse. When he got my e-mail about being accepted by the Washington School of Classical Dance’s summer program, he called to congratulate me! I loved hearing his voice. We’ve been friends forever–could it turn into something more?

From: Jesse Rose
To: Readers
Subject: Melinda

I couldn’t believe the news. Melinda is so young! How could she be sick? How did she get leukemia? She’s got to get better. She’s got to.

Ope’s Opinion:  I do not usually read books written in text, diary, email form.  It is not my favorite read, so I was hesitant to read this one.  It did not flow like a regular book to me.  I had to stop and figure out who was talking and who they were talking to.

The story was good, but very predictable.  The characters were real and had their flaws.  I did care about the characters, but I wasn’t totally intrenched in the story.

Jesse and Melinda’s love story was very sweet. I really enjoyed that part of the book.

Rating:  Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.
3 chairs