by Lurlene McDaniel


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This moving and charged novel by Lurlene McDaniel, the bestselling author of inspirational fiction for young adults, presents ethical as well as moral dilemmas and explores the harsh reality of making a choice that, once made, can never be undone.
Travis Morrison knows how good his life is. He’s a champion diver and one of the most popular kids at school. He has Darla, the girl he loves; Emily, his kid sister, whom he actually doesn’t mind hanging out with; and Cooper, his best friend.
On the first day of summer vacation, all four go boating on the lake, and everything feels perfect. They cut the motor and drift toward their favorite spot, where cliffs abound—nature at its finest. Travis’s friends ask him not to try the diving stunt, but he can’t resist a challenge.

Travis’s silly stunt dive goes wrong, and he fears he has broken his leg. Instead, his trip to the hospital reveals devastating news. In an instant, Travis’s life and the lives of everyone around him are forever changed.

Travis understands that his parents believe they’re doing what’s best for him. But he’s always been sure of himself, and he’s sure of one thing now—that he and only he should decide the course of his life. He has a plan, but he can’t carry it out alone. How will he convince the three people he feels he can count on most to help him? And when things get even worse, who will fulfill his most important request?

In this honest and probing novel, Lurlene McDaniel tackles a controversial subject, sensitively exploring the issues of personal choice and quality of life, and poignantly reminding readers that every individual deserves to be treated with dignity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385734592
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/12/2009
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: HL560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lurlene McDaniel began writing inspirational novels about teenagers facing life-altering situations when her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. “I saw firsthand how chronic illness affects every aspect of a person’s life,” she has said. “I want kids to know that while people don’t get to choose what life gives to them, they do get to choose how they respond.”
Lurlene McDaniel’s novels are hard-hitting and realistic, but also leave readers with inspiration and hope. Her books have received acclaim from readers, teachers, parents, and reviewers. Her bestselling novels include Don’t Die, My Love; I’ll Be Seeing You; Till Death Do Us Part; Hit and Run; and Prey.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i read it in 3 hours and i cryed through the whole book but just because i cryed doesnt make it a sad book this book was...... there are almost no words to tell about this everybody has there own option some say its sad some will say its happy in the end some will say iits a mix of both but no matter u say it is it is a great book and is worth the reading it
Miminator More than 1 year ago
this book was soo emotional. there were soo many different emotions all put into this one little book.I Think Lurlene did an AMAZING job at making you think about life and situations such as these. It really makes you think about how life can completely change. And how quickly it can be over. This book had me laughing and more like balling my eyes out. i felt sad, happy, and angry within just a few pages. This book litteraly left me breathless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I've read in awhile, the ending is amazing. I cried and cried. Wonderful.
Ariel_Sky More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best discussion books available on the highly controversial topic of euthanasia. This book tells the story about those who are in favor of it and those who are not and all those in between. Just like this book portrayed, no one really does know what he or she will do in a particular situation unless one actually finds him or herself in that situation. People can say they will or will not do something in any time and place. These same people can also be quick to judge about the actions of others when the honestly have no such right to do so. But if a person really thinks about it, no one can be 100% truly sure. After reading this book, I realized that all family members, who are old enough to understand, should have the "what-if" discussion. Such talks ahead of time, allows the opportunity for open discussions of a person's wishes and time to come to an informed conclusion. That way, should the time ever come the decision is, in essence, already made. Everyone should be able to choose their own path in life. Other people can only offer guidance. Ultimately, in the end, the path a person chooses is for him or her to decide.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first started reading this book a while ago and it didn't really catch my eye, then in class the other day we had to have a book so I took out my phone and started to read. I sat through all my classes that day and read. That same weekend I sat at home and read all Sunday, finished too. It had my eyes watering three different times. But it really got me crying when the last few chapters came up. I cried, and cried. I recommend this book to everyone who likes sad books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People eho dont likthis book are just a little wired!!!!!!I LLLLLLOOOOVVVVEEEEEDDDD this book.this was my first book tht got me started on her books.i have now been reading her books for a year now:) l love tham!!!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thnk it impossible to say u dont love this, first time reading it is the best.
ss360 More than 1 year ago
AAAAAAMMMMAAAAZZZZIIINNNGGG!!!!! This book was definetley worth the read even though it was a bit short. It was full of emotion...i actually cried!!!I loved how it was written in each charecters different point of view!!! But its a really great book and i loved it.
Kimberly Michalik More than 1 year ago
i lovedd this book it was amazin. i really could not put this down. i reccommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading it fits any age group from 7th grade and up!!! read itt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. It was realistic and emotional. The suspense held you all the way through the story even in the end. She did a great job telling the story using point of view and really gets her readers to think.
SilverReader More than 1 year ago
This book really gets you thinking about what your point of view on things are until your put into a specific situation. You realise what is important to you and how you would like things to go in your life.
twilighter821 More than 1 year ago
As a cancer survivor I know exactly what this charachter is thinking this book is thought provoking and fmay change your opinion on this controversial topic. It may be in the YA section but I would reccomend this book to anyone.
xXmariicanflyyXx More than 1 year ago
this book is a real page turner. im a teen so to read a book that includes a teen with a health problem he never knew about,it opens my eyes a little bit. reading this book,i found this idea come to my head : even if you seem to be the best person in the world,you're still not at risk of something devastating just because you see yourself prettier or more athletic than others. i loved this very much.
erineell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Seventeen year-old Travis Morrison¿s life is drastically altered after he breaks his leg cliff jumping. A champion diver, Travis convinces himself he will heal in time for swim season. But, his perspective on healing and life quickly change after he learns that he has an aggressive form of bone cancer that result in his leg being amputated. After coming to terms with the loss of his leg and failed rounds of chemotherapy, Travis¿s prognosis for survival is slim. As he finds peace in his inventible death, his closest friends and family struggle to see his desire to die with dignity. Cooper (his outcast best friend), Emily (his God-fearing sister) and Darla (his beautiful girlfriend) learn about having dreams in a small town, themselves, loyalty and each other as they watch Travis deteriorate. McDaniel writes in such way that unveils a variety of emotions, perceptions, opinions and stances surrounding the topic of euthanasia. The alternating points of view of the four main characters add interest to a story that otherwise might be mediocre. With that said, this quick read, will provoke one to think about the ethics and morals behind having the choice to die. Age Appropriate: 9th Grade and UpThis book deals with a sensitive topic and I would caution readers who have recently lost a close friend and/or family member to terminal illness. The book would be good for a reluctant reader because of the fast moving storyline and controversial topic.
Euphoria13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow....I definitely wasn't expecting the way this book ended. Wow. That was just....heartbreaking. Oh Lurlene McDaniel, you sure do know how to get a person on the edge of tears. Of course, as a fan of her writing, you do learn to expect the sad endings, but this book was definitely different then her other books, even if it dealt with the subject of Cancer- which many of her other books deal with characters struggling with the disease.I think I'm going to be haunted by that ending for a long time.
dmreilly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend for Jr. high or high school. Each chapter is written from one of the character's perspectives. Would be a great source for discussion on values. Does not promote one simple answer, rather gets one thinking.
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I could relate to hpw the characters felt, my grandpa passed away because of cancer. This beautiful master peice made me cry. I recomend to people 14+.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fantastic book! Lurlene never ceases to make me cry.... but I love when books make you fell that emotionally inclined, that all you can do is cry. Lurlene rights with skill and obvious experience when it comes to tragic things, yet she makes them highly believable and real. I have read almost all of her books, and have enjoyed every single one of them! :) <3
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This story will really touch your heart!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book.Ive read alot of her books they are so sad!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever. It breaks your heart in so many way but at the same time that just makes you love the book even more. Its not shy at all to talk about the serious issues they are faced with. (: <3 A Total Must Read!