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?
Melinda

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.
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I’ll Be Seeing You

Author:  Lurlene McDaniel                            I
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Pages: 208
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Kristi of Kritters Ramblings

Goodreads:  Carley Mattea never expected to become friends with a boy as handsome as Kyle Westin–especially not in the hospital. Seventeen-year-old Kyle was blinded when a chemistry experiment exploded. His doctors don’t know whether he’ll get his vision back, and he’s deeply depressed. Carley understands how miserable it is to be in the hospital. At sixteen, she’s had plenty of experience. But Carley is keeping a secret from Kyle. She knows boys like girls who are pretty–and she’s not. Scarred by a facial deformity, she has always used her sense of humor to cope. But now that she’s become so close to Kyle, she’s worried that if his bandages are removed and he sees her, it will be the end of their relationship. Carley wants what’s best for Kyle. But what will that mean for her?

Ope’s Opinion:  This was  a very good, easy read.  The author made you feel for each of the characters situations.  The challenges in each persons life seemed unsurmountable.  The story showed that we each have our own issues to deal with.  Some seem more difficult then others.  

This book shows how we should get to know someone before we judge who they are.  You just don’t know how someone ended up in the situation that they are in.  Take a second look at that person, give them the time to get to know them.

I am going to read more of Lurlene McDaniel.

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