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Ways to Live Forever

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo

    A big thank you to one of my 8th-grade students for bringing this book to my attention - she told me it was excellent, and I do agree. WAYS TO LIVE FOREVER tells the story of the last four months in the life of eleven-year-old Sam McQueen. Sam was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of six. He successfully battled the disease twice, but this third bout will be his last. Now at home and taking drugs, not to cure the disease, but only to gain him some extra time, he decides to write his story. With the help of Felix, another terminally ill young boy, Sam puts his thoughts and feelings on paper. He details his daily activities, his frustrations with his illness, and the many unanswered questions he has about the end. He makes a list of what he would like to do before he dies, including things like "be a teenager," "ride in an airship," and "go up down-escalators and down up-escalators." Sam's straight-forward approach to his situation and those connected with his life provide an emotional yet inspiring story. There are humorous moments and heart-wrenching times as Sam lives his remaining days with both amazing curiosity and humble dignity. It is a powerful story I'm glad I didn't miss.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2010

    Book Review

    Ways to Live Forever
    By: Sally Nicholes

    The novel Ways to Live Forever takes place in many places including down town, in the hospital, and at Sams house. It also takes place in the early 20th century. It first starts off with Sam telling us about himself how he has leukemia. He then tells us about his school and family life. He has a mom, dad, and a sister Ella. Next, he tells us about how he met Felix in the hospital and how they became best friends. In between every three or four chapters he would show us these lists. For example, he shows us this one list and it says his dreams and one dream was to ride an escalator and another dream is to watch a horror movie. He then tells us about when he smoked, drank beer, and kissed Felix's cousin because one of his dreams was to do teenager things. But sadly, Sam dies at age 11 at 5:30am on April 15.
    There were many positives and negatives in the book Ways to Live Forever. One positive is that I thought the author did a great job describing the characters. Another good thing the author did was almost everything was described in the most detailed way you could put it. I also liked how he set up the book because he made the book a whole year. Every chapter would be a different date. Also, there were many negatives with the book. For example, I thought the whole book was really sad. I also think he should have made Felix more polite because he always got in trouble and sometimes he would be mean to Sam. One last negative was that he made the chapters way to short. Some of the chapters were only a half a page. Overall I really like the book.
    I thought the writing style of the author was great. The book was an easy read and the chapters and headings were clear. The author also does a great job of using simple and clear words. The sentences are usually short and the chapters are very short. The author uses first person. That means Sam is telling the story and using "I".
    I would defiantly recommend Ways to Live Forever because of many reasons. One reason is because it is a great story and some parts are very funny. For example, when Sam is telling you about how he met Felix, he says that he was trying to get old people and kids to bye him cigarettes. It also teaches you should love your family and who you are. If you like sad books than this would probably be a good book for you. Some other recommended novels are the "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling, "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton, and "Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate Dicamillo.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2010

    Well written and honest

    The story of Sam and his battle with cancer could be a very melodramatic and sad one. Instead if it completely the opposite. I read this after several of my higher thinking fourth grade students recommended it. I couldn't put it down. It is definitely one that will touch your heart...especially if you are a parent.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    So true

    Its an amazing book. Its funny, touching, and sad all at the same time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2011

    Connection

    I have a connection with this book because my mom is going through her second cancer and she is only stage one but she goes to all of these doctors, jus like Sam did. I love this book it is very absorbing i even made my friend read this and she even loved it. i reccomend this book to EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    Ways To Live Forever

    Don't be deterred by the overtly saccharine packaging. This is a complex debut novel sure to charm young and older readers alike. It's true, the premise sounds like a teenybopper version of that feel-good tear-jerker of a movie The Bucket List: Just like the elderly duo played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, the novel's protagonist Sam is stricken with a lethal case of cancer, in this case, leukaemia. Together with his best friend Felix, who is also terminally ill, he devises a list of last wishes to fulfill before he dies. To Nicholl's credit, Ways To Live Forever rises far beyond its somewhat cliched premise. It is punchily written, laced with very real and often amusingly morbid, childlike musings on death. Sam is only 11, but he refuses to be coddled, saying: 'Going to die is the biggest waffly thing of all. No one will tell you anything. You ask them questions and they cough and change the subject.' As he writes the story of his last few months, you'll be moved to see him come to grips with the same issues of family, friendship and ambition curtailed by untimely illness that any adult would face. He does so haltingly at first, but finds a dignity and strength that belie his tender years. Sometimes poignant, often funny, but never melodramatic or precious, Ways To Live Forever is a straight-up, honest look at death.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Wow

    This book is amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    What a book

    I am reading this book now. So far it is really good. Can't wait to read it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    The bear nessesites

    One of my friends suggested that i read it over the summer because im a slow reader and she said that it wasnt a real short book so i hope to read some tume in my life




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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Love this book

    I read this book acouple of years back and i fell depply in love with it. I really enjoyed this book. There are some really sad parts in the book. I told all my freinds about this book. This book will not let you down for sure. You should read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    I read this book a couple of years ago, so it's nice to see that

    I read this book a couple of years ago, so it's nice to see that it came out on the Nook! It's a really inspiring read, and the character Sam feels so real, which definitely shows how strong the writing is. I could totally relate to Sam, even though I've never had cancer. If you haven't read this, you should definitely buy it! Also, the film adaptation of the book is apparently going to be released this summer 2013 by World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation, so it's a good time to read the book before seeing it come to life on screen! I'm going to read it again because of it, it's that good of a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2011

    you MUST check this out

    this book is awesome.it is about a boy named sam and he has luecemia and he is like one of those kids where any thing gets handed to them if they ask but he is not stubern its acualy his sister that is and he has to write an essay and he writes three pages when one of his "school friend"and he only writes about one page if even.he writes the essay about questions that nobody answers like how do you know that you are dead and stuff like that.

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