The Girl With Nine Lives

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All These Lives, by Sarah Wylie is a 245 page novel that is humorous and comes from the heart.

All These Lives, by Sarah Wylie is a 245 page novel that is humorous and comes from the heart. This is a story about a teenage girl who has a twin sister with cancer and a mom and dad that don’t get along. Dani, the main character is also convinced she has nine lives, just like her mother. Jena is Dani’s twin sister with cancer. With a Dad that tries too hard to please, a way over-protective Mom, a sick and frail twin sister, a huge crush and the fact that she has nine lives, Dani’s life is not exactly an easy one.

 

Since she learned she has nine lives and that a cat’s lives go to other cats when they are used, Dani has decided that maybe it’s the same for humans. If she loses enough lives maybe Jena will catch one, so, on the days Jena feels really bad, Dani makes herself lose a life so that Jena will feel better. Besides her lives to worry about, Dani also has to worry about school. There’s Jack who she totally has a crush on and there is a math assignment and Dani is paired with Jack. Of course there is home to think about too. Her sister can’t go to school, be outside long, and is always so cold that she needs jackets or blankets on at all times.

 

Will Jack and Dani get to date? Will Jena catch a life? What happens if Dani loses too many lives? Read the book to find out.

 

I really liked this book all the way through. It does have some inappropriate language that I would recommend for 6th graders and up. It really tells what it means to be a sister even when things seem to keep going downhill. This is Sarah Wylie’s first novel and is really good for a first book. If you think this sounds interesting, go ahead and try it out.