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Ways to Live Forever

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  3,500 ratings  ·  649 reviews
"My name is Sam. I am eleven years old. I collect stories and fantastic facts. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead."

Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers to the questions nob...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published January 7th 2008 by Marion Lloyd Books
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Harun Harahap
Apr 07, 2010 Harun Harahap rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lita, Echa dan Roos
Shelves: punya, fiksi, terjemahan
Saat aku membaca halaman pertama kisah ini dimulai, aku tahu bahwa aku akan jatuh cinta dengan buku ini.

Kisah ini menceritakan seorang bocah lelaki berusia 11 tahun yang menderita penyakit Leukimia. Bocah lelaki yang mempunyai rasa ingin tahu yang besar termasuk didalamnya adalah kematian. “Bagaimana kita tahu sudah mati? Sakitkah kalau mati? Apakah dunia masiha da setelah aku mati”, pertanyaan macam itu yang membuat saya ingin merengkuh dan memeluknya dan mengatakan semua akan baik-baik saja da...more
Joe
Let's be honest. I usually only review books I can bash. It's something I like to do. But for Ways to Live Forever, one really must follow my thought process.

Page One Thoughts: This stupid book is going to make me cry.
Page Seventy-Six Thoughts: Actually, this might turn out to be cheesy.
Page One-Thirty-One Thoughts: Why am I scared of dying all of a sudden? Also, this is pretty heady stuff for young readers.
Page One-Seventy-Two Thoughts: No! This is manipulative! This book wants me to cry! I wil...more
Josiah
"There's no point having wishes if you don't at least try to do them"

--Sam McQueen, "Ways to Live Forever", page 60

This book subtly captured me and led me into its story, until before I even knew what was happening I was totally invested, heart, mind, and soul, in Sam and his life. The tension of approaching climax weighed on me as if it were happening to my own friend, and the panic juxtaposed against Sam's own calm regarding the seeming inevitability of his impending death lay powerfully on...more
Helna
Lagi asyik-asyiknya liatin rak-rak buku di Gramedia PS ma adek, eh saya malah ketemu buku ini. Beruntungnya lagi kaver plastiknya gak ada, jadi saya bisa baca dan seperti biasa memutuskan Beli atau Gak. Dan tahukah kawan, setelah membaca halaman awal buku ini saya malah keterusan baca..Kesimpulannya : Buku ini jadi saya beli (walau sudah lumayan kotor dan lecek karena sering dibaca dan stoknya cuma ada satu!).

Singkat Cerita:

Buku ini bercerita banyak hal, tapi akan saya singkat saja berdasarkan p...more
Joni
This book is just... wow. I'm sorry I can't think of a more intelligent way to put it, but it was so incredibly ... beautiful. You can't often say that about what is supposed to be a kids' book, but this was so simply, heartbreakingly written, it was like ... it was so terrifically honest and convincing, half the time I was sure I was reading a true, Anne-Frank-style diary. Both Sam and Felix leapt off the page and in to my head, and I can tell you now, I will never forget them.
But what is so he...more
Meinar
Happiness is not about what you will get, but what you have and do now.

Membaca buku ini awalnya saya sangka hanya akan menemukan cerita anak2 biasa yang typically kisah seorang anak sebelum meninggal, yang sudah banyak saya baca di edisi2 Chicken Soup. Tapi semakin lama, ternyata saya ikut masuk ke dalam tubuh dan pikiran Sam. Saya mulai ikut merasakan sendiri kesepiannya, saya ikut merasakan bahagia dengan mimpi2nya, saya ikut merasakan sakit atas penderiataannya, dan pada saat dia mengatakan...more
e.c.h.a
indah. menggetarkan. simpel.


Kita tak perlu menunggu mati untuk memaknai arti kehidupan.
Althesia
Di dalam buku yang satu ini, ada seorang anak berumur 11 tahun yang mengidap leukemia.Can you imagine that? Dia berusia 11 tahun dan mengidap leukemia!! Anak ini dikenal dengan nama Sam.

Sam suka mengumpulkan fakta. Ia bercita-cita menulis sebuah buku. Buku yang berisi berbagai fakta, pertanyaan, bahkan kumpulan hal-hal yang disukainya. Pertanyaan-pertanyaan yang ia sampaikan disebutnya sebagai pertanyaan tak terjawab. Salah satunya adalah : "Kenapa Tuhan membuat anak-anak jatuh sakit?" Jika pert...more
Wezy
Aug 11, 2008 Wezy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: If you like the children and dramatical books, it's a must read!!!
Recommended to Wezy by: No one at all
When he was eight, the son of friends of mine went through a sort of John Webster phase, being much obsessed with death. His fondness for poking at road-kills and gazing at graveyards troubled his parents, of course, but not half as much as the interminable questions. What's it like to die? How do you know when you're dead? What happens afterwards? Why do we have to die anyway? These are "The Questions that Nobody Answers", according to Sam McQueen, the 11-year-old hero of Ways to Live Forever....more
Nura
Pertanyaan no. 1: Bagaimana kita tahu kita sudah mati?
Pertanyaan no. 2: Kenapa Tuhan membuat anak-anak jatuh sakit?
Pertanyaan no. 3: Bagaimana kalau ada orang yang sebenarnya belum mati, tapi dikira sudah mati oleh orang-orang lain? Apakah dia akan dikubur hidup-hidup?
Pertanyaan no. 4: Sakitkah kalau mati?
Pertanyaan no. 5: Seperti apakah kelihatannya orang yang mati? Atau apa rasanya?
Pertanyaan no. 6: Kenapa sih orang mesti mati?
Pertanyaan no. 7: Ke mana orang setelah mati?
Pertanyaan no. 8: Apak...more
Miss Kodok
Sam, seorang bocah laki-laki berusia 11 tahun penderita leukimia lymphoblastic akut...menuliskan hari-hari terakhir dalanm hidupnya. Mengetahui bahwa hidupnya tidak akan lama lagi, ia ingin memberikan kenangan yang indah bagi orang-orang yang ditinggalkannya dan hidup di hati mereka selamanya. Sebuah kisah yang sangat menyentuh..., bagaimana seorang anak menghadapi kematian ini tidak dengan kesedihan dan rasa putus asa, ia melakukan hal-hal yang ingin ia lakukan sebelum ia pergi. Walaupun banyak...more
Meaghan
The 9-to-12 age group's answer to Jenny Downham's Before I Die. 11-year-old Sam keeps a notebook in the final months of his life, while he's getting palliative care for his leukemia. He's on homebound instruction with his friend Felix, who also has terminal cancer, and visits a clinic once a week to get his medicine. Sam has a real voice, just the right one for a child his age. His story brought tears to my eyes.

What struck me the most about the story was Sam's family. They were a functional fam...more
Milan/zzz
How lovely novel this is. Normally I don't read novel for young adults but I did liked this one very much indeed. The language is simply but absolutely beautiful; portraits as well; it's really impossible not to love Felix and entire Sam's family (and of course Sam). From the very beginning you are stunned by horrifying circumstance characters of the novel are facing with and feel gratefulness cause you're not from that story. Then you realize that there are numerous people in precisely the same...more
Ndari
"Namaku Sam. Umurku sebelas tahun. Aku suka mengumpulkan cerita dan fakta-fakta yang fantastis. Aku mengidap leukimia. Saat kalian membaca buku ini, kemungkinan aku sudah pergi."

Sam adalah bocah sebelas tahun pengidap leukimia akut. Karena penyakitnya ini, dia tak bisa melakukan hal-hal yang dilakukan anak-anak lain seusianya, seperti bersekolah, bermain sepak bola, atau jalan-jalan ke mal. Hari-hari dilewatinya dengan bersekolah di rumah dengan Felix sahabatnya.
Suatu hari dia memutuskan untuk m...more
Anne Mariane
Anne's review

Buku ini sebetulnya manis sekali. Aku jatuh cinta ama buku ini pas membaca sinopsis di sampul belakangnya, tentang kematian di mata anak kecil penderita leukemia. Siapa bilang kematian itu mengerikan? Siapa tahu malah asyik, dan seru?

Seperti komentar Granny di buku ini," ..Kematian itu seperti ulat dalam kepompong. Kalau takut keluar dari kepompong, kapan bisa berubah jadi kupu-kupu yang cantik?"

Mungkin kalau lihat versi aslinya lebih jatuh cinta lagi (karena sampul terbitan GPU ngg...more
Jess
Although I was personally caught up in Sam's story (and yes, crying through the second half), I was distracted by the question of whether or not this book would really appeal to an eleven year old boy. I know there's an appetite for sob-stories in young girls, but would boys pick this up? I can't say I know the answer, but one thing consoled me - Sam is really thinking things through. We see his distraught parents trying to cope, and occasionally they come on the scene as realistic, fully-fleshe...more
Deanna
Realistic fiction--death, family, writing, friendship, inquiring. Absolutely wonderful book about a boy named Sam who is dying of leukemia. His teacher invites him to write a book and he includes lists, all of his questions about death that no one wants to talk about or answer, facts, his goals, things he collects (kind of like a scrapbook), etc. He meets a friend named Felix in the hospital who also is dying and they work on Sam's list of things he wants to do including smoking, kissing a girl...more
Daisy
***Spoiler Alert***
Do you know someone who wrote a book about your death? Well in this book a boy named Sam writes about events leading to his death. Sam is an eleven year old boy that has leukemia. Sam wants to live his last few days with his family and friends. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. I think this book is a very sad book but a very good one as well.

This book takes place in Sams home town. Sam wants to live his lasts moments with his friends and family but his time living i...more
Aaron
***SPOILER ALERT***
Sam wants to know about UFO's, whats its like to kiss a girl, and go on an airship, but he only has 4 months to live. This realistic fiction book tells about an 11 year old boy who has been with cancer all his life, he has a list to accomplish before he is gone. I though the book was indeed as good or better than the book, "Mockingbird" (not the 3rd part of the Hunger games, but its mockingjay, sorry) because this book to me is telling you to enjoy in life and use each minute...more
Mery
Fakta no: 1

1. Namaku Sam.
2. Umurku sebelas tahun.
3. Aku suka mengumpulkan cerita dan fakta-fakta yang fantastis.
4. Aku mengidap leukimia.
5. Saat kalian membaca buku ini, kemungkinan aku sudah pergi.

Awal buku ini membuatku bergidik. Catatan yang begitu lugas dari seorang bocah 11 tahun pengidap leukimia akut.

Buku ini adalah buku harian Sam. Isinya sudah pasti kesehariannya melewati waktu.
Sam tidak bersekolah di sekolah umum. Penyakitnya membuatnya tak bisa melakukan aktivitas di sana. Dan lagi pu...more
Alvina

Buku ini bercerita tentang kisah Sam, dimulai tanggal 7 Januari dan berakhir tanggal 12 April. Sam adalah seorang anak laki-laki yang menderita leukimia, penyakitnya cukup parah sehingga ia terpaksa menghabiskan waktunya di rumah. Orang tuanya mendatangkan seorang guru agar Sam dan Felix, temannya yang juga terkena kanker, dapat melakukan sesuatu dalam hari-hari mereka, setidkanya agar mereka tidak bosan. Suatu hari, Mrs. Willis, guru itu, memiliki ide agar Sam dan Felix menuliskan sebuah cerita...more
Maria Casey
I've never been so glad to finish a book. Not because it was bad; it definitely wasn't bad. It was just the saddest thing I've ever read... Thank god it was a quick read (two days) because I was under a constant cloud of gloom the entire time I was reading it. I cried for probably about half the book.

I just grew so attached to each and every character, and the innocence in which Sam viewed death just made me cry every time... I loved the character development in his Dad. He goes from not being a...more
miaaa
Oct 07, 2008 miaaa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dahlia, Erry, Intan plus Dian
Recommended to miaaa by: first few pages of good translation
Shelves: fictions-others
Beautiful yet a very touching story. About a little boy, Sam, who suffers acute strain of Leukemia. His teacher Mrs. Willis encouraged him and Felix, although Felix did nothing but complaint about everything, to write a book on their own.

Sam fills his book with list of things, questions about death, and what happened around him during those short period. For example his dad's reaction of his illness is portrayed like what most men is expected to react in such circumstances .. being strong and tr...more
Elketw
Category: Books
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Author: Sally Nicholls

Sam menyukai fakta-fakta. Dia penasaran tentang hantu dan UFO---dan kematian. Sam mengidap leukemia. Sebentar lagi dia akan mati. Dan kematian adalah salah satu fakta kehidupan.


Ways To Live Forever adalah buku harian Sam yang berisi daftar-daftar, cerita-cerita, foto-foto, berbagai pertanyaan dan fakta yang dikumpulkannya selama minggu-minggu terakhir kehidupannya. Pandangannya yang jernih tentang kehidupan dan kematian memb...more
Jessica
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Rhea
Hal-hal yang kuinginkan setelah aku pergi :

- Menurutku upacara pemakaman seharusnya dibuat asyik. Para pelayat jangan memakai pakaian hitam. Kalian semua mesti menceritakan kisah-kisah lucu tentang aku, jangan yang sedih-sedih.
- Kalian boleh saja sedih, tapi tidak boleh terlalu sedih. Kalau kalian selalu sedih waktu memikirkan aku, bagaimana kalian bisa mengingat aku?


Apa yang akan kita lakukan jika mengetahui umur kita tinggal sedikit lagi???? mungkinkah kita akan melakukan hal yang sama sepert...more
Carrie
This is an incredible book told from the first person point of view by Sam, a 11 year old boy dying of leukemia. Wow.....

This is not the typical type of book I read, but I read this book because my daughter started it and continued to give me updates about Sam and Felix (Sams friend), and some of the "updates" were getting a little heavy, so I decided to read it myself. I was not disappointed. You, will not be disappointed! It also opened a door for my daughter and I to discuss thing we wouldn't...more
Samantha
What do you think happens when you die? Does it hurt? Do you go heaven?
In this realistic fiction a boy may have to face that sometime soon. I loved reading this book its funny and sad but reading this makes you think throughout the whole book like *** Spoiler Alert *** Sam has leukemia and on a wish list he wants to do teenage things like smoke and get girls so his friend Felix gives him a cigarette. I was like wait a minute why would he want to do that when he is sick because that for sure is...more
Catherine
Ways To Live Forever
By: Sally Nicholls
Have you ever wondered what diseases could kill you?
There are many diseases that can kill you but in this book we are talking about leucimea.In this realistic fiction book we will be joining Sam on his journey to death.I think this book is really good and I hope you decide to read this book.
This book begins with a boy named Sam at his house with his friend Felix.Sam and Felix get home schooled by Ms.Willie.Sam and felix both have leukemia.Sam wanted to l...more
Maria
I wonder what its like when you die? In this Realistic Fiction novel we will learn about how it might feel to die. I really loved how Sally Nicholls wrote the novel, because she made me feel like i was in the book and i was watching all the story and and there's parts where Sam would stop and say what he would be thinking about that thing. I liked that she wrote in like a diary which made it kinda cool because she would write like on March 22 and the next chapter would be on April 15th. I liked...more
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Sally Nicholls is a prize-winning British children's author. She was born and grew up in Stockton-on-Tees. On finishing school, Nicholls chose to travel around the world. Her first novel was Ways to Live Forever.
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“Things I Want to Happen After I die: You're allowed to be sad, but you're not allowed to be too sad. If you're always sad when you think about me, then how can you remember me?

—Sam McQueen”
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