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Till Death Do Us Part (April Lancaster #1)

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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. Aprilsays yes whe
Paperback, 214 pages
Published June 9th 1997 by Laurel Leaf (first published June 1st 1997)
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I read Till Death Do Us Part as well as the sequel to book called For Better Or For Worse. With my name being April, this book definitly caught my attention. I am a great fan of Lurlene McDaniel books, and every single book i have read of hers i have been satisfied with. I loved reading Till Death Do Us Part. I felt like i related to this book alot. My dad had cancer, and i can sort of relate to how he felt. This book was based about 18 year old Apri
Romance/Fatal Illness

So, for those who love cheesy romance novels, McDaniel has produced yet another, perfect cardboard cutout. There's not really much else to say. We meet both of our protagonists, who are dying of terminal illness, but of course they are meant for each other, and insist on marrying despite the odds. What a pity that - with a terminal illness - they are doomed to die. It's a quick read, but you will have to stomach nasty stereotypes, bad prose, and sickening sentimentality. But
This book is so good. It's a romantic,and sad book but it's really good. My favorite part about it is when Mark first saw April he fell in love with her. And stopped by her hospital room and introduced himself. He told her that they should get to know each other, sense she was the girl that he intend to marry. This author is so amazing at writing these books. There so good and I in joy reading them. I'm ready to read another book of hers. But I don't know witch one yet there's so many to pick fr ...more
Darius Christian
18-year-old April Lancaster, the child of Janice and Hugh Lancaster, enters the hospital for testing as she has been suffering from headaches, blackouts, and eventually passed out in English class. Her boyfriend Chris gets distant when her worst fears were confirmed.. Her brain tumor has came back from when she was a child. During this time, April becomes close with Mark Gianni, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, and has been in and out of the hospital since he was born. Mark is very interested i ...more
This Romance novel by Lurlene McDaniel is about two people with physical and mental challenges meeting and falling in love. April Lancaster is 18 years old when she is admitted into the hospital for a growing brain tumor. There she meets Mark Gianni who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Mark likes April but April's boyfriend is still in the picture. April's boyfriend dumps her though when she gets diagnosed and so she and Mark can pursue a relationship. The two get engaged, even though their parents ...more
Kelsie Meiser
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James Gordon
April has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Mark has been suffering from cystic fibrosis since he was born. While they don’t have much in common, they help each other suffer through their pains and sicknesses and find happiness living for love. When the two decide to get married with no support from either family, they learn how hard it is to fight against everything keeping them apart. Mark’s love for racing cars has always been a debate in his home. His mother is against it because of the poo ...more
Kim Carlson
I think this was a very heartbreaking true love story. Throughout this whole book Lurlene helps portray the part of how not to judge someone by whats on the outside but rather by what's on the inside. In this book a young girl learns that she has cancer for the second time and while she is at the hospital getting tests she meets a young man who has CF. Upon meeting each other, he tells her that he will marry her some day. As April keeps receiving bad news, she turns toward him for comfort. They ...more
This book was about a girl named April and she was 18. Because of her health problems, her future is uncertain. She has brain tumor and could not be operated on. She meet Mark who loves car racing and they both fell in love with each other. Mark proposed to her and she said yes. However, Mark got into an accident and his cystic fibrosis worsened. April is struggling to make a decision.
I think that this book is inspiring and really relates to readers because people would face different challenge
Sandy Yang
Death is a very serious matter, and so is love. Will you still let yourself love someone is you knew that they'd be gone very soon? April Lancaster can. This book reminds me of Romeo and Juliet, where they can love each other to DEATH.
April Lancaster had everything. Her parents handled her with care, her friends adored her, and life carefree. But it changed after she met Mark Gianni. They met in the hospital, and Mark is awaiting death. The young man fell for April, and after many conversation
Telana Poe
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Jessica Evans
I love this book! I went to a small school and we didn't have many good books but I seen this so checked it out. I was so addicted to this book my mom had to take it away so I would sleep. Ever since then I've almost read all of Lurlene McDaniel's books.
Hannah Dierker
I normally don't like love stories but I started this one and couldn't put it down. As so as I had read it cover to cover I have to run to the store to buy the next one. I love it I could read it over and over.
Cady Hollowell
This book was so touching. I kind of wish I knew more about what happens with April and her condition, but there is a very powerful lesson in this book. Love is a very powerful thing, and I loved reading about these characters stories.
Mikaela R
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Lurlene McDaniel is famous for her young adult novels about death, sickness and coming to terms with them. In this book, April has a recurrance of her child hood brain tumor, leading her to meet a young man with cystic fibrosis. After being dumped by her boyfriend, she begins hanging out with him and they eventually fall in love due to their shared health problems. As a teen, I found Lurlene's books very an adult, I found April to be very naive and somewhat bratty and unrealistic ...more
It was good, but I felt that the story was way too rushed. There was a lot of telling instead of showing. Definitely not my favorite Lurlene McDaniel book.
Kristine Shahverdyan
The book "Till Death do Us Apart" is about a girl named April Lancaster how was a brain tumor. She got a fortune cooke that read "be prepared". Because of her tumor she htought she would never be the same. One day she meet this handsome man named Mark, which has cystic fibrosis. Mark, helps her deal with her illness and they seem to fall in love. However, everyone is against them being together. Even when he proposes to her they are still against the marriage. Howvere, kinda of like Romeo and J ...more
Olivia Parsons
Occasionally the writing in this book got a bit annoying, but I could look past that a bit just because of how much I adored the plot. This was one heart breaking novel, and it only gets more depressing when you read the sequel. I absolutely loved Mark. He was so cute and dorky, and I found the way the two of them met to be unbelievably cute. The book was maybe a little too absorbed in the romance factor, but was a bit evened out with April's worsening sickness and Mark's cystic fibrosis. Overal ...more
Kianna Fisher
This is super good book, if you're into sad love books! You need to read this!
Oh My God I cried! I love Lurlene McDaniel, she is such a good author. This book was funny and sad and it was very straight forward. I can't wait to finish this series!!!
Nov 14, 2007 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who is interested in medicine and loves romance novels
This story breaks my heart everytime I read it. I started reading Lurlene McDaniel in middle school and fell in love with her stories and characters. I realized that the characters, such as April Lancaster, were people that I really couldn't connect with in a good way. April has a brain tumor and falls in love with a Cystic Fibrosis man named Mark. There's no way that I could identify with either of the characters and how much fear or pain they went through but McDaniel makes every character eng ...more
Heidi Stone
It was ok... I thought that it was just a little bit sappy and predicatable, but I am not a huge sappy romance book reader. I thought that McDanile created interesting and vibrant characters that were engaging. As a story line? Didn't like it so much. I found that it was a very predictable plot that I could have guess five pages in. I don't really like those books, I like to be kept guessing (same thing with movies). I thought that the end was touching where she showed up in her wedding dress, b ...more
Vanessa Hinojosa
One of my favorites
Melissa P
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Whitney Henkel
This book is definitely worth reading. It is a romantic young adult novel that takes the reader through the normal trials of teenage romance. True to her style, author Lurlene McDaniel adds in a tale of woe that leaves readers sobbing by the end of the book. It is this aspect that gives depth to the story and succeeds in readers begging for more. This book is a must read! As a future English teacher, I would suggest this book for students age twelve to fifteen.
As always Lurlene weaves a beautiful tale of tragic young love. Prepare to cry as yet another young person is diagnosed with a horrible disease and must struggle to over come. But April not only must overcome her own illness, but that of the boy she loves.
I cry every time I read one of her books. They are short reads but full of feeling. Emotional roller coasters all the way.
a new spin on the star-crossed romance: she is an uptown WASP with an inoperable brain tumor. he is an Italian from the mean streets who has cystic fibrosis. together they have luv and wedding bell blues.

nothing to recommend, not much to hate on. i did cry some for what that's worth.
to me, this book was unique compared to most of Lurlene mcdaniel's other books. This book focused more on the oppinons of the parents than of the two characters in love. As usual though, true love prevails. I think this book is fascinating, intriging and extremely eye-opening.
One of the better Lurlenes I've read -- love that you don't know 'til whose death until the end (it's vaguely unpredictable!) and that there's the hint of real characterization and emotion, even if it's still mondo thin. If only I owned the sequel!
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Lurlene McDaniel (born c. 1948) is an author who has written over 50 young adult books. She is well known for writing about characters struggling with chronic and terminal illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and organ failure.

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