Monday, February 27, 2012

Review : Till Death Do Us Part by Lurlene McDaniel

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Release Date: June 28, 1997
Pages: 224
Source: Own

The Story:

The doctor's diagnosis for April Lancaster is not good. April has a brain tumor which cannot be operated on. She's only 18, and her future is uncertain. But when she meets Mark Gianni, a 21-year-old with a passion for car racing, things change.

Mark is handsome and charming--and has cystic fibrosis. Despite herself, April falls completely in love with him. April says yes when Mark asks her to marry him. But a racing accident aggravates Mark's CF, and April must make a decision that will change the course of her life forever.

RatingFOUR Gold Stars!!!!

My Review: One word: TEAR-JERKER
Seventeen-year-old April Lanchester is the only child of Hugh and Janice Lancaster. It's her senior year in high school and April's been having bad headaches and blackouts lately. Knowing what those headaches could potentially mean, she tried to ignore them as long as she could. But when April passed out during her English class, her parents finally made her go get tested. All of their worst fears came to light: April's cancer was back. She had been cancer-free since five but now the doctors discovered a brain tumor. To make matters worst, the tumor is inoperable. As luck would have it, during her visits to the hospital she met 21-year-old Mark Gianni. Tall and charming with intense brown eyes and dark curly hair, she's still a bit reluctant about him considering her circumstances and the fact that he was a bit on the . . . presumptious side. And that is a nice way to put it since Mark claimed that he fully intended for April to be his wife. The very first time they met! Nonetheless, Mark's charm is had to resist and April finds herself falling deeper into his world. But there's a hitch: Mark has Cystic Fibrosis. An incurable disease that could take him in an instant.
What does fate hold for a studious girl with an inoperable brain tumor and a thrill-seeking guy with CF? Will they beat the odds ... or be torn apart by their life-threatening illnesses?

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from Till Death Do Us Part:

Mark & April: The door slowly opened, and the boy from the rec room stood there. "Hi," he said with a sunny grin.

"Do I know you?" she asked.

"Mark Gianni." He held out his hand.

She took it cautiously. His grip was warm, his palm rough. He was tall and had curling dark brown hair and intense deep brown eyes. But Kelli had been right. He was thin, almost gaunt. "And you're here because...?" She allowed the sentence to trail.

"Because I want you to know that you're the most beautiful girl I've ever seen. And I thought I should introduce myself. I mean, we should get to know each other. Since you're the girl I intend to marry."

*** Check out Lurlene McDaniel's website for more information about her and Till Death Do Us Part: HERE

Happy Reading!


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