Parents' Guide to

I Want to Live

By P. J. Nunn, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Emotional story shows what kids with cancer face.

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age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Great book

I started reading this book( which is based of a series)when I was in middle/ high school. I fell in love with the authors stories of how all these characters struggle with real live struggles. I love this book( and the rest of the this series). I happy that this doesn't have any cursing so its pretty safe for a younger group of audience.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 13+
I fell in love with this book. Alot of people have to go through ordeals with sick children every day, take a drive to Vanderbilt Childrens's Hospital one day, and reality will most definatly hit you. There is so many good points in this book that I think all young readers should read. I believe it will help children, as well as adults, learn to deal with sickness. The characters were so well though out. Rob, (Dawns brother) was such a sweetheart from the start. He loved his sister so much he would do anything for her. They were a very close family. And Darcy, well, that kind of relationship happens alot when your family needs you most. If Darcy truly loved Rob, she would have been the first to say, "Lets Reschedule the wedding", Family comes first." But she was only thinking of herself. I would highly recommend this book for the more mature 12 year olds and starting age 13 for sure. This would also be a good mother-daughter reading book, and discuss the happenings.

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Great messages

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This is a poignant tale of emotional upheaval, a straightforward story that may inspire compassion and understanding. Dawn is swept into the complications cancer has wrought on her life and confronts issues of peer acceptance and the tendency of even her close family members to treat her differently because of the disease. Her interlude of rebellious acting-out is short-lived, and could have been better drawn. Instead, it's shown as easily resolved and somewhat superficial. By the end of the book, readers should have a clear, if condensed, picture of what kids with cancer face.

While the writing is undeniably pulpy, it attempts to transmit positive, life-affirming values. I WANT TO LIVE may be helpful to those with friends or family members battling a similar situation, but it also be of interest to teens and preteens who simply like a tearjerker.

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