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Don't Die, My Love

Don't Die, My Love

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by Lurlene McDaniel

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Julie Ellis and Luke Muldenhower have always been school sweethearts. Now both are in high school and deeply in love. Luke, a talented football player, is almost certain to receive an athletic scholarship to a top college. And no matter what her parents say, wherever Luke goes, Julie intends to follow. When Luke can't shake what he thinks is a virus, Julie persuades


Julie Ellis and Luke Muldenhower have always been school sweethearts. Now both are in high school and deeply in love. Luke, a talented football player, is almost certain to receive an athletic scholarship to a top college. And no matter what her parents say, wherever Luke goes, Julie intends to follow. When Luke can't shake what he thinks is a virus, Julie persuades him to see a doctor. Luke's test results are alarming, but Julie believes their love is stronger than anything. Can love survive, now and forever?

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School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Julie Ellis and football star Luke Muldenhower had everything going for them-popularity, good grades, and love. Then Luke develops Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Shaken to the core, Julie is determined to help him through his chemotherapy and get through this ordeal so their lives can return to normal. Then masses are discovered in his chest and groin area. Soon after he begins radiation therapy, their close relationship begins to deteriorate as Luke pushes Julie away. This novel contains excellent information on cancer treatments and the emotional world of cancer victims and those who love them. The characters are convincing enough to draw readers into the drama and the inevitable conclusions that occur when one is faced with a life-threatening illness. McDaniel shows her literary expertise by humanizing a terrible disease and guiding readers through the whole process of illness. This is a good choice for either bibliotherapy or recreational reading. Just make sure there are tissues nearby.-Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
Anne O'Malley
Pretty Julie and handsome football star Luke have been "engaged" since sixth grade. The attractive high-school couple's fairy tale world of dances, football games, and bright futures envelopes them like a glittery veil. Then Luke becomes ill, and tests confirm the worst medical suspicions--Hodgkin's lymphoma. The better part of the book is consumed with how the two, their parents, and the school community deal with Luke's critical illness and eventual death. Touching scenes abound in this crisis novel, particularly those of the football team's camaraderie and support. The writing is pure romance style, and the characters, especially Julie, tend to talk and think in simplistic terms. "Right now, there was only Luke," she muses typically early on, vaguely wishing she had something as intense to focus on as he had with football and ignoring her mother's prompting to start thinking about college applications. Fans of tear-jerker teen romances will enjoy this offering.
From the Publisher
"The appeal...is similar to that of Love Story...the story has many tender moments."

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Random House Children's Books
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4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.75(d)
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

LURLENE MCDANIEL began writing inspirational novels about teenagers facing life-altering situations when her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Her novels are hard-hitting and realistic, but also leave readers with inspiration and hope. Her books have received acclaim from readers, teachers, parents, and reviewers. Her bestselling novels include Don't Die, My Love; Till Death Do Us Part; Hit and Run; Telling Christina Goodbye; True Love: Three Novels; and The End of Forever. Lurlene McDaniel lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Don't Die, My Love 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 612 reviews.
Madi More than 1 year ago
"Don't Die, My Love" is one of my all-time favorite reads--so far. As a thirteen-year-old this book comes on as a girl's greatest dream and wish, having someone love you more than anything. Julie and Luke's beloved story is quite realistic and lovely, but sad too. In Julie's perspective, the book goes on a emotional roller-coaster of events until the final ones. I cried many times in different places, laughed in the beginning and middle, and felt closure and happiness towards the end. This book is a must-read for everyone and anyone, I enjoyed it greatly.
Books_R_Amazing More than 1 year ago
You'll definitely cry during this book, but it is phenomenal. The story line is great and you really begin to become a part of the characters, you start to feel how they're feeling. Truly unforgettable story. You will love this book. I recommend it!
bandgeek19 More than 1 year ago
My friend was like "you have to read this book" I said okay, but didn't expect much... BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!! I couldn't put it down!!!!! I really started to actually cry! It is such a well written book! You must read it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book sooo much! As a writer of sad poetry, Lurlene McDaniel inspires me so much! This book was so sad....I can't even express it. But it was so well written and overall an awesome novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! Not only will this book make you thankful for all the blessings you have, but it will also make you thankful for being healthy. When people have a virus, usually you can recover or shake it off. The book Don¿t Die My Love made me cry a river. Lurlene McDaniel made it seem as if I was right there listening to the characters. This book is very tragic. The two main characters are Julie Ellis and Luke Muldenhower. Julie¿s dad is the football coach and treats Luke as if he was his own son that he had always wanted. He absolutely loves Luke! In the sixth grade, Luke asked Julie to marry him, and she just laughed. Then in the eigth grade they started dating! These two characters are deeply in love, but when Luke discovers something horrible, everything goes downhill. This book was clearly well written and gives a clear view of what the author wants you to see. It was very sad thinking about the novel, and how it was based on a true story. Lurlene McDaniel¿s books immediately draw my attention just by the cover. Her books are very heart wrenching and true. When you read this book, you will immediately have tears streaming down your face. In conclusion, this book was not only amazing, but also a fantastic book! I recommend this book to anyone and everyone! After reading this book, I was so thankful that I am not as sick as Luke once was. Don¿t Die, My Love is my favorite book and it could be yours too! This book, in my opinion, was one of her best books she has ever written. Lurlene McDaniel is an extremely talented author! All of her books wonderful and written very well. After reading about Luke it made me count my blessings for everything I do have in my life. It makes you think about the other half, who are sick, and have horrible diseases that they can¿t ever get rid of. As you have read before, I have read this book over and over numerous times throughout this past year. I give Don¿t Die, My Love a five out of five stars. If you love books filled with romance, non-stop love, lots of emotions, and fantastic visual images, than this is the book for you. This book gives amazing, and jaw dropping pictures, because she describes everything so well! I was like a fish that was caught on a hook and reeled in! Lurlene McDaniel does a wonderful job at describing picture, what the characters do, how they feel, and is amazing at describing the plot.
dachely111 More than 1 year ago
I absolutley adore her books! she's the best author ever! SHe's my favorite author. THis book was officially the first book i read that she wrote and i fell in love with her writing. I don't know how she does it, but she makes me crazy for one of her books. This one especially was my favorite one. This is the best book you would ever read! so romantic and emotional though! i cried and cried and cried. I didn't cry anymore after about 2 months and now thinking about the book just makes my eyes watery as i'm typing this. Such a cute and awesome book this is. I PROMISE you won't regret reading this. Just pick this book up read the first few pages and you won't even be able to get away from it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!! I read it last year and its really good!! Its sad though but other than that its a good book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is so romantic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thus story was sad but was a very good read.i picked this up in my school library and i couldnt read it during school becuase i would start crying and that would lead to bawling my eyes out. This story is very good if you want to cry alot but if you dont want to bawl your eyes out then font get thus book,its not for you.i snuffked in class one day when i first started reading this and it was before i stopped reading the book in class i sniffled like when you cry and evreyone turned to look at me weird and asked me if i was ok and i closed the book and shived it far in front of me and saif " its sooo sad"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is every single Lurlene McDaniel book depressing amd romantic. Why can I have a happy romantic ever after ending. I don't understamd. Is tha so hard to ask.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A novel that has made my cry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very touching book. It is a book in which your response or feelings towards the book all depend on your personality. If you are more tough, insensitive, and do not really like love storys then this book would probably not be your best pick. If you are more sensitive, innocent loving, and love love storys then this would be a good pick. I liked this book because i am a hopless romantic. This book has an appealing innocent love that drew me into it and made me part of juile and lukes deep and understanding love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my.... This was by far one of my favorite books of all time. I cried so much. I liked how their relationship was very typical, something you can realate to. I found myself comparing Julie and Luke to me and my boyfriend and it was amazing how alike we were. I can't imagine being in Julie's shoes and experiencing that, because I would never be able to live without my love <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book!! It was inspiring and sad once I got into it, it went by fast.
Darcy Richardson More than 1 year ago
It has everything a giid book should have. You wont be disappointed
Myka Schober More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 3 times and every time I read it I cry. It is the best book I have ever read.
Sherri Clarke More than 1 year ago
after reading this book it made me cry. i love this book. it fealt real and i feel like i am julie sometimes. i love lurlene mcdanial and always will. im team mcdanial 4ever!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cry soooooo......... hard every time I read it. It was the first Lurlene McDaniel book I've ever read. Still one of my favorites and I've read about half of her books. She got me interested in reading. She inspired me. When I first read it I refused to read another book. I read it ten times before I gave into reading any other book. I loved it.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I absolutley loved this book. I was addicted to it the whole time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the first books I read when I was in school and still to this day it brings tears to my eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Evertime i read this book I cry but I love it anyway
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When julies boyfriend scince 8th grade is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer her world is turned upside down. She stays with him knowing their love can survive anything but is it enoigh to save lukes life? In this touching heartfelt story about true love and cancer brings out your sensitive side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great books but really sad.
AmberM2010 More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is one of my all time favorites. I have read and re-read this book over and over again, so many times that the pages and cover are so worn. Even though I always know what will happen in the end, I still shed tears. I am 31 years old and I still love it. This is a favorite of mine from when I was 13 and I still am head over heals for it. It is a must read for anyone of any age!