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Why Did She Have to Die?

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What do you do with an older sister who is smart, pretty, popular, and perfect?

What do you do when you realize she's the best sister ever?

What do you do when you find out she's gone...and you didn't get to say goodbye?

Thirteen-year-old Elly Rowan asks herself those questions—and one more...

Why Did She Have to Die?

Paperback, 126 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Darby Creek Publishing (first published 1986)
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Oh, man.

I have been trying to remember the name of this book FOR YEARS. I couldn't even remember details before tonight. I think this wine is magic or something.

If I'd tried to describe this book for you before tonight, I'd have been all "Um...there's a girl, whose sister was a year older than her and the sister dies so the girl is all sad on the cover."


Then, tonight, I got for serious about remembering details, and I knew that the sister died in a car crash, that the girl in the book
Mar 12, 2008 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sandra by: myself
Shelves: touch-the-heart
I just started to read it this morning. It's a short book but it has a big power inside, and a true meaning in each sentence that I read.
It reminds me about my sister and how does she feel 'cause of me....
The death of the loved one is painful and seems like you won't be the same again. Probably you won't be the same 'cause this experience will make you strong enough so if it happens again your pain will be less...

Apr 15, 2011 Josiah rated it really liked it
Why Did She Have to Die? is one of those books that feels, while reading it, like a runaway ball of pure emotional energy that only picks up speed as it goes careening forward. Knowing very little about author Lurlene McDaniel before picking up this book, I had no way of knowing if she was a good enough writer to face the subject of a tragic death in the family with the skill that the topic deserves. Let me tell you this much, at least—she has everything it takes to write masterfully on the sub ...more
May 06, 2011 Dezirae rated it it was amazing
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Emily B
Jan 10, 2011 Emily B rated it liked it
I gave Why Did She Have to Die three stars because I thought it had a wonderful stories and great characters, but on the other hand was very predicting. I really am not into predictable books because I start to get bored and know what will happen on every page. Even though it was very predictable I thought it had meaning and lots of emotion! I can’t really relate to the main character, because I never lost someone very close. I felt horrible for Ellie because she was always the underdog with her ...more
Dalesha R
Jan 01, 2015 Dalesha R rated it it was amazing
I think it's a great read no matter how old you are. I understand where she's coming from because I lost my grandfather.
Sep 22, 2011 Brittany rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 5 Stars because I just really liked it and it had a lot of good descriptions. I liked it because it just had a lot of details and drama which is what i really like reading about. I choose 5 stars because it had everything together and not in separt spots. Also I liked it when Elly and Kathy went to school together because it reminds me when my sister walks to me from school well last year and we wouldn't ever get mad at each other after that because we would spend so much time t ...more
Brianna K
Dec 22, 2010 Brianna K rated it it was amazing
This book was areally good book. I would recommend this book to anyone, but mainly teenage girls. This book is about two sisters, Elly and Katie. Katie has it all, the looks, the athletic ability, and the friends, while Elly has none. This is a powerful book because when Katie dies in a car accident, while Elly lives, Elly doesn't know what to do. Why Did She Have to Die? is an uplifting and good story that a teenage girl OR boy would like!
Coryn N
Nov 17, 2010 Coryn N rated it it was amazing
This book was great! I gave it 5 stars. I didn’t expect that to happen to one of the main characters. Elly’s life changed, and so did her families. Elly feels horrible about what happen to Kathy because Elly could have kept her sister from making that bad decision. Kathy was so perfect, no one hated her. Now Elly’s asking her self why it had to be her. I recommend this book to anyone. Lurlene McDaniel’s books are great books!
Paige V
May 11, 2011 Paige V rated it really liked it
I read Why Did She Have to die by: Lurlene McDaniel. I gave this book 4 stars because I didn’t like the end. Other wise the book was really good. The book was about Elly and her sister Kathy. She loved Kathy but didn’t really like her because she always got everything and she was perfect! It wasn’t until they got into a very bad car accident and Kathy died that she realized how much she really did care about her.
Dec 08, 2010 Dasily rated it liked it
When Elly and her perfect sister Kathy are in a car accident together and Kathy dies while Elly lives, Elly begins to question her life and family feeling that her parents wished Kathy had lived instead of her. Elly struggles with the loss of her sister at the young age of thirteen and McDaniel is very excellent at showing characters going through the grieving process. Recommended for ages 11 and up.
Kimberly Polanco
Oct 21, 2007 Kimberly Polanco rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
This book is amazing. It was sad that her sister died in a car accident and how her life changed. She thought that there wasn't help but she found it and everything was normal. i reccomend this book to anyone who loves sad at the beginning and happy endings in the end.
Addie V
Oct 26, 2010 Addie V rated it it was amazing
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Apr 14, 2013 Shineaira rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I ever cried over. Hats off to Lurlene Mc Daniel. This is the first book where I could really relate to the main character. To me, this will always be an unforgettable read.
Sep 20, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
It was great. I felt like I was Ally, and I got a little tear eyed a few times thinking if that happened to me and my brother. short, simple, but a powerful story.
Julie Seamons
Aug 24, 2009 Julie Seamons rated it really liked it
A struggle of a little sister in losing big sister who everyone adored. How she copes with not saying good-bye and learning to find out who she is.
A. Malone
Oct 21, 2013 A. Malone rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all time favorite books it will have you in tears.
Nycia Deerfoot
Jan 07, 2013 Nycia Deerfoot rated it it was amazing
A really good book. One if my new favorite authors!
I read this when I was a kid.
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it is so amazing
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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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