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All These Lives

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Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani's twin, Jena, isn't so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani's father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything's normal. And Jena is wasting away. To cope, Dani ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 245 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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May 26, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
While I was a bit thrown off by the nine lives viewpoint, All These Lives is a really captivating story about dealing with cancer in a loved one. What's different in this one, is that the story is not actually about the cancer patient, but her sister, Dani. Dani and Jena are twins, Jena has cancer and Dani is battling with guilt. Specifically, she feels guilty for having nine lives, when Jena is fighting for her one.

Let me tell you straight up. Dany is a bitch! She's snarky, rudely sarcastic, a
This is one of those books I sometimes feel unequipped to read. I feel like, because I haven't suffered true loss, somehow I can't connect as deeply as I want to with books that deal with death and grief. And is it very terrible of me to say that I want to? Is it to relieve them, or to understand human nature? Does it come from fear of realizing that perhaps I am not as whole, or as ready for life, because I don't know how to handle sorrow?

This isn't really a book about cancer. It is no more tha
I've been really looking forward to reading All These Lives for a long time now and I was so excited when I finally got the chance sit down and dive into it. However, after just a few pages, I began to get a bit wary of it and started to fear I would have some issues with the protagonist, Dani. I just got this feeling that she would irritate me for the rest of the book. Thankfully though, I was wrong! I quickly warmed up to her and actually really began to appreciate her personality after just a ...more
Apr 05, 2012 hayden rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of IMAGINARY GIRLS who want a little more plot
Let me first just say that the reason I've been reading this for over a week isn't because of its insufferable boringness. It's actually because of my insufferable workload as a high-school sophomore. If it were, say, the weekend when I started this, my review would've came in frantics and complete hysterics, full of gushing and an insurmountable number of typos.

ALL THESE LIVES is much different than I thought it was going to be. The story and the premise remind me slightly of Imaginary Girls (a
Jun 05, 2012 Nafiza rated it it was amazing
Just to refresh your memory, I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green this year. It dealt with kids who had cancer and limited life spans. It wrung my heart out to dry and I alternated between swooning at the delectable prose and wailing at the emotions being evoked by the same delectable (but so tragic) prose. I thought I was done with this theme for the rest of the year. However, for some odd reason, I found myself requesting All These Lives from Net Galley. My brain was screaming ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Isamlq rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-galley

Don’t let the nine lives idea fool you, this is more of a sister-sister story, much like Imaginary Girls was with the major deduction of any paranormal element. I loved it though this is not necessarily what I feel for Dani, the MC.

I wanted to like her. And I did like her at first too. But she had very little qualms about who she was and what she did. She could be such a bully. She could be so mean. And I wanted to forgive her that fact. I was close to doing so several times in the book mai
Elizabeth Norris
May 15, 2012 Elizabeth Norris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my absolute all time favorites, a book I could read over and over and over again. Dani is an amazing character and I laughed and cried with her. And Jack Penner, oh my gosh, dorky Jack Penner, I love you.
Mar 20, 2014 Linna marked it as curious-about
The title made me think of reincarnation (meh), but this sounds even more interesting. :)
Apr 28, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Jan 12, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All These Lives took me by complete surprise. I would never have imagined that I would like such a snarky and sarcastic protagonist, or that I would empathize with her guilt over being very much alive when her sister is walking a fine line between life and death. I thought All These Lives was going to be about the struggles of living with someone who has cancer. What I got was so much more!

Dani is not an easy character to like as she's actually a bit of a bully. Her snark is always intended to h
May 31, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5/5

All These Lives is one of those stories that presents us with a quick snapshot of a character’s life—no drawing us in with a beginning, complicating matters in the middle, and then dropping our jaws at the end, instead we arrive in the middle, spend some time, and leave still very much in the middle of the characters' timelines. Typically with this type of read emotional attachment is a bit shallower, our time with the protagonists so limited it's hard to feel as though we truly get
May 22, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it

All These Lives was surprising, in a really good way. Cancer stories feel manipulative to me, but this one worked because it was much less about Jena's cancer and much more about Dani -- Jena's twin sister -- dealing with being the girl who is very much alive and very much not sick. Dani's not the easiest character to read because she's sarcastic and she's not exactly pleasant, but she's easy to sympathize with.

I appreciated how at times it wasn't crystal clear what Dani was thinking. She d
Sep 18, 2013 Rabiah rated it it was amazing
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All These Lives was an AMAZING contemporary. I read it earlier this, but I still remember it and I loved it. It was just so funny, so sweet and had such emotional depth (and was pretty sad), that it was one novel which was hard to forget.
I really love the concept of nine lives... and it's quite different to see it in a contemporary! You'd expect it to be in a paranormal (where it would quite literally be nine lives), but it's interest
Book Twirps
May 28, 2012 Book Twirps rated it really liked it
Wow! What a powerful book. I must admit that I was a little thrown by the “nine lives” reference in the summary. I guess maybe I expected a touch of paranormal, or maybe magical realism here, kind of like Nova Ren Suma’s “Imaginary Girls”. The covers are very similar, but that’s where the similarity ends.

Sixteen-year-old Dani is a bit jaded with life. Her fraternal twin, Jena, has cancer and she’s slowly wasting away right before Dani’s eyes. What Dani doesn’t understand is why she is always so
Apr 08, 2012 Krystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Dani has always been the lucky one. Her mother jokes that she and Dani have nine lives. What happens when her twin sister, Jena, contracts cancer and may not have nine lives. After all, she was never the lucky one.

Dani chooses to deal with her sister's cancer in an unusual way. She goes out of her way to try to lose her lives, hoping that one of them might go to Jena. She undergoes ridiculous trials and lands herself in trouble and in the hospital, but she does not seem to care. The reader will
Jun 05, 2012 Annette rated it really liked it
In a book market that seems to be inundated with books about cancer, All These Lives holds it own.

Dani and Jena are twins. Jena is battling cancer, and is very sick. Deni has always been told by her mother that she has nine lives. As a way of coping with Jena's desperate situation, Dani tries to give some of her lives to Jena. She believes that if she gives up some lives, someone in the universe (hopefully Jena) will grab on to one of them. So Dani puts herself in some dangerous situations.

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Jun 09, 2012 Majibookshelf Juhina & Farah rated it really liked it
All These Lives has a very emotional story wrapped up in a hard shell that is known as Dani. Dani's twin sister Jena has leukemia, and Dani doesn't know how to deal with it, so she avoids Jena. However, since Dani has been young, she has gotten into many near death experiences and escaped unscathed. Her mom kept on saying that she has 9 lives, nothing bad can happen to her Dani because she's apparently got lives to spare. Somehow Dani gets the idea that if she gets rid of some of these lives, at ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Juhina rated it really liked it
All These Lives has a very emotional story wrapped up in a hard shell that is known as Dani. Dani's twin sister Jena has leukemia, and Dani doesn't know how to deal with it, so she avoids Jena. However, since Dani has been young, she has gotten into many near death experiences and escaped unscathed. Her mom kept on saying that she has 9 lives, nothing bad can happen to her Dani because she's apparently got lives to spare. Somehow Dani gets the idea that if she gets rid of some of these lives, at ...more
Feb 27, 2015 Mesa rated it really liked it
All These Lives is a very interesting book. I really enjoyed it. Our main character, Dani, is a character that every woman will love. She’s sarcastic, funny, and a loving person (even though she tried to hide it). The author did an amazing job creating such a character.

Dani thinks she has nine lives, and her twin, Jena, is a cancer patient. So Dani thinks she can save her sister by giving her one of her lives. The journey Dani go through to save her sister is dangerous, yet she willed herself to
Nov 26, 2015 Luthien rated it liked it
Shelves: melodrama-llamas
Danielle Bailey's mother has always told her that she has nine lives. Now that her fraternal twin sister Jena has leukemia, the possibility that she has “extra” lives is all that Dani can think about. She begins going downhill emotionally, academically, and socially as she struggles to cope with Jena's illness and her inability to do anything about it. Desperate to help her sister and feeling guilty for her own perfect health, Dani puts herself in ever-more dangerous situations in hopes that ...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Jul 22, 2013 Melissa (i swim for oceans) rated it really liked it
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Dani's lucky. She seems to avoid death every chance she gets. Jena, her twin, however, is not so lucky. While Dani seems to thwart death's attempts to capture her, Jena's cancer is causing her to knock at death's door, and there is nothing that anybody can do about it. Or can they? Convinced that she has multiple lives and that she, alone, holds the key to her sister's survival, Dani sets about finding a way to give her sister her
Jun 18, 2012 Daisy rated it really liked it
All These Lives is a hard novel for me to review, because it deals with a subject I don't normally read about, but something that I encounter in my line of work: cancer. And it was unsettling for me, mainly because I usually avoid plots like this one. But, having said that, I must also say that I'm glad I decided to pick it up.

From the summary I'd thought this book would focus more on the nine-lives thing Dani think she's got going on. It does at times, but it's mostly a story about Dani and how
Kah Cherub
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Sixteen-year-old Dani has survived a couple of situations in which she was very close to dying during her younger years, and she also remembers her mother telling her, in a playful way, that she takes after herself. That she is the girl with nine lives. Now, she's older and has to see her fraternal twin, Jana, go through the most horrible treatments for cancer. She can't even help by donating her marrow, because, incredibly, they
Keren Hughes
Jun 19, 2012 Keren Hughes rated it really liked it
Originally posted on my blog:


ALL THESE LIVES is a hauntingly beautiful story. I was reminded of when I read My Sister's Keeper last year. It's definitely a book that you should keep a pack of tissues handy!

Dani is a fraternal twin. Her sister Jena has leukemia. The story is told from Dani's point of view and we see what it's like to live in a family where the sister is ill and the mother and father seem blind to anything that doesn't revolve around the si
Apr 07, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
This book really surprised me! I wasn't expecting much, and honestly, the cover is the main reason I read this book. (Underwater covers get me every time.) The idea sounded kind of strange to me, but I thought I'd give it a try anyways. And I'm glad I did - I really enjoyed All These Lives!

I still think the whole idea of the nine lives is kind of strange. I just don't get how you could think something like that, how that could seem like a reasonable way to help someone, and I can't imagine anyon
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Review originally posted here.

All These Lives in the latest in my Apocalypsies challenge. Wylie has a deft prose style with its own unique tempo. The writing is fairly simple, but in a natural way, not in a talking down to teens or the author doesn't know any better kind of way. The diction and syntax is so clearly Dani. This is the kind of story that has to be told in first person.

Dani is a serious ball-buster. Put simply, she's a bitch. She doesn't obey her parents, she delivers killer insults
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 5/23/12:

Dani's fraternal twin, Jena, has leukemia and the only thing that can save her is a bone marrow transplant. Twins should be able to save one another, but Dani is not a match for her sister. As the family waits and hopes that a donor will be found, Jena continues to battle her illness. Dani, on the other hand, is finding out that she isn't as strong as she once believed. She can't let her sister die. She has to think o
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Two things about this book drew me in, the synopsis of this book and how it describes Dani convincing herself she has nine lives, and also the issues about cancer. With things going on in my life at the moment I have found myself drawn towards any book that mentions this, in a weird type of way I think it may be a small way in which I am coping with things.

From the minute I began All These Lives I was drawn into it's pages. Dani and Jenna are twins but Jenna has leukaemia and Dani is not a match
Tyler Ashley
Jun 04, 2012 Tyler Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommend
I also posted this review on my blog, Gypsy Book Reviews. Comments are appreciated! <3

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Sometimes you read a book that hits you hard because it was the type of book you needed to read at the moment without realizing you needed a book like that to read. All These Lives by Sarah Wylie was that book for me; I was hooked right away and stayed up reading it until my eyes swam and watered. This is one boo
Patricia J. O'Brien
Jun 23, 2012 Patricia J. O'Brien rated it really liked it
If someone you loved was dying, what kind of deals would you make with God or the Universe or whatever might have the power to change things? What would you try if you believed you had nine lives and your twin had been granted only one and it was faltering? This is what drives Dani, the teen protagonist of ALL THESE LIVES.
I loved this book. That's the first thing I have to say. Second, I've followed Sarah Wylie's blog since before she had a book deal. What drew me there was her humor, fresh take
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“Most people think the biggest sacrifice, the greates act of love you can give is to die for someone. And probably it is. But Sometimes it is the opposite. The biggest thing you can do for someone is to live.” 32 likes
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