Monday, June 4, 2012

All These Lives

Title: All These Lives

Author: Sarah Wylie

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

Cover: 4/5

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.

Dani believes she has nine lives. Why? Because she has been in more accidents that should of killed her, but she's lived.  

Normally I wouldn't like a main character like Dani. She was such a bully. Her snarky, hurtful way she deals with people really made me dislike her. Maybe that's her way of dealing with her twin sister's illness.
But I might be the same way if my sister was diagnosed with cancer.  

I liked Sarah's writing, it seemed effortless, everything flowed well. You really feel for the characters.

Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux and NetGalley!

3/5 Stars



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