Alive

Alive

by Chandler Baker

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Overview

Alive by Chandler Baker

Stella Cross's heart is poisoned. After years on the transplant waiting list, she's running out of hope that she'll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive.

Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred with strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment. Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone's radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has never felt more drawn to anyone in her life, and soon she and Levi can barely stand to be apart.

Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart?

After all, the heart never lies...does it?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484706831
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 838,714
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Chandler Baker grew up in Florida, went to college at the University of Pennsylvania, and studied law at the University of Texas. She now lives in Austin with her husband, though her heart remains at the beach. She strongly believes that writing quality improves vastly if done while staring out at a large body of water and daydreaming. Chandler is the author of the young adult thriller Alive, as well as the High School Horror series. You can visit her online at www.chandlerbaker.com.

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Alive 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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KristiHulsey More than 1 year ago
http://hulsey2007bookblog.blogspot.com/ So the beginning of this book started off really slow. It was good but not great. It was basically what you would think a heart transplant person would go through. Which was ok for me. I was thinking the whole time I would give this 3 stars because it wasn't perfect at first. Then when you get to the middle you are like oh wow, this picked up some. It started reeling you in. So it became a lot better of a story. But by the ending it started getting creepy. I ended up putting the book down one night because I am not a scary book person. So I had to pick it up again during the daytime. I wasn't expecting the creepiness of it at all. It took a crazy turn that I wasn't expecting. That is what made the book so much better. It was a really good story. I would recommend it because its not what your expecting out of a heart transplant story and that's what makes it different. As for characters, the character of Stella Cross and Henry. Yes I was rooting for them. They were such great friends. So I wanted them to be together. They enjoyed so much of the same movies. It was great. Levi Zin didn't really care for him much. But he was a good character as far as he goes. This was a great story that alot of young adult people will love. You should definitely give it a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's something utterly captivating about this book that kept my eyes glued to the pages. I must admit that the synopsis is a bit misleading. This book starts off contemporary and then does a 180 switch to paranormal/thriller. I enjoyed this, but it might annoy others who don't know this ahead of time. Stella Cross has a heart condition that she'll die from if she doesn't get a heart transplant. It's highly unlikely that she'll find a donor match, so everyone is thrilled when a match miraculously turns up and Stella gets a second chance at life. Soon after her transplant though, she struggles to readjust to school life and ride out the crazy side effects of her operation. I really liked Stella's character. She's got varied interests, she's funny, and she doesn't pity herself.  Eventually the stunningly attractive new kid Levi Zinn appears and shows a keen interest in Stella. When she's around him her new heart hurts less. She feels alive when she's with Levi. The romance in this one was a bit tricky. I'm not sure if I'd call it insta-love, and it's a bit hard to explain without spoiling anything. It felt a tad rushed, but maybe it was just lust at first sight between Stella and Levi. There's also another love interest involved, but that didn't bother me too much. Besides that she starts to have psychotic hallucinations. These hallucinations are so messed up and scary at times. My one problem with the hallucinations is that after the first time or two, you can easily tell what's real and what's not even if Stella can't.  Stella has some wonderful friends too. Brynn is the brash and honest one who you can always count on to tell it to you straight. Stella becomes pretty dependent on Levi and turns away from her friends. She starts blowing them off, especially her friend (and former crush) Henry. Stella and Levi's relationship is sooo unhealthy, and I really hated Stella's behavioral shift towards her friends after she started dating Levi. Henry is sweet and forgiving and a great guy!! I really liked him much more than Levi. Levi's mysterious and dark, the guy who does all the crazy things in life just for the thrills. Just as I mentioned before, this book warps from a contemporary novel into a horror/mystery/thriller story. I found it highly entertaining as the story got spookier and spookier and the mystery evolved. My heart started racing, and I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and I'd recommend it to you!
Cherylkochbooks More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a good book. I was expecting for it to be darker than it turned out to be. I did not really find what was happening to Stella to be that scary. The moments were quick flashes without real explanation behind the images that things happening to Stella. I did want some more detail. Then there is the romance between Stella and Henry. It was sweet but I did not find it added anything to the story as a whole. I thought that it was nice that Stella had Henry by her side as a friend, which if they had stayed this way would have been fine with me. I found that the whole story really came together in the last eleven chapters of the book. This is where the action and the intensity built up and got exciting. Also this is where my details of everything that was happening to Stella was explained.
SamM53 More than 1 year ago
I loved Alive by Chandler Baker. It was totally different from what I was expecting but I was extremely eager to follow Stella's story. The entire novel was extremely unique. I went in expecting a to read about a girl who receives a heart transplant and gets involved in a love triangle while also recovering. My expectations were literally shattered to pieces. I got the love triangle and recovery, plus a completely original, paranormal dark story.  I thought Stella was a great character. She isn't always the nicest, and doesn't make the best decisions but I was captivated by her. Her way of narrating is very detailed, which makes you feel like you're right by her side.  Levi & Henry are the two "love interests", and I cannot explain how shocked I was with the path the love triangle took. I mean it when I say I wasn't expecting the paranormal turn at all.  Aside from that, Levi was a very interesting, mysterious character, but I loved Henry from the start. (I was totally team Henry and Stella.) Complete with hallucinations, first loves, high school parties and plot twists, this book is a page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. 
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
It happens at 5:08 every day. The visions, the muddled confusion, the senseless images plummets Stella from her semi-ordinary world into a world of chaos. She’s been having these painful out of body experiences since receiving her new heart and the seventeen-year old student is keeping the episodes to herself. She tries to be strong when inside the pain is tearing away at her. Henry notices a change in Stella but after all she just had major surgery so he tries to keep his feelings for Stella in check for a time when she is more herself. They have had a strong friendship for years and Henry would like something more but he knows the time is not right. You can feel Henry’s commitment and feelings towards Stella as you read the novel, the way he interacts with her, watches out for her and the way he talks to her even if he is not playing a major role in her life, he is there for her. When Levi, a new student arrives at school, Stella is memorized by him. His attentiveness towards her, Stella favors but Henry feels it is more than just attractiveness that binds him to her. Stella feels it is jealousy between the two males and her attractiveness to Levi intensifies. Together, Stella and Levi melt into each other, like strands of a string entwined together. Stella tries to lead a normal life, but her life has changed with her transplant, her active world now is at a rabbits pace. The visions that are now routine in Stella’s life are becoming clearer, the images more confusing and I am myself have started to put some of this mystery together. A party, attended by many was the icing on the cake and set everything in motion. The ending of this novel was fantastic and couldn’t have been any better. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and NetGalley.) “Blood sprays up at my face. Several droplets dangle in my line of vision. They cling to my hair. Gagging, I cover my mouth. Only, my wet fingers slip across my skin, leaving warm patches of blood on my face. Blood that pours out onto the table.” This was a slightly strange story about a girl haunted by the previous owner of her transplanted heart. I felt quite sorry for Stella, she’d obviously been through a lot, been held by her heart, and even felt like she’d been replaced when her parents had chosen to have another baby. To then feel like she was going crazy because of her transplanted heart all seemed like a bit too much. “My chest convulses, and I lurch off the bed, then slam back down on the ground. It convulses again and my body is tossed as if I’m possessed by demons.” The storyline in this was about Stella feeling pain and hallucinating every day at 5:08, and not knowing why. I thought that the pacing in this was quite slow though, and the book seemed to drag a bit. “It’s… terrifying. Like time is working against you. Like there’s a literal hourglass that contains the minutes of your life.” We also had a bit of a love triangle happening Stella, a new boy called Levi, and Stella’s friend Henry. “We’re two magnets. I feel the instant pull at that moment we decide we’re going to kiss.” The ending to this was okay, and I thought the author did a good job of ending this happily. 6 out of 10
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
Review : I believe that Alive is Chandler Baker’s debut novel – which is amazing and almost hard to believe, considering how good it is. The writing is fluent and the story is well developed. I admit I have some issues with the characters but that is really a matter of opinion I think. Others may not have any problems with them. It might seem that Stella is rude to her friends but I think the author wanted to point out how much she was drowning in her addiction to Levi – so I do not have any issue with that. My main problem is Levi himself. All characters were developed up to a point that you could either like or dislike them, even such small parts like Tess were described that the reader knew what to think, feel or expect. But Levi? He was a big fat blank for me. (sorry but this will not go over with a small spoiler) I get that in the beginning he was supposed to be charming and all so his real intentions were hidden but after the “outing” I expected something more of him to surface. And wow .. .I guess this was my first zombie novel (spoiler alert) – I always said I would never read one …. But in total this is a truly enjoyable read except the fact of its age recommendation being Ages 12 and up … I doubt that they can “get” those fine “references” about Stephen King and well I wonder if they even know the Twilight Zone (NO this has nothing to do with a Stephenie Meyer novel #laughing) – well but who am I to judge :- ) > > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <