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YA Book Review- Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel

Here’s another book review from our guest reviewer, Sophia!

“Lurlene McDaniel wrote the heart stopper book Breathless. Travis Morrison was popular and known as a champion diver. He had a loving girlfriend, Darla Gibson, a best friend since third grade, Copper, and a caring sister, Emily Morrison. Every chapter is told by a different person starting from when Travis jumps off of a cliff trying a diving stunt. Later on, Travis will find out in an emergency room that he has a bone cancer after almost accidently killing himself in his stunt. Travis becomes suicidal but turns paralyzed before he could even try to kill himself. At the end Travis dies and you will never guess who did it. Could it have been Cooper when he was drunk again and frustrated at how bad men were treating his mother? Or accidental Emily who is stresses and suffering from an abusive father and a mother who does not try to stop him? They are all possible scenarios but none of them is even close to what really happened. This story will leave you breathless.”

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YA Book Review- The Complete History of Why I Hate Her by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Getting a summer job at a resort in Maine might not seem like anything out of the ordinary for a teen, but for Nola it is a chance to live her own life for a little while. Her little sister, Song, has been battling cancer for a long time and Nola has forgotten what life was like before she (happily) spent all of her time helping her family. Almost as soon as she arrives at the resort, she is befriended by the exciting and addicting Carly. The two become attached at the hip and it seems like it will be the best summer Nola has ever had…that is, until Carly starts showing her manipulative side. Soon Nola can’t seem to do or say anything with Carly using it to her own advantage, and the friendship becomesĀ  toxic.

Pick this up if you like summer stories, complicated friendships, or books from the perspective of a sibling to a cancer patient.