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How Do I Love Thee

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Though written more than a century ago, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s beautiful sonnet rings true today for three young couples who believe in the power of love.

In “Night Vision,” Brett finds a way to brighten a special girl’s lonely existence. “Bobby’s Girl” features Dana, who must choose between two brothers, both of whom she loves. “Laura’s Heart,” the third story, intro
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 24th 2002 by Laurel Leaf (first published October 9th 2001)
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Mar 17, 2009 Maggie rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-romance
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Jan 15, 2009 TheSaint rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Lurlene McDaniel's new book, How Do I Love Thee, takes its title from the famous sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Each of the three novellas that make up the book, takes its theme from the final line of that sonnet: "I shall but love thee better after death." By the time you finish the final story, you will know what it is like to completely give your heart to someone.
The girls love anything written by author McDaniel. I finally had to read one to see what all the fuss was about.
Shaynice Dorcena
Mar 04, 2010 Shaynice Dorcena rated it it was amazing
I'd have to say this book was my favorite besides "please don't die" the last story was the best because of the way it ended. That story is kinda like Romeo and juliet meets lifetime. If you like a good cry check this one out :o)
Jun 22, 2017 Samantha rated it it was amazing
All time favorite.
Katelyn Bach
This Lurlene McDaniel’s series consist of three books. The three books are Night Vision, Bobby’s Girl and Laura’s Heart. These three books are related in a many ways. These ways include the main characters having metical conditions that play a main role in story’s plot. These books are all very short but if you’re into the romantic novels with a twist these books are recommended for you.
The writing style of this series of books is easy to read and comprehend. These books are fast reading books b
Jun 22, 2016 Sara rated it it was ok
I liked Brett and Shayla's story the most, I think. At first I thought Brett was just whiny and his mother was a stereotypical finger-wagging Stern Parent, but I was glad the "how dare you sneak around" busines was resolved quickly when Brett explained about Shayla. And I was happy Shayla was so easily accepted by Dooley and the gang, which made her death even sadder. She was happy, she felt like she was tragic, but it was handled really well.

"Bobby's Girl" wasn't terrible but Mr.
Sep 17, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This was a reread for me; I had read so many Lurlene McDaniel's books when I was younger, and when I saw this for only $1.00 at my local book store, I couldn't pass it up! I loved all of her work and couldn't read it fast enough! There's something about her stories that just draws you in and won't let go.

This novel is comprised of three short stories: Night Vision, Bobby's Girl and Laura's Heart. Each is unique, but all the the theme of finding love and terminal illnesses. Night Vision is a sho
Mar 05, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
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How Do I Love Thee contains three stories about teens dealing with love and illness. The first story is about a boy who falls in love with a girl whose medical issues isolate her from the rest of the world. The second story is about a girl who is torn between her love of two brothers. The third story is about a chronically ill girls who falls in love with an ex-gang member who works at the hospital. I can see how McDaniel's novels would appeal to teens and young adults. The characters struggle w ...more
Jenna Cantino
Nov 07, 2011 Jenna Cantino rated it liked it
I enjoyed these novellas by Mcdaniel. The first one started off a little spooky but definitely got better. I enjoy the sweet and simple relationship the characters had and was definitely surprised by the ending!
The second story was probably my favorite. It was somewhat dramatic with the main character having to choose between two brothers, one who was terminally ill. I'm happy with the choice that the main character made and was completely satisfied with the ending, which does not happen often.
Darius Christian
Feb 04, 2015 Darius Christian rated it it was amazing
Three stories of girls falling in love and with illnesses all put into one novel. The first story calling "Night Vision" starts out with a girl with an extremely rare skin disorder called Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) for short. She was caught dancing in the moon lit sky by a boy watching her. Without protection from the sun, their skin starts to burn. "Laura's Heart" is about a girl with a bad heart. In and out of the hospital, Ramon watches Laura and slowly falls in love with her. When something ...more
Sep 19, 2015 Wysteria rated it liked it
Oh nostalgia. I remember when these books were super popular in middle school. We all read Lurlene McDaniel and Paul Zindel and Sweet Valley High and we were jealous that our lives would never be filled with drama and sadness and tragedy, much in the way that only 11 year olds can long for a life they will never have. And probably shouldn't even be jealous of. Cancer, brain tumors, car accidents, these are the things we were reading about and pining over. What melodramatic preteens we were. I lo ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Destiny rated it it was amazing
This book is very interesting, It stunned me and caught me off guards at certain scene that were very unexpected to me. This book I could say, I really did enjoy reading it, I loved it. Three stories in one book, the author I feel like she wrote this book to show us, as readers and believers that love never dies, it will always be there, even if we loose someone we really love, the person maybe be gone but not it spirit and soul, spiritually and physically they are there with us, always by our s ...more
Isabelle Medina
May 18, 2016 Isabelle Medina rated it it was amazing
The book "How Do I Love Thee" by Lurlene Mcdaniel tells the story about a young teenage boy named Brett Noland he had been moved from far away where he was from , he had a really hard time fitting in with the other people until the most shocking thing happened. He had seen a beautiful girl dancing in the moonlight. He never saw her around because she has a case of XP which means that you are allergic to the sun so she's a moon child. One day she went onto the deck on her boat because that day sh ...more
Jul 01, 2009 Drea rated it it was amazing
Lurlene McDaniel,
Thank you for making such and amazing story about a girl who can't go outside,i never thought that i will ever read a book who talk's about,Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP),when i starded reading the book i was realiazing something,i was like OMG,Shaila has the samething as me,she has XP.And your right they do call us Chidren of the moon;)
I read your book when i was 12 years old,and now that im 18 i still have the same feeling i did back then when i read your book.
Thank you for making
Jan 10, 2013 7amina added it
In this book, Brett, the main character moves to a new state, a completely different state. He has to make new friends, and fit in in school, which is hard because Brett had leukemia. He finds a girl dancing in the moonlight in the woods, and watches her, he finds out her nickname is 'ghost girl' he goes to her house one day and they get to know each other, turns out, the girl is allergic to the sun, she has a rare disease. They fall in love, but one day she was stranded out in the sun and got 3 ...more
Jun 30, 2009 Veronica rated it really liked it
I actually reread this not remembering that I read it before. Halfway through the book, I remembered what happened, which kind of ruined it. I liked all three of the short stories, especially the last two. "Bobby's Girl" was definitely my favorite. They were all different despite the fact that they were all inspired by the same poem. My only complaint was that because the stories were so short, there wasn't a lot of time for character development, so some of the stories seemed to go by too quick ...more
Jul 20, 2008 Brandy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good cry
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Aug 14, 2012 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
I read this book whenever I need a good cry. Make sure you have a box of tissues with you. This book has 3 stories in it. I only read the first 2. The 3rd book I never got into, it didn't affect me like the first 2. It's a teen romance. How Do I Love Thee talks about teens with different forms of cancer and other rare diseases. The emotion in Lurlene McDaniels books make me keep coming back for more :) She writes about real things that happen, and it makes you look at it in a different but bette ...more
Jan 25, 2011 Arielle rated it liked it
This book is so bad it almost becomes good again.
Lurlene outdoes herself in the melodrama department. It's not enough that these kids are sick. There has to be a super-awkward love triangle, or someone getting trapped with no escape or a romance so impossible the only way for it to continue is... well, you'll see it coming from a mile away, but I won't ruin the surprise. Point is, the tales veer into campy and if you just go with that -- instead of taking them seriously -- you can't help but enj
Sep 16, 2008 Michelle rated it it was ok
I didn't read all of the short stories in here, but I did read "Night Vision", and possibly another. It is quite sad, I must admit. All of Lurlene Mcdanial's books are about young people who have serious sicknesses, or are in dangerous situations. Her son had some sort of illness, and her was inspired to write Christian books for teens that weren't just "happily ever after", but rather dealt with real problems and encouraged teens who might be going through something difficult themselves.
Andrea Moore
Sep 15, 2012 Andrea Moore rated it it was amazing

Such wonderful and touching romantic stories that are inspired by the poem "How Do I Love Thee" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The poem is my favorite.
I had read these stories several times as a young teen and had remembered loving them so I wanted to read them again now that I'm older. All 3 of the novellas in this collection are equally as wonderful although I think I enjoyed "Bobby's Girl" the most
Nov 14, 2011 Taleyah rated it it was amazing
I read this book several years ago, one of the books that got me searching for those sappy love stories.
It was so sweet, and yet it was a harsh reality, of what love can do to us, and what the universe has planned for us.
I can't remember all the story line, just that the third story made me cry, a lot harder than the other ones.
A truly moving book. :)
wow. sapppppppy. but a book that you read in the middle of the night when you're PMSing and crying your eyes out. it's a very typical "OMB! the guy I've loved since kindergarden is in the hospital with terminal cancer! Goodness! should I tell him?" chick flick.

and Joshua, as much as I love you, it's a 120% girl book. so don't even try to read it.
Sep 26, 2011 Sam rated it really liked it
Number of short stories: 3
Number of time I cried: 3

This book was great. It was sad and touching, and I actually, truly cared about the characters. I have read (and loved) Lurlene McDaniel's books for a few years now, and well, if you haven't read her books: READ THEM. Well, only if you're in a mood to cry...
Jan 10, 2008 Thea rated it really liked it
Loving someone and be loved by that someone gives you the feeling that the world revolves just around you.

But when we lose that someone, we feel that we have nothing/no one else left to love us. Wrong.

Our loved ones left because they know that something better will happen to us...Even without them.
Kassie Lee
Aug 22, 2015 Kassie Lee rated it liked it
It was alright. I've read many of her other books & enjoyed them more. This books stories were very predictable, but yet I knew what was going to happen but I couldn't seem to put the book down. I think of the stories were a bit longer I may have liked it more.
Dec 13, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-books-d
I love this book so much~!! I love romance stories, and this is now one of my favorites~!! It was so adorable and so sad too~! I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read cute, kinda corny love stories :D
Jun 18, 2008 Christina rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Girls who love sweet short stories
Recommended to Christina by: Excellently from.. half-price bookstore! =)
Absolutely Amazing. Grab a box of tissues and sit down for a 2 hr read of love,,, and ultimate sacrifice.
"There hasth no greater love than this; that one may lay down one's life for his (her) friends"
wonderfully written; Lurlene McDaniel writes another great read- *enjoy
Nov 29, 2014 Whitney rated it really liked it
So, I read this the summer of my eight grade year in highschool and I am currently re-reading it now. The book is emotional. The writing could be better in some places but it does not prevent it from pulling the heart strings.
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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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