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4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  611 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
This is the bestselling story of Eric, a boy with leukemia who refused to give up living--as told by the person who was with him through it all, his mother.

Eric was seventeen when he heard the doctor's verdict about the disease that wanted his life. At first he and his family could not believe it. Eric was the picture of everything a youth should be--a champion athlete, a

Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 30th 2000 by Harper Perennial (first published 1974)
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Feb 18, 2010 Patrick rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life. It was the first book I read without being forced to , after High School, and gave me my first glorious taste of the power of the written word. It moved me to tears several times, and I immediately read everything I could get my hands on. Doris Lund was a mother of a son with cancer, who wrote the most moving, loving, true, story of her and her son, through his achingly haunting short life, with a grace and dignity I have rarely seen since in nonfiction. I felt I was a ...more
May 23, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of my all-time most memorable books. I first read this book when it came out in the 1970s, and in fact, read and reread it then (I was in middle school at that time). I think it had some impact on the naming of my first child.
I do still think about Eric Lund from time to time. His mother wrote this book so well, that her son is unforgettable.

(Later addition to my review): Little did I know when I wrote this review about a year ago, that 6 months ago, my own young-adult son would be diagnose
Nov 04, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powerful, moving, heartbreaking account of a mother's memoirs of a her son, Eric and his battle with leukemia. While she explains the treatments Eric receives and it's devasting effects on him, it is written in layman's terms and easily understood.
In recounting her experiences, and Eric's, I felt her helplessness and pain watching her child suffer; Eric's bravery and honesty was inspiring.
It's been over thirty yeas since I read this book and I still think of Eric, and Doris too.
This is an excell
Aug 18, 2011 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up over 20 years ago because the title was the same as my best friend's name. I had no idea when I picked it up that it would become a book I would read over and over again. It is both uplifting and heartbreaking. I have never tired of reading it and hope I never will. The courage of this young man and his family is one that moves me every time I read it. I try to pick it up again to read when I am reminded by events around me about how precious and fragile life is. Be sure to ...more
Mar 24, 2011 Renae is currently reading it
I first read this book when I was around 14 years old. It touched me so deeply then, and even today, at the age of 36, I have never forgotten it. Doris Lund tells the story from her heart, and you feel like you are a part of her family as she takes you through their struggles. You feel the pain of each family member and at times it's heartbreaking. Eric's story has taught me we should live life to the fullest. Eric certainly did that. He is an inspiration to people everywhere. I'm sure he's got ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Nanci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this book for the first time as a teenager (I'm now in my 50s), and have read it at least five times altogether. I had to ultimately laminate the covers of my paperback copy because it was so well-read. It is a loving portrait of courage, humor (my favorite scene is the I.V. scene), and resilience written by a mother, but also shows her own courage in standing by him and loving him through it all, as only a true mom can.

Although I had decided to be a nurse at age 4, long befo
Dec 19, 2014 Nmzachary rated it it was ok
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A heartrending account of a young man's battle with cancer, as told by his mother. I had to teach this book as part of a course I taught my first year. The class was about heroism, and I see why this book was chosen. While he was certainly no superhero, he battled a force that is so difficult to defeat in the world we live in that it has killed thousands upon thousands. I don't usually read biographies, especially ones that I know are going to rip out my heart, that kind of self-punishment is no ...more
Jim Barber
Jul 27, 2013 Jim Barber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most powerful books I've ever read. I first read it in the mid 1970s and have reread it several times through the years. Loved the way this young man lived his short life with gusto and all of the great support he had. The book begins with a quote from G.K. Chesterton that was on a blackboard in Eric's room during the last years of his life and that I have tried to remember for most of my life: "We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty."
Annie Edmonds
Mar 05, 2014 Annie Edmonds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
This book has stuck with me since I was a teenager. I remember how it touched my heart and I do believe it is the reason I love reading books. I realized that you could be taken away from your life even for just a little while. When Eric is diagnosed with Leukemia as a teenage boy he doesn't except that fact that it could kill him. He fights with the courage of a lion. This is a book I would give any teenage girl or boy to read. It always been one of my favorites..
Deborah Moscoso
Jul 01, 2014 Deborah Moscoso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know this is an old book, but I had not read it. I was overwhelmed with story; what this whole family had to suffer made my heart just ache.
Feb 04, 2014 Mardi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was approximately 13 years old and it was fascinating.
Jan 03, 2015 Nida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried...
Aug 01, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love this book. I have read it multiple times, and own multiple copies (to give to other people to read). The first was a copy given to me by my 6th grade teacher, who allowed us to take one book from his classroom library.

This is a powerful and terribly sad book. The first time I read it, I just remember liking Eric and his personality so much. When I read it later in life, it gained more meaning, as I read it again after losing a family friend to lung cancer. The details seemed so much more
The true story about a 17-year-old who finds out he has leukemia. Details the fight he went through in the next four years to overcome the disease and to become a man. Eric's last years are seen through the eyes of his mother, and explain in some detail the struggles he went through to live life to the fullest in the short time he had. Shows the way he was able to touch the lives of those he met. He continued to be an outstanding soccer player for U-Conn and to work toward his college degree.

Apr 26, 2013 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eric died from leukemia more than 4 decades ago. Cancer is still lethal, though some forms less so, including leukemia. Losing a child is still the absolute worst thing that could ever happen to a parent. But all I kept thinking about as i read this was this poor mother was at home in Connecticut while her very ill son was inpatient in NYC with only a single busy pay phone to connect them! No cell. No FB. No text. Thankfully all this is incomprehensible to me, on every level. Also, incomprehensi ...more
May 16, 2010 Ro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this in 4th grade, and I believe this is the very first book I ever read. It's at least the first book I remember reading. I haven't read it since, so I'm reviewing it through the eyes of an adult looking back to early childhood. It was such a sad sad read and I remember it affected me deeply as a child. And I knew it was a true story so that made it even more significant. I may read this again as an adult.
Teresa Dias
Feb 15, 2016 Teresa Dias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartbreaking, yet inspirational.
Jul 11, 2012 Fri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oh i so remember this book, read it many times as a kid, cried every time :)

Oh i just found it in my library - I am going to read this as an adult now, as a mother, and as someone who has battled chronic illness and faced death, wow, this is going to be weekend where I will need to snuggle up and just read!
Jo Evans
Mar 18, 2013 Jo Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-and-keep
I love this book, I first read it aged 12, and have bought several copies throughout the years. Whilst it is undoubtedly a sad story it is also incredibly uplifting at the same time which brings me back time and time again. Thank you Doris for sharing your and Eric's story with us.

Nadia Ruiz
Sep 28, 2013 Nadia Ruiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was 19, a friend lent it to me and it was so inspiring and I really felt the mother's pain, I felt like reading it again a few years ago and I reassured me how strong and revealing this woman's story is, it's definitely one of my favorite books
Diane Wachter
RDC-M V 1 1975, 11/75. A 17 year old leukemia patient who refused to give up living. Good.
Mar 09, 2012 Kdrapak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remember reading and crying in high school, sharing the book with others who also cried. We rarely let it go back to the school library but kept passing it around amongst outselves. One of those.....
Loretta Nixon
Mar 17, 2012 Loretta Nixon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely one of the most touching and memorable books I have ever read in my life. Originally read when I was a teenager, definitely need to revisit for its differing perspective.
Aug 03, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sad, but well written book. It still haunts me 30 years after I read it. I found a used copy and bought it and plan to read this again with adult eyes.
Mar 11, 2012 Jefferyjayhawk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read in high school. Believe that it may have damaged me a little. Non fiction book written by Eric's mothe Doris Lund about his battle with cancer.
Heather Kelton
Nov 15, 2012 Heather Kelton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! It is one of my favorites and I read my first copy so many times it wore out and I had to buy a new one! It is so inspiring.
Lee Yahnker
Oct 01, 2015 Lee Yahnker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sad story of a young man with leukemia. Sad story. Amazing how far medicine has come.
Jun 14, 2014 Hillary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this when I was 11 or 12 and I remember just LOVING it. That's all I got :)
Aug 03, 2013 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, non-fiction
a sad but honest look at a family's struggle and hope as their son battles leukemia.
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