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Julie Ellis and Luke Muldenhower have always been school sweethearts. Now both are in high school and deeply in love. Luke, a talented football player, is almost certain to receive an athletic scholarship to a top college. And no matter what her parents say, wherever Luke goes, Julie intends to follow. When Luke can't shake what he thinks is a virus, Julie persuades him to ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Laurel Leaf (first published March 1st 1995)
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This book was given to me by relatives as a random stocking stuffer when I was a pre-teen. I never expected to like it, but as soon as I started reading, it became my favorite book, and remained my favorite book for years afterward. I read this book cover to cover at least 15 times as a teen (I'm actually underexaggerating), and never once made it to the end without bawling my eyes out. It's still sitting on my shelf, over a decade later, falling apart at the seams from all the use it got in my ...more
The author, Lurlene McDaniel, does an awesome job in her work. I wish I had more time to read her books. I love to read her writing. It is so vivid. I can actually put myself in the main characters place.

This book is an amazing love story. I love how the main character shows how devoted to her boyfriend. Yet, as many changes he faces she stills stands by his side even when he doesn’t want her love. Don’t Die, My Love takes you a journey of two young adults as there undivided attention to one an
Deanna Vader

“If it's possible to send a message from heaven, I'll get one to you.” -Luke


You want a book that rips out your heart and stomps all over it? You got it with this one!

This book is beautiful and the kind of love any woman wants from a man. Childhood friends and still deeply in love with one another. They reach high school and are still going strong, their love never dies. Then Juile finds out Luke has cancer and everything goes downhill. However her love for him never died in fact it gr
Don't Die My Love by Lurlene McDaniel is a beautiful love story that will pull at your heartstrings. I read it in one sitting and fell for the main characters right away. Luke and Julie's love for each other was truly genuine IMHO, and I was sad for Luke when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's. The events unfolded at a steady pace, but I was not prepared for the final outcome, or rather in denial I should say. As realistic as it was, I was still hoping against hope and eventually found myself reach ...more

*Whoa there, Nellie! Spoiler alert!*

But he does.
Don't Die my Love is the saddest love story i have ever read in my life. It talks about this guy who is a really good football player, but one day his girlfriend notices something wrong with him and suggest that he sees a doctor. He was afraid to go to the doctor because he's scared that if something was wrong with him that he won't be able to play football anymore, and football was basically his future. When he finally went to the doctors with the encouragement of his girlfriend, the doctor t ...more
Don’t Die, My Love is a book about growing up, love the same person you grew up hating, and have to go through knowing the person you love has only a short life to live. Julie Ellis is a young girl who is dating the perfect boy that every girl in the school would be lucky to date, but the only problem is that he doesn’t care much for her an only has his mind on making into the big times for football. Luke Mulden is her love, he has liked Julie since they were little but she was so mean to him. ...more
I am absolutely devasted. After reading this book, I think my heart literaly broke into little tiny pieces. I can't even get myself together or stop the tears from falling...
Luke and Julie's love story is heartbreakingly beautiful. It, once more, showed that true love can go through anything even deadly diseases. Every single word of this book touched my heart. Every single paragraph made me crave for more and the end, oh well, the end made me end up sobbing and sobbing for very long minutes.

This book really touched me. It is the first book that I have read to ever make me get a knot in my throat, eyes fill-up with tears and my heart feel the pain that the character Julie feels. I have never read such a touching book. The only other books that comes close to making me feel like this are books by Nicholas Sparks but this book really got to me and I reccommend it to everyone of all ages...
This was my first time reading an actual romance novel--I've read books with love stories at their core, obviously, but I've never read one of these sappy romances. Don't Die, My Love actually wasn't that painful to read, though. I got pretty bored when Julie and Luke are on vacation in California, but I liked the rest of the book pretty well. I was trying to figure out why books like this would be important for teen readers, and I actually think that some teens could learn some things from the ...more
Stephanie Nicole
The Book I choose for this month is “Telling Christina Goodbye” By Lurlene McDaniel. It was a very good book. It’s about a girl named Trisha she and her boyfriend Cody was a having a great Senior year, But she doesn’t like her best friends boyfriend. They want to go away to College but Tucker doesn’t want Christina to go to College, he wants her to stay home. So she is going to stay home and Trisha doesn’t like that Tucker controls Christina all the time. So one night When all four friends were ...more
Natasha Joseph
This book is soo Good! Well as you can see the two love birds on the front cover of the book is in love. Something that the boy didn't even thing it can happen makes him sick.:( how can that happen and he is healthy! hes a Football player for crying out loud! well when he ends up with the sickness he doesn't have much time left. Always going in aout of the Hopital. Knowing your girlfriend is finding you throwing up your guts. The kind of people that would love the book is people who love books t ...more
This was the novel that started my love affair with reading. I first read it when I was 11 and I still remember how I felt reading each page. I have 4 copies of it Since I have read this book at least 20 + times and I have the entire first chapter memorized word for word. I can't say there is anything particularly special about it I just adore lurlene and her talent of relating to teenagers in tough to extreme circumstances.everyone I've ever recommended this to has loved it
I refer to it as my '
Wow! I just loved this book. A sweet innocent and CLEAN romance between to young people.(think the Notebook, but G rated) You will not read without shedding some tears. The only negative thing would be the way the main characters relationship with and the way she speaks to her mother- But that is the only disagreeable part in the whole book. I loved the strength these young people showed in the book, especially Luke. I enjoyed that the author was very REAL with the book. Very sweet, emotional, a ...more
I'm warning you now, there are spoilers in this review.

I love the fact that Lurlene McDaniel writes books that deal with real life issues that people experience everyday. I applaud her for tackling that challenge and succeeding. I do enjoy some of her books. I love how at the end of the book, Julie sees the flowers that Luke planted for her on the football field knowing he had to have planted them months in advance or else they wouldn't have bloomed. That goes without saying that he knew he was
Kendall M
I gave this book four stars because it has a lot of emotion and details. I love the way it tolls with your emotions. This book makes you feel like you're right there with the characters. The author did a great job ending the story, she left you filled in with everything and she didn't leave you out in the end. Those are reasons why i love this book!!
Oh. My. Gosh. Seriously. I never cry. Never. All my friends call me heartles becuase of that reason. But I was literally crying a tthe end of this book. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry again. This is an amazing book and I think everyone should read it.
Feb 13, 2009 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fan of tear-jerker romance novel!
Recommended to Nancy by: Fiona <33
Shelves: 9th-grade
Don't Die, My Love
Lurlene McDaniel
250 pp. New York, NY.
Random House Children's Book. $5.50
ISBN: 0-553-56715-2

Everyone loves a good cry, and no one delivers heart wrenching stories better than Lurlene McDaniel. Don't Die, My Love by Lurlene McDaniel is a beautiful story of young heart breaking, tragic romance! This book was burning in past times when young love was the center of attention and still is! The story truly shows strong and passionate relationship between two teens and struggles on he
Brianne Durrant
Even though this book is fictional, I really felt a connection to the characters. "Don't Die, My Love" is about Luke's battle with Hodgkin's disease and the effect it has on his girlfriend Julie.

Luke’s world is revolved around football, and Julie, who he has been dating for three years. Julie cares a lot about him and would do anything, even move to the same college he plans on attending. When Luke gets Hodgkin's disease, he feels a lot of emotions; anger, sadness, guilt, and remorse. Although
Julie Ellis and Luke Muldenhower have always had a connection. Luke had a huge crush on Julie since the day he layed eyes on her in 5th grade. In 6th grade he asked her to marry him, but she laughed and told him to get lost. Why would she want a scrawny little boy with big brown eyes and blonde hair following her anyway?
But in 8th grade they started dating. And in high school they became deeply in love. Now its almost the end of senior year and Luke is a talented football player who is sure to g
MackenzieH EHS
In this book full of romance two teenagers, Julie Ellis and Luke Muldenhower, are completely in love. Julie noticing something wrong about Luke persuades him to see a doctor. The results are alarming and turn both their worlds upside down "Lukes face looked impassive, as if he were listening to the weather report. Julie wanted to scream,No! No! You've made a mistake!"(56).

As this disease could ruin their love Julie and Luke make the most of it. Julie being completely in love with Luke and Luke f
Cyndi Sheridan
Don’t Die, My Love was the first book I read by Lurlene McDaniel, and honestly I loved everything about it. The imagery was so realistic and the relationship between Julie and Luke melted my heart. It was a true love story and I loved how Lurlene portrayed the main character as someone who devotes herself no matter what the circumstance. Lurlene’s descriptions of the love they shared made me realize how much I wish I could have a relationship like that. Despite the end result, Julie stood by Luk ...more
Samantha W.
This book was really sad but it was amazing. I learned all things aren't meant to live forever. I gave this book five stars because it was seemed like this could actually happen to someone. Almost anyone. It's a very sad thing to happen to someone and it made me wonder why did it happen to Luke?? He did nothing to deserve it. At all. One thing that made me keep on reading it was the bond between Luke and Julie. I never knew something like how you felt towards someone could mean so much to a pers ...more
Don’t Die My Love is written by Lurlene McDaniel. This book deals with a teenage couple,Luke and Julie, who are dealing with the developing cancer that Luke has. I have read other Lurlene McDaniel books and they never fail to deliver on emotional ties to the protagonist. As a reader, I could empathize with the Julie character. How Julie feels, acts, and her intentions were clear to me throughout the book. It was effective of McDaniel to write the book in such a way that chronicled the whole proc ...more
This is undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read.
It's sad and dramatic but at the same time it is full of good feelings, emotions..
I can't understand how this book isn't more 'famous', because this is seriously very good, and it was published in 1995. The author didn't just reported all the story and all the things that were to happen, but she also put in the middle of that all a lot of surprises that never let us get tired of bored of it.
This is really touching, but If
I thought that Don't Die, My Love was a pretty good book. I really enjoyed reading it. At every chapter i began getting even more desprate to find out what would happen to luke, would he die? would he live. I do have to say It was a bit predictable in the situations that would happen between julie and luke. The book is a very chick flick kind of book. Thats not really my taste much, but i did still enjoy the book. I did feel that the story only concentrated on lukes case a little too much didnt ...more
J.m. Darhower
I read this book right after it first came out back in '95 (when I was young haha) and I've admittedly read it probably a dozen times since. It is undoubtedly one of my favorite books and always will be. I cry every time I read it even thought I know what happens in it. It's a story of love, and struggle, and growing up. It's about appreciating life and people. It's painful at some points, heart clenching agony, but at other moments it's endearing and beautiful and sweet. I'll always love and re ...more
Rebecca  Payton
This book was amazing! This book kept me interested the whole time, there was something new happening almost all the time. You always found out new things that were going on. I just enjoyed the whole book in general, there wasn't a part I didn't enjoy reading. I liked how Lurlene McDaniel added some heartbreak into this book and also how she created a lot of imagery in her writing. All the things she wrote in her book made it seem realistic. Her doing that kept me wanting to read more and more. ...more
Erica Ann
This book was a beautiful, short, and passionate love story. Me being a hopeless romantic myself (sometimes) I am instantly drawn to these books for a quick, easy, and enjoyable read. This book honestly made me cry, because of the way that Ms. McDaniel so realistically portrayed their romance. It wasn't cheesy, cliche, or over the top. It seemed like the romance two high school sweethearts could have. I love Ms. McDaniel's books, and I learn from all of them that true love, no matter how fleetin ...more
I've read this book countless times, and it never fails to make me cry. One mark of a good author is the ability to convey emotion through writing, which this definitely accomplishes. Everything that happens feels very real to me when I read it. Someone reading the description of this book may feel like it's a cliche love story, which it is in some senses, but there are several parts that really make it stand out from all the other (usually painfully sappy...Nicholas Sparks!) love stories out th ...more
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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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