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The Why Me?: The Courage to Live

The Why Me?: The Courage to Live

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by Deborah Kent
     
 

One minute Chloe Peterson was a happy, busy teen, going to school, working at a vet's office, and trying out for The Sound of Music. Then her world fell apart. It began with headaches, fever, and aching stiffness taht left her weak and dizzy. Then Dad was laid off from his job. And Mom began working overtime, so they rarely saw her anymore.

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Overview

One minute Chloe Peterson was a happy, busy teen, going to school, working at a vet's office, and trying out for The Sound of Music. Then her world fell apart. It began with headaches, fever, and aching stiffness taht left her weak and dizzy. Then Dad was laid off from his job. And Mom began working overtime, so they rarely saw her anymore.

The doctor said Chloe's problem was stress. But the vitamins he recommended didn't work. There was never a right time to approach Mom or Dad...until she collapsed. Todd Bowers, the cute guy she met at teh vet's, had seen it coming. He tried to help. She almost let herself believ they could be a couple.

But when Chloe landed in the hospital, everything changed. Suddenly she was fighting for her life—against the greatest enemy of all: herself. Who could help her now? Was Todd's feeling for her real—or pity? Could she dare take the ultimate risk and believe that he really cares?

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Chloe Peterson is a normal, happy, busy teen. She works part time in a veterinary office, tries out for plays and is involved in other school activities. She has also just met Todd, a really cute guy at school. Her life seems perfect until she almost passes out in front of Todd when he stops in to see her at work. For days on end Chloe is tired all the time and suffers from headaches, fevers and an aching stiffness. Her dad is laid off from his job and her mom begins to work a lot more overtime. She goes to see her family doctor, who believes that Chloe is just experiencing stress and recommends vitamins. For a while they seem to work. Chloe feels much better, her energy returns and her headaches and stiffness go away. But when Chloe collapses while trying out for The Sound of Music and lands in the hospital, everything changes. She finds out that she has lupus and she will have to live with it for the rest of her life. The author does a great job in giving accurate information about this disease. It is a bit melodramatic but young teens will identify with the anger and all the other emotions which ring true throughout the book. This book revolving around an illness should appeal to readers of Lurlene McDaniel. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2001, Simon & Schuster/Archway, 194p, 18cm, $4.99. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Jamie Lyn Weaver; YA Libn., Geneva P.L., Geneva, IL, May 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 3)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743400312
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
02/01/1901
Series:
Why Me? Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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The Why Me? 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was just amazing! I loved it! It taught me about just so much! I think that doctor was a little careless the first time she saw him. I read this book for school had a test on it and i aced it because i loved it. This book is just totally amazing and i promise you if you read this book you wont be dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i learned a lot from this book.. for example i learned that if you have a dissease, or a problem, dont let it take you down, and let your life go down with it, you need to live it at the fullest!! i have a friend with asthma, and althogh she cant run alot, and has to be less active, she does what she can, and is on the dance team, and doesnt let her asthma take her down. and i would not have noticed things like this without it being pointed out, and this book was a true EYE OPENER!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. I enjoyed it because it was very educational and a good book for kids. I recomend this to girls my age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book, i've probably read it more than a dozen times because it was so good and you could feel what Cloe was going through!
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I thought this was a really great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book made me think about how much people take their health for granted. I love these kinds of books because I am chronically ill....But, this is a book that even someone who is not sick will enjoy!!! It also is very educational about the condition of lupus, and some of the feelings that someone affected by this may have. Check it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this book is one of my favorite. It made me cry so much because I could relate to certain aspects of the book. I would recommend this to everyone. Please go read it...