All These Lives
by Sarah Wylie
Published: June 5th 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: From NetGalley for
Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died.
But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away.
To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena.
But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one.
*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
The main reason I got so interested in this book, was the deal with the nine lives. I wasn't sure if it meant something paranormal, but I hoped so, at least a little. Well, it didn't really work that way, but I still wasn't disappointed with the story.
I haven't really read many cancer book because they probably are pretty depressing. And life can be pretty depressing even without cancer, so prefer not reading about it.
So this was my first one of those, but luckily this book didn't concentrate that much to Jena's cancer but more to her twin sister, Dani, and how she handles her sisters illness.
Well, she really doesn't. In one point of her life someone told her that cat has nine lives and after cat losts one, that life gets freed and it ends up with someone who needs it more. And since she's survived unlike situations earlier, she's convinced her life is like a cats, with extra eight lives. And she's two down, seven to go.
After testing her theory, she notises Jena's feeling better. So she ends up putting herself in danger, time after time, just to save her sister. Until it might be too late to hold on to her last life.
Dani loves her sister more than anything but doesn't really let other people near her. She's sarcastic, snarky and even bitchy at times, but that just made me love her! Probably cause I love sarcasm and every other sentence coming out of my mouth are sarcastic, even though it annoys many people.. But what can you do.
If my review was based solely on the main character, I would have to give 5 cupcakes, no questions asked. But since it's not..
I felt kind of iffy with the whole nine lives- thing. I would've loved it if there was any paranormal element, but in the real life? You just have to wonder if she's really in this world. You know, mentally and all..
And I felt the story was left uncomplete, because we never really get to know what happens with the cute guy. Love the story leading to romance, but wished there were some romantic scenes or something.
This book definitely left me wanting to know more, but unfortunately there won't be more. And that makes me sad, but what can you do.