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All These Lives

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  843 ratings  ·  127 reviews
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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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
Feb 17, 2012 Hayden rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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 frantical ...more

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
you know one of the suckiest situations i sometimes gotta go through? loving an author through their blog and dyiiiing to get your hands on their book and then when you finally do, finding it impossible to get through. here's what it's like:

i. couldn't. stand. the MC in this book. dunno what's up with this but i haven't yet read a snarky MC who's snark i did not detest. the first every MC i wrote (who also is my favorite, incidentally) is like, a snark bomb, but when i read about other snarky MC
Elizabeth Norris
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. :)
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
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
Majibookshelf Juhina & Farah
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
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.

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
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
Apr 08, 2012 Krystal rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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

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
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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
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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
Adelaine Pek
If you are looking for a book that is simultaneously sweet and heartbreaking; this is it.

The only reason I gave this book one less heart — the main character Danielle (Dani). I love snarky and sarcastic protagonists, I feel they are more memorable as compared to weak-willed female characters, but I could not like this particular one.

I get that she is hurting and suffering from survivor’s guilt — guilt over being very much alive when her twin sister is walking a fine line between life and death.
Jul 25, 2014 Jessie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of The Fault In Our Stars
Shelves: really-good
All These Lives by Sarah Wylie was a very thought-provoking book. It is about a girl, Danielle Bailey, who believes she has nine lives. There were two times in her childhood that she and her mother feel she should have died. First, the car accident, and second, the chest infection. Her fraternal twin sister, Jena has cancer, and Dani wishes that Jena was the one with nine lives and that she could give Jena one of hers. The book follows Dani through her school life, where she has a best friend, L ...more
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 Jen ...more
Leggings Are Never Pants
All These Lives by Sarah Wylie intrigued me from the beginning, but I did not expect to like it as much as I did. Ultimately, it ended up being a touching and at times even humorous read which I got through quickly. Danielle, or Dani, and Jena (don’t ever call her Jenavieve) are sixteen year old twins. Jena was always the more outgoing of the two, until she was diagnosed with leukemia. Now she is the one her parents dote on and spend all their time with.
Dani’s problem is not that she’s jealou
Loran Keyse
I picked up this book thinking it was going to be a more paranormal read but I was surprised when it ended up having absolutely no aspects like that at all. The summary was very misleading but I ended up finishing the book anyway. My first complaint is that Dani was an extremely whiny protagonist and throughout the book she only proceeded to grow more annoying. Nothing ever made her happy even something good happening to her. I also thought the small romance that began blossoming between Jack an ...more
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Rebecca Goldstein
"I would do anything for Jena. Most people think the biggest sacrifice, the greatest act of love you can give is to die for someone. And it probably is. But sometimes it is the opposite. The biggest thing you can do for someone is to live."

When a cat dies, its life is released into the world for another lucky cat to catch. But cats get second chances. And third chances. And fourth chances. Cats have nine lives, and Dani has a theory: she too has nine lives. She takes after her mother that way.
Dani grew up listening to her mother's tales of how Dani has nine lives. Unfortunately, her twin sister Jena, has only the one life and that life seems all too tenuous when Jena is diagnosed with Cancer. As Jena becomes more sick and Dani worries about her sister dying she comes up with the crazy idea that if Dani dies, or almost dies, her used up life will go to Jena and help make her better. And crazy as she knows that idea is, when Dani nearly dies or does something especially reckless, her s ...more
Courtney (Storybook Slayers)
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All These Lives I had a bit of controversy over with whether I liked it or not. The writing and the nine lives quirk the story revolved around I enjoyed, but Dani herself that left me wanting to put the book down and walk away.

Dani was a character that made me hate reading her story. She's a stuck-up, rude, sarcastic bitch that I really couldn't stand putting up with, but did anyway to read more into the "nine lives" portion of her stor
Paula  Phillips
Were you a fan of the TV show "The Nine Lives of Chloe King", or were you one of those people who read the book years before the TV show was released like me ?
All These Lives by Sarah Wylie reminded me of The Nine Lives of Chloe King as the main character Dani has been rumoured to have nine lives. We meet fraternal twins Dani and Jena , even though they are twins they couldn't be more different , it seems that Dani has nine lives whereas Jena only has one and her life is currently running out a
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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.” 30 likes
“My heart throbs and aches and, for once, it's not for myself. It's for all of us. It's for everyone who knows what it's like to be helpless, to have to watch on the sidelines, to be paralyzed, literally unable to do anything.” 13 likes
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