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“…[a]….journey well worth taking.” --Publishers Weekly
"Compulsively readable." -- School Library Journal
Excerpted from Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers Copyright © 2012 by Meagan Brothers. Excerpted by permission.
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Posted August 15, 2012
Dani has always been the lucky one. Her mother jokes that she and Dani
have nine lives. What happens when her twin sister, Jena, contracts
cancer and may not have nine lives. After all, she was never the lucky
one. Dani chooses to deal with her sister's cancer in an unusual way.
She goes out of her way to try to lose her lives, hoping that one of
them might go to Jena. She undergoes ridiculous trials and lands herself
in trouble and in the hospital, but she does not seem to care. The
reader will follow this train wreck of a character throughout the book,
an interesting plot of self-discovery and acceptance. It is interesting
that the author manages to keep the book more about Dani and less about
cancer; rather, she focuses on Dani and her love for her sister. The
reader will likely love that this is not one of those cookie-cutter
books where a family member loses a love one to cancer. Dani's
character is the main draw to this novel. She is careless with her
precious health, seeming to think herself invincible. The reader will
get to know her quite well. Ironically, the reader barely knows Jena.
Jena is viewed and thought of through the eyes of Dani. Dani's
perspective and thoughts guide the reader through this novel. The other
characters fit in perfectly. Dani acquires a love interest she never
thought she would have, Dani's parents react to Jena's cancer in their
own ways, and Dani's destructive way of dealing with Jena's cancer is
only noticed by a couple of characters. The plot is interesting. We
all would love to have nine lives, but not many of us would actually
test that theory. The ending might not be what the reader may have
guessed, but satisfying nonetheless. This book is highly recommended to
young adult/teen readers.
Posted April 28, 2012