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If I Should Die Before I Wake

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  752 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Deanne loves working as a VolunTeen at a hospital, where she meets a new friend who has cancer.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Pages Publishing Group (first published January 1st 1985)
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Ellie  Dynek
Nov 29, 2016 Ellie Dynek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I was blown away by this book! Not sure what to do with herself, Deanne decides to volunteer at a children's hospital over the summer, and finds her calling working with the oncology ward and its patients. Alongside her volunteer friends and patient friends, Deanne discovers herself in a whole new light and even goes on to fall in love with a remarkable young man; I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels a little lost in their own lives and is looking for a new direction to take.
Now I know I said that I wouldn't be reading anymore books by this author but I couldn't help it. When I read it a few days ago I really needed a short book to pass the time. At 124 pages this book certainly fit the bill.

As much as I like Lurlene's earlier works this one fell very short for me. Actually I would even venture to say that this is my least favourite book of hers that I've ever read and I've read somewhere in the neighbourhood of 20+ of her works. I just couldn't connect to the char
Becky Tucker
Dec 08, 2010 Becky Tucker rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 17, 2011 Ofa Fotu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a very easy read. It had alot of sentimentality...and romanticism. Honestly, I thought it was a bit heavy handed, but I think that it would be a good read for younger readers. Maybe 7th graders. The main character is a nearly 15 year old girl. It has themes of personal growth, personal improvement, service, fear, determination... It was really sweet at the end. it took me an hour to read, so it isn't very long. It...could be a book you assign your 10 or 11 year old kid to read in his/he ...more
Emily Haggard
i liked this book!it is about this girl who helps at a hospital that her dad works at during the summer.she is a volunTeen.she ends up meeting this 16 year old boy that has cancer and she becomes attached to him and is his friend.her dad told her to not get attached to the patients because something could happen to them.they do a movie called Hairless.something happens to her friend who's name is makes her sad and she doesn't want to go to the hospital after this sudden tragedy.she ends ...more
Jun 14, 2010 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is the kind of extremely emotional story I avoid. It's a good story and very tragic and uplifting, but I've never done well with tear-jerkers. The story is of a girl who starts to work with terminally ill kids at the hospital. When she meets a boy with cancer who is around her age, well, you know how the stories go. She falls in love.
It's very much from the perspective of a teenager. There are moments that make me think of a soap opera and others that make me think of a chick flick. E
Nov 17, 2010 Dakota rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I Should Die Before I Work is quick read but is also a very emotional read. This good is about a girl who does not like what her mother is trying to make her. So she decides to volunteer at her father’s hospital. Her father is the Chief of Medicine at the children’s hospital. She does very well so she is sent to the cancer patient floor and soon befriends a boy named Matt who is sixteen years old. This book is very emotional and it did bring tears to my eye near the end. But I really did like ...more
Anna Borgholthaus
No, no... no good. I mean, it was enjoyable enough to read but just poor writing. I don't like how all of Lurlene McDaniel's books seem to emotionally manipulate readers. Instead of writing well, she disguises her lack of imagination with tragedy. Perhaps that's a bit harsh, and perhaps there's a place for these kinds of books in the world. I mean, plenty of people like them. It's just not my cup of tea... the young girl who's disillusioned with her country club life and falls in love with a you ...more
May 02, 2016 Lara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book (in about an hour) for the first time since the sixth grade, when it was one of my absolute favorites. Nostalgia is probably the only reason it's getting three stars, although to be fair, the book is destined to readers far younger than I am now. And let's be real, there will always be a special place in my heart for Lurlene McDaniel books.
Feb 28, 2008 Cami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to read all these books about dying. I remember begging mom to bring me home the next book from the library. So sad. They all have love stories in them and so that must be why I loved them so much, but there's always someone with a terminal illness and as I recall, they don't end happy. I was a morbid 10-year-old.
Erin Brawner
This book is about Deanne a rich girl that would rather spend her days volunteering at the hospital in the children's cancer wing. There is love and lose. Students could relate to this book is they or someone they know have cancer.
Cristy Bruso
Dec 16, 2009 Cristy Bruso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. My daughter started reading Lurlene McDaniel's books. She loved them so much that she made me read one. She writes for teens but adults will also enjoy reading her books. I have to be careful where i read her books because they alway make me cry!
Apr 28, 2008 Phong042008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in the beginning of this year. This book is kind of sad. There are many people are unlucky. It makes me feel I’m still a lucky person. I like this book, because there is a really love story. i learned many things from this book to deal with my life.
Oct 08, 2007 Katiescarlett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I loved this book. I actually starred in a College Theatre Rendition of the book. I think every adolescent could learn a great deal from the book.
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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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