Sharing Sam

Sharing Sam

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by Katherine Applegate

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From the author of the New York Times Bestseller Crenshaw

How can you take the guy your best friend loves . . . when your best friend’s going to die?

Alison Chapman has always believed she’d fall in love hard. And she does—with Sam Cody, a new guy with a gorgeous face and brooding eyes, a guy who’s


From the author of the New York Times Bestseller Crenshaw

How can you take the guy your best friend loves . . . when your best friend’s going to die?

Alison Chapman has always believed she’d fall in love hard. And she does—with Sam Cody, a new guy with a gorgeous face and brooding eyes, a guy who’s impossible to resist. When Sam asks her to the Valentine’s Day dance, Alison is elated . . . until she finds out that her best friend, Isabella Cates-Lopez, has fallen for Sam,
too . . . until she finds out that Isabella is dying. Now Alison wants Isabella’s last days to be her happiest ever—even if she and Sam have to hide their love. Even if, by sharing Sam, Alison risks losing him forever.

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Sam, the new kid in Alison's Florida high school, is an irresistible combination of mysterious, handsome, and slightly dangerous-looking, and Alison is thrilled when he asks her out. But her good feelings evaporate when her brilliant and beautiful best friend Izzy, who never had a romantic experience, confesses that she likes Sam too. Normally this could be dealt with honestly, but then Alison finds out that Izzy is dying of a brain tumor. Buffeted by waves of contradictory emotions, Alison asks Sam, who cares for his mentally deteriorating grandfather, to date Izzy. Although initially opposed, Sam reluctantly agrees, setting the stage for further complications. Less affecting than it should be, the story, which explores the themes of love, honesty, personal sacrifice, and inevitable loss, feels overstuffed, and there's something uncomfortable about the emotionally evenhanded treatment of romantic love, dementia, and death. Still, although the reader may not agree with the protagonist's conclusion, the question of how far one should go to bring happiness to another is certainly worth contemplating. (Fiction. 12+)

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Chapter 1

Some people said Sam had robbed a Get n' Go in Okeechobee. Some said he was an undercover narc. A reliable source in the girls' bathroom claimed he was Mick Jagger's illegitimate son. We were bored with our gentle lives, and dark, silent Sam was the object of much speculation. As the new guy at school and the only male in AP Bio to sport a black leather jacket, he was asking for it.

Sam rode a motorcycle, no helmet. In the sea of entry-level Chevy sedans and sober parentmobiles, the big Harley in Student Lot B commanded attention. It spoke of mangled limbs, decapitations, promising lives cut short. Conjugating verbs from my window seat in Spanish class, I couldn't take my eyes off it.

I suppose, given that Harley, not to mention the rumors, that it didn't surprise me when I happened, one Monday after school, to witness Sam Cody's inevitable demise.

I was sitting under a tree in the middle of an orange grove near my house. Snickers, my Arabian mare, was grazing nearby. The day, warm and clear, dazzled like a prism. I had my history textbook open on my lap, which I figured was almost the same thing as reading it.

I went to the grove from time to time--sometimes to study, more often to daydream. The star of my reveries was Lance Potts, the golden-boy-blue-eyed-honor-society-junior-class-president-football-center guy I'd fantasized about for months, practicing pillow kisses after SNL on Saturday nights. Although Lance had no idea I existed, he was always kind enough to make an appearance in my daydreams at a moment's notice.

But lately, Sam Cody had been making unscheduled appearances in them as well. I was not sure what to make of this development. Sam was not, after all, the kind of guy I was attracted to.

Although, to be fair, Sam did have very nice eyes.

The hoarse whine of a motorcycle broke the stillness. I tossed my book aside. This was not a bike trail. Technically, it wasn't even a horse trail. Yelling a few expletives, I dashed out to the narrow dirt road that bisected the grove. Then I saw the black jacket, the too-long hair, and I knew it was Sam.

It was one thing to ponder Sam's dark history over a bowl of Orville Redenbacher Light on a dateless Friday evening. It was quite another thing to be trapped in the middle of nowhere with him, armed only with my pepper spray, the one my mom had stuck in the toe of my stocking the Christmas before.

"Hey!" I screamed. "Get off the trail!"

Suddenly, as if he'd reined it in at my command, the bike bucked and twisted. It careened off the trail, carving a clean arc in the still air. Sam clung to it like a bronco rider as the bike plummeted to the ground near an orange tree. It somersaulted once before coming to a stop.

The Harley silenced, the field came alive again with chirps, buzzes, whirs. I waited, hoping for a moan, some sign he'd survived.


As I ran to the wreck I steeled myself for the bloodied corpse and lifeless stare, the horror-movie scenes from those driver ed movies. I conjured up pages from my first-aid book. A, B, C: A was airway, B was breathing, but what the heck was C?

The grass stirred.

Sam was wrapped around the twisted carcass of his bike. A tiny trickle of blood made its way down his left temple.

He opened his eyes. "This isn't hell, is it?"

I shook my head, incredibly relieved that he was alive.

"Florida," I said.

"Close enough."

"I'm here to rescue you," I said nervously. "Don't move."

I leaned close to check his eyes. If his pupils were dilated, that was a bad thing, although I couldn't remember why. Close up, his face was all angles and planes, a geometry lesson. His eyes were nearly black, thick brows, thick lashes. I couldn't be sure about the pupil situation. I caught the faint, acrid smell of tobacco. It figured he would smoke.

I examined a gash on his left hand. "You have a death wish or something?" I muttered.

He touched his bloody temple and swore. "I blew a damn tire. I can't believe it. I just changed that tire two weeks ago! Oh, man, this sucks."

"I mean, why don't you wear a helmet, for God's sake? It's the law. Plus," I added, "you smoke."

Sam stared at me as if I weren't quite in focus. "I'm lying here bleeding to death, and you're nagging me?"

"I hope you realize how lucky it is you landed in a hunk of grass. It could have been a hunk of rock."

"Lucky. Yeah."

"Don't move, I have to think. I took first aid in Girl Scouts, but that was seven years ago."

Sam started to pull his leg free. He winced.

"Stop!" I cried. "Don't move the victim."

"I'm not the victim," he said, stroking a twisted fender.

I checked his head wound. It was bleeding, all right, although not very dramatically. I needed something to bind the cut. There was only one thing to do. I took off my T-shirt. Fortunately, I had a bathing suit top on underneath.

"Maybe I'm in heaven after all," Sam said.

I tried to rip the T-shirt with my teeth. It always works in the movies.

The movies, it just so happens, are full of crap.

"I'm Sam Cody, by the way."

"I know," I said, and was instantly sorry. Strictly speaking, there was no reason I should know his name.

"And you're Alison Chapman."

I blinked, my mouth full of T-shirt. Strictly speaking, there was no reason he should know my name.

I could feel my throat starting to blotch. It was tacky to flirt while binding a wound.

"I'm just going to tie this sucker around your head," I said. Before he could fuss I crouched behind him, folded the shirt into a long strip, and tied it around his forehead. The back of his hair curled sweetly over his collar.

"Ow." He winced. "Just my luck I get the Brownie paramedic."

I stood, brushed off my knees, and admired my handiwork. "You may go into shock at any moment," I said. "I think I'm supposed to cover you with a blanket."

"You could use your jeans," he suggested helpfully.

"I'm going to go get my horse. I'll put her blanket over you, then ride for help. But you have to promise not to move--"

"Time out." Before I could stop him, Sam pulled free of his bike and struggled to his feet. "This is getting way too weird."

"I told you not to stand. You've had a brush with death."

Meet the Author

Katherine Applegate's many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, the picture book The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel Home of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.

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Sharing Sam (Love Stories #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
PSD More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much I let another friend borrow it but I just want to read it again and again. It is so good that I dont even know how to tell you. Well for starters if you like books that deal with romance and diseases you will love this book as much as I did. If you like short stories this book is only 150 pages. Unlike any other book this book makes you feel like you are there with the charactors. I know you're probably thinking that this is a lousy discription, but you won't know how to discribe it either if you were in my position, trying to describe this book is like trying to describe water, impossible. This book will change you world, the same way it did to me. S.A
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
A tearjerker, yes. But well worth it. The book was originally published in 1995, re-released in 2002. It¿s one of those books that is everlasting and any generation can relate to, like Judy Blume¿s Forever¿ The book opens with Alison and Sam meeting on a trail after he wrecks his motorcycle. She helps him. Then she finds out her best friend Isabella has brain cancer and only 6 months left to live. Then she find out that Sam likes her. And that she likes Sam. And that Izzy likes Sam too. So Alison decides to share. And as always, love complicates everything. I really enjoyed this one. I remember reading it the first time, up into the wee hours of the night because I was so entranced by it. It definitely stays with you for days. The story is solidified by the emotions surrounding the true to life characters. It makes you think, really think, of how self-sacrificing you are. How much would you be willing to give up, knowing that it was possibly going to break your own heart in more ways than one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great story, quick easy read!
Veeee23 More than 1 year ago
this book was my gate way novel into reading romance novels. that was over a decade now. im so happy to still see it around after so many years, it brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. and i still remember  the story quite well. i might have to pick up a copy just to reminisce about it.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im using a diff nook i wont be on very much anymire cause im grounded i will be om only at night
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SamTheScholar More than 1 year ago
This book Sharing Sam is heart warming,sad,emotional,and about true love.When you start reading the first chapter you will not want to stop. After I read this book my favorite book has been changed to Sharing Sam and my favorite author, Katherine Applegate. Katherine Applegate writes this heart warming story about one girls feelings and frendship. After you read this book you will try to look for a new one and the new book wont be as far great as Sharing Sam. Sharing Sam changed my perspective for all of the books that I read now. I will never forget this breath-taking story about True Love and Frendship by my faorite author Katherine Applegate.
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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Sharing Sam is a pleasantly short and fascinatingly deep young adult novel about love and loss. Alison rides horses, is joined at the hip to friend Isabella, and struggles to relate at all to her younger sister. Sam rides motorbikes and bleeds on Alison's T-shirt. Their friendship seems unlikely, but there's something about Sam, quiet, keeping himself to himself, rather like Ali and Izzy on the fringes of teen society. But Izzy, who is also falling for Sam, just happens to be sick. Izzy's parents keep secrets and rope Ali in to keep them too. Then Ali decides to keep secrets of her own, and ropes in Sam to help her. The trouble is, Sam has reasons of his own to believe that truth matters more. And no one really knows what Izzy believes. Love and sacrifice, family and friendship, secrecy and availability, thread pleasingly through this tale. I like the characters; I like how they relate to each other; and ultimately I love the way the story ends-lessons taught, lessons learned; true love and true friendship have persevered. Yes, it's a tearjerker. Yes, it would make a great movie. And yes, I recommend it; an enjoyable read.
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Cass94 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. You won't regret reading it. It made me cry so hard and it made me feel that it was okay to cry. It made me realize that tomorrow isn't garunteed for anyone. It made me appreciate everyone and how lucky I am. Most people would have to be put through an experience to learn that. I just had to read this book. It really opened my eyes to what people go through. It's short, only 155 pages. It doesn't take that much of your time so please just read it! You can't just forget this book. It'll stay with you forever. When you get into it, it's hard to stop reading it. I started it yesterday and ended up reading it until almost 1 in the morning because I HAD to finish it. It really shows what people will do for friendship and out of unselfishness and love for other people. PLEASE read this.
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This book is simple amazing!!!! i loved it i laughed and cried and i can relate to the story i would do it for any of my friends and its amazing and everyone in are class has read it and i cant say how much i LOVE this book i read it in a day and i could not put it down.
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Sharing Sam, by Katherine Applegate, is a great book about a girl named Alison. Alison meets this boy, Sam Cody, and I desperately in love with him. The next day at school Alison¿s best friend, Izzy, tells her that she likes a new kid named Sam Cody too. What should Alison do? Let her best friend since kindergarten have the boy, or be selfish and take Sam for herself? The Valentine¿s dance is coming up and Sam is planning on asking Alison. Will true friendship tie into this feud? Read the book to find out Alison¿s rough road to true love. I really could not find any criticism of this book. Many girls could easily relate to this story because it is about two best friends fighting over a boy. Many girls have been in that situation. Sharing Sam reminds me of the movie Here on Earth only there are two boys fighting over a girl. I would recommend this book to all girls over the age of twelve. My reasoning being that I believe that twelve is the age when girls start to get feelings for boys and boys start to get feelings for girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There¿s a new kid in town, Sam Cody, and he¿s the talk around the school. He¿s got a motorcycle, but never wears a helmet, and he smokes. He gets to know Alison Chapman, who is an optimist and a horse lover. They start to like each other until their affections have to be put on hold because Alison¿s best friend Isabella Cales-Lopez tells Alison she has brain cancer. Isabella or Izy likes Sam too. Alison knows something Izy doesn¿t that the doctors couldn¿t get all the cancer and Izy was going to die within a few months. Alison wants her best friend to be happy during the time she has left. So she tells Sam she wants him to date Izy because Izy likes him a lot. Sam doesn¿t agree with Alison¿s thinking at first he thinks it¿s wrong to lie to Izy like that. He also thinks it¿s wrong for Alison to give up her happiness so her friend can be happy. He soon does what Alison asks, and he finds himself falling for Izy, but does he still have feelings for Alison? Did she do the right thing, giving up her happiness for her friend to be happy before she dies? Does Izy know about Alison and Sam¿s secret affections? I really liked this book I thought it let the reader feel the emotions the characters were having. Sharing Sam really gave me things to think about. All the ways the characters handled their problems, was completely different than what I expected, but it made the book that more enjoyable. I liked how the book was easy to read and quick. Also I liked how I could connect to some of the characters. I didn¿t like how the book didn¿t go into much detail with Izy¿s last few weeks. The author barely described her last few weeks, making them sound as if they meant nothing to Alison and Sam. I thought they could¿ve gone into much more detail. Katherine Applegate could¿ve gone into what happened after Izy¿s death because the book just kind of ended after Izy¿s death This book would be for girls in junior high and high school. It¿s a romance book but it has this awry to it. It¿s a romance book but it¿s not your typical romance book, where two people meet, fall in love, and live happily ever after. Sharing Sam is not part of a series and does not require previous reading. Sharing Sam is a well-written, romance book by Katherine Applegate. I recommend reading Sharing Sam it¿s a touching book about what best friends would do for each other, and how much love they have for each other to risk their own happiness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gabbed my eye when i was searing for a book in my reading teachers collection. The book is full of real & emotional drama that sometimes want to make you cry. I could not put this book down & recomment it to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i completely fell in love with this book. i couldnt put it down once i started reading it and i ended up finishing it in three hours flat. the main character, alison, has so much depth to her as do the other characters for such a short book. unlike alot of teen romance novels it really made me think alot about the circumstances and i often found myself putting myself in alison's shoes and wondering what i would do. overall it was simply amazing and i really enjoyed it.