06/16/09



Book Review

Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel

Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel

Release Date: May 12, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 165

What is the toughest request anyone can be asked to fulfill?

Travis Morrison is a champion diver and one of the most popular kids at school. On the first day of summer vacation, while boating on the lake with his friends, Travis attempts a silly stunt dive that goes wrong. He fears he has broken his leg. Instead, his trip to the hospital reveals he has a rare form of cancer, and to save him, the doctors tell his parents they must amputate. In an instant, Travis’s life and the lives of everyone around him are forever changed.

Travis is determined that he and only he should decide the course of his life. He has a plan, but he can’t carry it out alone. Will he convince one of his friends to fulfill his most important request?

McDaniel isn’t afraid to tackle difficult subjects, in her novel Breathless she exposes her readers to Euthanasia. Told in the perspective of four characters: Travis, Emily (the sister), Darla (the girlfriend), and Cooper (the best friend.) I found the novel severely depressing, yet at the same time thought-provoking and interesting.

Enlightening the reader to both positions, for and against, McDaniel is never preachy or judgmental. She allows the readers to retain their own perspectives on the issue. An awesomely written book on a delicate subject.

12/16/07



Book Review

Prey

Prey by Lurlene McDaniel Prey by Lurlene McDaniel

Prey is the newly anticipated novel by author Lurlene McDaniel. McDaniel is a veteran of young adult issues and has written over forty books! Prey is the first novel by McDaniel that I have read, but I am sure that it won’t be the last.

Ryan is like any other high school freshman. Trying to fit in to the high school social scene and avoiding the seniors. He has his two best friends Joel and Honey to keep him sane. Joel keeps Ryan occupied with his friendship and video games while his dad is constantly out of town. Then of course there is Honey, the basketball superstar. She has had a crush on Ryan forever, but of course like most teenage boys he is oblivious.

Ryan’s normal high school life changes when he steps into his new World History class and he sees his new teacher Ms. Lori Settles, as do every other male in the student and faculty population!

Ryan and Ms. Settles develop a relationship out of the classroom after Ryan helps her move in to her new apartment. As the relationship progresses so do Lori’s demands. Ryan’s friends wonder where he is and Honey notices the change in Ryan’s persona. Will their relationship be able to remain secret?

The topic of Prey is very relevant and very real. You hear more about student/teacher relationships in the media then ever before. It has even happened in my small town high school. It is apparent that Lurlene researched her topic thoroughly. Her complex characters and interesting twists keep you enthralled in the story. A compelling read!

Will you be able to decide who is the predator and who is the prey?

Don’t forget to look for a copy of Prey on February 12, 2008.

Other review of Prey:

Karin’s Book Book
Teen Reads



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