Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla

Reading level: Young Adult Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: Westside Books Published: June 1, 2010 ISBN-13: 978-1934813157 "Is it better to be numb, to feel none of the pain you were in? Would I want to live like that, if I could? Would that be worth living? Or is it better to just stop walking?" About The Book: While most seniors at her high school are worrying about prom and final exams, seventeen-year-old Sam is desperately trying to save her best friend Jesse's life. He has a rare, treatment-resistant form of cancer, and his odds of survival aren't good, and he may have only ten months left to live. Through every bit of his pain and anguish, Sam has been by his side--through the grueling, aggressive treatments and their awful aftermath, to sleeping in his room at night when he's afraid to be alone. Best friends and neighbors since preschool, Jesse and Sam's friendship is changing--now they're falling in love, and the bond between them grows stronger even as Jesse is weakens. Will they have a happy ending...or will their story end in heartbreak? (From the publisher) My Thoughts: The Girl Next Door is an emotionally charged book about Love and how far love can take you, How much can love really save a person? This Book seems like a typical enough story, but it is packed with so much more. It has a small but powerful cast of characters, where at some point in the book you will relate to each of them. Selene Castrovilla did not hold back at all, I have read books with this similar subject but Selene gave the raw truth of what really goes on behind the scenes of not only a boy and girl in love but also when a boy and girl, that are in love have to deal with the harsh realities that the world can have. Sam comes off as a strong character in the beginning, A girl that took care of her sick best friend and was willing to walk miles barefoot for anything he needed, But as the story went on and as the situation was getting heavier and stronger Sam started to lose control. Her strong facade started weakening and it was Jesse that was there to pick her up when she was at her low. They both were saving one another. They were both dealing with their battles together. Jesse was a boy that was beyond his years. He dealt everyday with the horrible hand he is was given in life but still remained strong willed and at times had to remain strong for not only himself but for Sam too. Sam and Jesse may have only been 17 years old, but their love was strong, and was able to fight some heavy battles. This book was painfully real, the emotions described were radiating out of the page, and I felt like I was right there with Sam and Jesse. You will be missing out if you don't read this book. This book is a raw story, a story about love, tragedy, healing and self-growth.
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  1. After reading the blurb and review, I can't definitely understand how this book can leave you with a lot of emotions. Great review!

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  4. This book sounds really intense. I'll definitely have to look into it :)


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