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Needles: A Memoir Of Growing Up With Diabetes

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  186 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
"I know about needles."

All her life, Andie Dominick adored her older sister, Denise. She wanted to look like her, talk like her, be her. Unfortunately, she got part of her wish when, at age nine, she was diagnosed with the same disease from which Denise had suffered since age two: juvenile diabetes. In th
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 14th 2000 by Touchstone (first published 1998)
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Petra Eggs
This book is exactly what it says it is which is a memoir of growing up with diabetes and is not a memoir in general of Andie Dominick's sister's life, but only where diabetes has touched it. This could have made for a very depressing and disjointed book but the writing is so spot-on - detail where you want it, brevity where an episode is necessarily included but is not interesting in itself.

It's educational too. I had thought that type 1 diabetes was a matter of insulin injections and balancing
Leigh Ann
Sep 06, 2008 Leigh Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: narratives
Dominick is honest and brave for telling this story. She validated many experiences of growing up with type I Diabetes (among other youthful issues!). Bravo!!
In my book my main character had her eye vessels pop, she went to the doctor to help stop that from happening they performed laser surgery. With the eyes vessels popping it could lead to her going blind.
At first I thought t hat if she continued to go to the doctor, it would stop and go away like a cold. But then after reading up on diabetes I learned that most of the time it does not go away even with going to the doctor u still lose your vision but with the laser surgery it helps slow down tha
Mar 21, 2011 Ann rated it it was amazing
This biography was awesome. Having a daughter with juvenile diabetes, we can relate to the day to day struggles of control and the fear of the unknown future. Many people don't know the difference between type 1 (usually juvenile diabetes) and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetics didn't get diabetes because of their diet, or the causes of type 2 diabetics. This is a recommend read not only for all teens but adults as well.
Tess Anderson
The book needles really makes me think about how good my life is. Andie, the main character and her sister, Denise, grow up with diabetes and have life changing problems all the time. This book is filled with romance, action, and it's historical, plus it all fits into one book! Needles is definitely a good to read if you like hook hangers at the end. I recommend this book to everybody who loves a touching novel every once in a while.
Becky Mason
Mar 25, 2008 Becky Mason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diabetics
Recommended to Becky by: my brother
I didn't rate this one as high, although it's on my favorite books of all time list - i think the magic in this book for me might not be something everyone else could share - unless you too are a type 1. but for those of us who are, it really is magical to have years of misery and pain spelled out so perfectly and simply. it's not a depressing read, just hits close to home.
Kennedy Reas
May 07, 2017 Kennedy Reas rated it it was amazing
The book Needles By Andy Dominique was A very unique and exquisite book to me. I enjoyed this book because I was walking in the eyes of somebody that I have never met The type of person I would never be. Yet yet this story yet this story really touched me. It was not and encouraging uplifting story at all it was very depressing and dark but it showed me that the world other than people being shot people dying of cancer War it showed me that there was other kinds of darkness in the world other th ...more
May 20, 2017 Gannon rated it liked it
Shelves: wjhs, nonfiction, disease
I did not personally like the book. Parts of it just made me uneasy. People died and the main character was talking about her suicidal thoughts, drug use, and other things. My least favorite part was when the main character's sister died on the couch. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes deep and weird books.
Zak Colvin
Feb 28, 2016 Zak Colvin rated it really liked it
Needles, by Andie Dominick is a memoir. This book follows Andie through her childhood growing up with diabetes. The thing that sets this book apart from others is the story that she has to tell about her encounter with diabetes and drugs.
Andie has grown up adoring her older sister Denise. She adored her so much she wanted to be like her. The unfortunate part is that she got her wish at age nine when she got diagnosed with a disease Denise had since age two. She was diagnosed with diabetes. This
Mastura Ibnat
Sep 25, 2013 Mastura Ibnat rated it really liked it
Needles by Andie Dominick is a memoir of the author's personal life and her struggle to live with diabetes. Andie had always looked up to her older sister and hoped to be like her. Well, her wish came true, but she got one trait she wasn't exactly hoping for: juvenile diabetes. At age nine, Andie must face the one factor that affects her friendships, school work and the way she lives. Throughout the whole book, Andie describes her relationships and how diabetes sometimes does affect what might o ...more
Kylee R
Oct 10, 2013 Kylee R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the book Needles by Andie Dominick. When Andie was growing up, her sister Denise had diabetes. She played doctor with her stuffed animals and dolls using the needles her sister used to her give herself a shot everyday. Andie never thought that the needles would belong to her one day, she never thought she would have to give herself shots everyday for the rest of her life. Growing up with diabetes wasn’t easy. Andie couldn’t eat a lot of sweets, sometimes she had insulin reactions ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: medical
Dominick draws us into her life and complex relationship with her sister, explaining what it is like to live with type 1 diabetes, both as a sibling to someone with it, and then later as someone experiencing it herself.

I felt that she was eloquent enough to help the reader understand both the disease itself and more importantly her subjective experience of it. But she also made it clear that if you do not have it, there is no way to truly understand. Some authors might say this in a way that is
Rachel Thornley
Oct 14, 2016 Rachel Thornley rated it it was amazing
Needles is a memoir by Andie Dominick. It was such an interesting book because you learn about diabetes just as Andie does. Andie starts as a child in the book so you grow up with her and see how differently others treat people as young children with the disease to adults with it. It goes through Andie's life with her sister and her relationship with her parents and husband, Doug. She ends up having serious eye problems so it is all about the struggle being a diabetic can be and some of the wors ...more
Aug 11, 2009 Lora rated it it was ok
As a T1 myself, I was eager to read this memoir because the ADA, JDRF and every medical provider I've ever dealt with has made it sound like control is such a simple thing that every responsible diabetic finds a way to achieve. So I appreciated the author's forthrightness and the validation it gave me. At the same time, her experiences were so harrowing that this book hasn't exactly helped me in regard to my own relationship with the disease. I'd call it a cautionary tale, but not one that inspi ...more
Anna M
May 28, 2011 Anna M rated it liked it
Spare, frank, memoir about the author's experiences growing up with diabetes. The stars are for a couple of excellent insights--there's a passage about how doctors assume diabetics must not be afraid of needles, even though they're fear-inducing even for folks who use them every day, that's stayed with me for a long time.

It's only three stars, though, because Dominick's life isn't that exceptional outside her diabetes. The few aforementioned flashes of insight could each be contained in a long
Sep 15, 2015 Malak rated it liked it
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Cathy Klingler
Aug 23, 2011 Cathy Klingler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What at informative, educational book. It helps the reader see what it would be like to be a teenager when it was discovered you had diabetes. It's a realistic portrayal of her emotions, relationships, and her medical condition. Great read!
Shelfari Moved
nice record for memories...but it was getting pretty constant and dull in the end....i know tht you dont have twists in real life all the time....but as a novel or story...i was expecting much more...
Jan 17, 2016 Emilybrooks89 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Well-written. I enjoyed most of it, but there were parts that were disturbing and scary, for which I wish there had been warning. Deals with disabilities including diabetes, visual impairment, depression, and addiction.
Jan 21, 2010 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book went so many places that I didn't expect it to go. Wow. It's a good read even for someone with no connection to insulin-dependent diabetes.
Nov 29, 2011 Erin rated it liked it
I liked the beginning and probably related more to it than the ending chapters but I hope that the author is able to go on with life as best she can can live happily
Sep 16, 2016 Morgan rated it it was amazing
this book was very infommational in telling about diabetes. i will recommend this book to friends.
Jason Terrell
Mar 05, 2012 Jason Terrell rated it really liked it
A little long, but it was a good and intersting book, read 160 pages in 2 days
Aug 06, 2013 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Good for a patient's view of chronic disease, even though the medical pieces are very outdated..
Serenity Huntwork
A good read, well developed. As the story went on and Andie got older, so did the 'tone' of the chapters and her view on diabetes.
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Andie Dominick grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and earned a bachelor of arts degree in English and a master of arts degree in creative writing from Iowa State University. She published a book based on her and her older sister's experiences with Type 1 Diabetes, entitled Needles. She says "I have always loved writing and I've always loved to observe and comment on the world around me." Dominick lives i ...more
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