Somewhere Between Life and Death

Somewhere Between Life and Death

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by Lurlene McDaniel
     
 

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The celebration isn't supposed to end in tragedy. The night of their high-school drama group's cast party starts out as fun for sisters Amy and Erin.
Their lives come crashing down when Amy takes the car to get more food and has a horrible accident. Erin and her family pray for Amy to awaken from her coma. But as the monitor bleeps and the respirator hisses, Amy

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The celebration isn't supposed to end in tragedy. The night of their high-school drama group's cast party starts out as fun for sisters Amy and Erin.
Their lives come crashing down when Amy takes the car to get more food and has a horrible accident. Erin and her family pray for Amy to awaken from her coma. But as the monitor bleeps and the respirator hisses, Amy lies somewhere between life and death.
Erin and her parents must find the courage to accept the fact that Amy's life-support system will never bring her back. When she dies, can the family give some meaning to her senseless death? Can Amy's dying become the hope for someone else's living?


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This pair of novels is intended to be a compassionate, helpful portrait of a family coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. But because the family depicted is so bland, and the course of their grief so tritely charted, the end result resembles the case histories found in mawkish self-help books. Perfectionist Erin is often infuriated by her easygoing younger sister Amy. But when a near-fatal car accident leaves Amy comatose, the distraught Erin is unable to face the idea of turning off her sister's life-support system and donating her organs to science. Only after lashing out at everyone who does not seem properly grief-stricken is Erin finally able to accept her sister's death. But the saccharine saga does not end here: the second volume picks up the thread of the story a year after Amy's death. Though Erin has done her best to return to a normal life, she is plagued by debilitating headaches--the product of unresolved mourning and newly arisen family tensions. A cliche-spouting family therapist and a goofy would-be boyfriend lead Erin through numerous predictable confrontations with her feelings. These forgettable, lightweight novels have no place among the many wonderful books that offer young readers an authentic vision of what it means to love and lose. Ages 10-up. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-- McDaniel offers two unique, well-crafted novels about the death of a teenage sibling. In Somewhere . . ., Erin lends her car to her younger sister, Amy, who has just gotten her driver's license. The inevitable horrid accident occurs, leaving Amy comatose, and the family decides to turn off her life-support system. Time to Let Go is the story of her family's recovery as each deals with the tragedy separately. A worthy message is incorporated into both novels: people's ability to surmount horrible happenings varies dramatically. --Alice Cronin, Mountainside Public Library, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307776242
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/27/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
920,797
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

LURLENE MCDANIEL is the #1 author of inspirational fiction for young adults. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Somewhere Between Life and Death 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This and all Lurlene McDaniel's book are terrific!This book particuarly is great.I absoulutely enjoy reading all of Lurlene's books.Personally,I think that Erin did a right thing in this book for her sister.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad story tears likely
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah
Nisha Patel More than 1 year ago
i would recomend this book to teenagers that are emotional and like sad stories.If you are this kind of person you will love this book like i did. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOK EVER!
Teame Abraham More than 1 year ago
nice book so far
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Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a really good book. it made you laugh cry get mad feel like you had to help in some situations you could always see a image in your head
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST book ever. Erin is determined to save her sister in a life and death situation. She won't let her sister die. This book is a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this book very much. One thing that I like a lot about this story is that erin would never give up on her sister. One thing I thoght that was going to happen was Travis would hear when Erin was telling Amy that she use to like him and somehow they would end up together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such a good book i couldn't stop reading even in school during my classes i would sneak in a few pages whenever i could. This book is so so good that you will want to read them all! so go and read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was sad, and even though you know that Amy dies it still makes you cry (or at least i cried) I absolutly loved this book. Lurlene really taps into your feelings and emotions. It is a good no GREAT book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
lurlene mcdaniel does good research for her books and i appreciate this this is her best book by far which isnt saying much but i like it simply because it has no reference to god in it whatsoever and i was getting sick of it in her other books
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It felt weird at first reading it because my name is Erin, but I got really into the story and couldn't put it down. It was really sad and made me cry. The second book is just as good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great storyteller! At first, it was diffcult to keep reading on, but terrible car wreck that Amy had draws me closer. I went on and felt I am in the scene where Amy laid in the hosptial. I felt so sad for Amy's family, especially for Erin. Erin had the most suffering to face than their parents had as I think because Erin and Amy were very close. So does for me and my own sister who still alive. For Amy, I missed her good humor sense and good heart. She died in peace without any regret because of how well and wonderful she had been living. For all of us, we need that when comes to be dying because a precious life can be short. McDaniel's book is deserved to be recommended as well. Keep it up, Ms. McDaniel :-) Now, I better check out the second story--Time TO LET GO because it draws me closer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was loving and sad!It was one of the best books i have read in a while!I have learned so much from this book and to never let a young person drive in bad weather, especially someone that has only had their drivers licens for only a week! I haven't read a time to let go but i am in the prosses of it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best books that she has written i was glad i got a chance to read it.