Monday, October 5, 2015

Review : Sharing Sam by Katherine Applegate

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

  • PublisherRandom House Children's Books
Release Date: March 9, 2004
Pages: 160
Source: Own

The Story:

How can you take the guy your best friend loves . . . when your best friend’s going to die?
Alison Chapman has always believed she’d fall in love hard. And she does—with Sam Cody, a new guy with a gorgeous face and brooding eyes, a guy who’s impossible to resist. When Sam asks her to the Valentine’s Day dance, Alison is elated . . . until she finds out that her best friend, Isabella Cates-Lopez, has fallen for Sam, too . . . until she finds out that Isabella is dying. Now Alison wants Isabella’s last days to be her happiest ever—even if she and Sam have to hide their love. Even if, by sharing Sam, Alison risks losing him forever.

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My Review: One word: HEARTFELT

Sharing Sam is a heartfelt story about true friendship. Love. And the sacrifices made for loved ones.

Opening Line:

Some people said Sam had robbed a Get n' Go in Okeechobee. 


I just knew 
Sharing Sam was going to be heartbreakingly good. Two best friends fall for the same guy. One of the girls is dying cancer. The other best friend gives up boy so her best friend can date him. Boy agrees to the terms but falls in love with sick friend. Talk about a love triangle.

Sharing Sam was a relatively short book and so was the romance but definitely believable. I suppose I would choose short and believable than long and doubtful. The premise was the love-triangle to end-all love-triangles and Applegate wrote it out in a tasteful manner. 

Overall, Sharing Sam is a short and sweet heartfelt story with decent writing. Applegate's character's are believable and the premise is one yo keep readers drawn in until the end.

Meet the Author: 

Katherine Applegate's many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, a picture book entitled The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel, Home of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.

Katherine was inspired to write The One and Only Ivan after reading about the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the "Shopping Mall Gorilla." The real Ivan lived alone in a tiny cage for twenty-seven years at a shopping mall before being moved to Zoo Atlanta after a public outcry. He was a beloved celebrity at the zoo, which houses the nation's largest collection of western lowland gorillas, and was well known for his paintings, which he "signed" with a thumb-print.

Katherine lives in California with her husband and two children.

***Check out Katherine Applegate's website for more information about her and the Sharing Sam: HERE Always, Hay

Happy Reading!


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