Incluso si todo lo que ha hecho ha sido leer su libro. Mi madre odia comprar cosas con Ella. Siempre se pelean. Como las preguntas. No quiero volver al colegio.
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I usually only review books I can bash. But for Ways to Live Forever, one really must follow my thought process. Page One Thoughts: This stupid book is going to make me cry.
Page Seventy-Six Thoughts: Actually, this might turn out to be cheesy. Also, this is pretty heady stuff for young readers. This is manipulative! This book wants me to cry! I will not! Sally Nicholls could quite possibly be Nicholas Sparks for the middle school set. Her first novel, Ways to Live Forever, was written at the tender age of 23 and has all the trappings of youthful shmaltz: 1. Sam is an eleven-year old with leukemia. There should be no surprises.
Sam has an adorable sister, Ella, who is feisty and irrepressible. Basic, unscrupulous foreshadowing. Sam makes a list of things to do before he dies. This is equivalent to Nicholls clicking her stopwatch and calling out, "Go! Are you gagging yet? Nicholls, for all her faults and reckless abandon, creates quite a lovely character in Sam.
Furthermore, his ruminations about death and dying are particularly child-like. That Sam never feels sorry for himself, that he fights with his mother, that he is unapologetically stubborn are all the more meaningful as life slips from his fingertips. Perhaps even more astonishing is how Nicholls handles death. Throughout the books, she tosses off factoids about coffins, leukemia, and souls in a nearly insouciant manner. So disarming are these facts that several caused me to put the book aside and seriously consider my own death.
Man up, Joseph. So, yeah.
ESTO NO ES JUSTO
Esto no es justo
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