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A Time for Dancing (A Time for Dancing #1)

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  1,949 Ratings  ·  217 Reviews
Samantha and Juliana. Sam and Jules -- they've been best friends forever. Now, in the summer before their senior year, they're ready for whatevers coming.College? Professional dance careers? They'll share the triumphs and face the tears together. But neither of them are prepared for what does happen next. Jules is diagnosed with cancer. And there is no cure. "An unforgetta ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Puffin (first published September 1st 1995)
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Jul 29, 2009 ☮Mary☮ rated it it was amazing
This was one of the greatest books i have ever read in my life. it had meaning to it. It wasn't just made up. This happens to real people. I cried at the end, and hoped like the characters that the ending would be different. I felt like I was the one who was dying and the one who had to watch. This book had emotion behind, and only a truely great author could write something like this. The story of Samantha and Julie, Sam and Jules, day and night, life and death, is one I won't soon forget. It t ...more
May 30, 2009 Sydney rated it it was amazing

What do you do when you best friend is dying?


This was a GREAT manages to break your heart, mend it, and break it again.
Told in a way that makes you both frustrated and sad at the same time, it’s one of those reads you can help but love in a terrible way...:)
Sara Shalash
Nov 17, 2009 Sara Shalash rated it it was amazing
I read this book awhile ago, but I still find myself thinking about it. A Time for Dancing is one of my all time favorite books. Centered around two inseparable best friends I(Samantha and Julia) who share the love of dancing. Out of the blue one Julia become diagnosed with cancer. The moment Julia discovers she has cancer, their lives are turned upside down. Alternating between the views of the two friends, you see both sides of the story. I didn't know much about cancer, after reading the book ...more
Feb 23, 2009 Erica rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book more stars, I would.
This book is amazing. By far one of the best books I have ever read.
And I read a lot.
This book is about two best friends and their battle when one is diagnosed with cancer.
Claire Epperson
This is literally my all time favorite book in the history of ever. And I'm only 13. I have read it countless times and I never tire of the story.

It is about Sam and Jules, the inseparable best friends. Every time I read this book I picture myself and MY other self, Amiritha. I am Sam, and she is Jules, that's just the way it is. They match our personalities. Sam is sarcastic, protective, daring and willing to do the crazy things, cause hey, life like there's no tomorrow. Jules is the smart (pre
Lisa Vegan
Mar 03, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Since I’ve been a kid, I’ve had what I consider a practically obscene interest in reading about cancer patients, particularly young cancer patients. My interest apparently continues.

This is one of the good ones. For me that means it feels as if it’s an honest account about what it’s like to have cancer and what it might be like to have someone close to you have cancer. It’s the story of two girls, who narrate alternating chapters. They’re in high school and have been best friends for nearly half
Caterina Montebello
Non voglio girarci intorno, ho davvero avuto grosse difficoltà ad approcciare il libro e adesso a scrivere questa recensione.
In questo romanzo si parla di una malattia che è la bestia nera del secolo nel quale viviamo, quella contro la quale, non sempre fortunatamente ma spesso, ci sentiamo inermi.

Milioni di persone ogni giorno affrontano la lotta contro il cancro, e veramente pochi di noi non hanno vissuto sulla propria pelle la sofferenza di avere una persona alla quale si vuole bene alle pre
»мσяgαиα« (over the hills and far away)
"A time for dancing" è un romanzo che, oltre ad ispirarsi ad una storia vera, ha visto il suo successo soprattutto a livello cinematografico con l'omonima trasposizione. Tuttavia, mentre il film ha usato la danza come perno centrale della storia, il libro si sviluppa su più livelli di cui la danza è più un contorno che il punto focale. Temi portanti sono l'amicizia, i rapporti famigliari, la presa coscienza di sé e la malattia, quest'ultima con tutte le sue conseguenze a livello personale e inte ...more
Dec 07, 2013 Esty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
You can read the full review on my blog Boarding with Books(:
Yes. This is a Cancer Book. But I hate that people avoid these amazing books because of the topic because 1) that's not ALL they talk about and 2) So what?? Millions of people battle this illness everyday and others refuse to even read about it?! Lastly 3) It's such a loaded subject, full of heartbreak, love and anger- and aren't those the main themes in all the books we read? The only difference is that this conflict is man vs. nature
Jul 31, 2008 Libraryscat rated it really liked it
A Time for Dancing, by Davida Wills Hurwin, was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and I couldn�'t agree more with the ALA decision. Ballet is center stage for high school friends Julie and Samantha. They met in ballet class and have been best friends ever since. Until everything changes � changes due to cancer.[return][return]The book is written with a style that complements the content � every other chapter is told from the perspective of one of the two friends. In the beginning, it ...more
Brooke Broadhead
Dec 14, 2011 Brooke Broadhead rated it it was amazing
Only one book has ever touched me enough to be considered my favorite book. A Time for Dancing, is a truly inspiring story of friendship and survival that moved me like no other book has.

Samantha and Juliana. Two best friends, inseparable, each others one-and-only's. Sam and Jules have always been there for each other, at dance, at school, at life. But what will happen to their friendship when Jules is diagnosed with cancer. What do you do when your best friend is dying?

This book is beautifully
Apr 18, 2013 Lianne rated it it was amazing
It was sweet and I thought of my bestfriend and I immeadiatly! It's sad and happy and adorable. In this book you truly know who your bestfriends are and what you would do for them when they are dying. I cried many times and I'm not crying becauue it's happy or sad, it's just the emotions of what happens just blows your mind. And some people are like shes gonna die and I'm just going to read the last page to see what happens, but you won't feel as emoitionally connected as you should. Boys might ...more
Jun 25, 2011 Jay rated it it was ok
I feel bad rating this book so low. It's such a depressing subject, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I got teary towards the end. And really, Davida Wills Hurwin made the whole story quite believable. Jules didn't get better.

But somehow, I just couldn't get into it. The writing lacked something for me. It didn't grab me like I hoped, and the plot moved slowly. Now, admittedly cancer can grow slowly and it takes a while to truly developed in most cases. But it wasn't until the last fifty or so
Apr 26, 2010 Quilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
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I read Circle the Soul Softly before reading this and was much more impressed with that book of Davida Wills Hurwin.

The basic storyline is that two friends, Jules and Sam, have been best friends for a long time. They dance at the same studio, take many of the same high school classes, go to parties together, and are very close friends. Then Jules gets cancer and everything changes.

A Time For Dancing was good not amazing. It's a fast read. The perspective switches between Jules and Sam. I think
Nov 13, 2015 Trisha rated it really liked it
* 3.5 * I found this book at Goodwill and only paid 99¢ for it. The cover (which is different then the one shown here) drew me in. It's hard to really review a book about such real and heart wrenching things, the emotional toll it takes on you will sometimes cloud your judgment on the actual writing. While I do think it could have been more detailed because at times it felt like the author skimmed the top of the story... but other than that I definitely liked this book, it was short and easy rea ...more
Ashley Carpenter
Nov 14, 2012 Ashley Carpenter rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most memorable books I've ever read. I can't tell you how long I cried during the ending and even after I closed it. I think I even called my boyfriend (now husband) and told him how I couldn't stop crying, that it was so sad! The crazy part is that shortly after I finished that book, my husband's brother had to fight with cancer again and lost this time around. Profoundly meaningful to me and, I know, to many others.
Erin Epperson
Nov 22, 2016 Erin Epperson rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It's about two best friends who adore dancing. But one of them gets cancer. Her sassy best friend tries to support her and fight her battles for her. Jules, (the one with cancer) suffers hair loss, boy and relationship trouble, and the fear of dying. I give this book a 5 star rating.
Jun 22, 2009 Catherine rated it liked it
The concept of this book intrigued me...everyone wonders what their reaction would be if someone they loved became ill. But...the writing was bad. I actually found noticable mistakes (i.e. character thankfully finished her homework at the library, then later that night finished it AGAIN.) I don't know...I just wasn't all that impressed.
Nov 20, 2012 Kaitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who read any of John Green books even though I haven't read any of his books yet
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Sam Fuller
Feb 09, 2011 Sam Fuller rated it it was amazing
Their friendship is sweet and its a heartwarming story about the struggle with cancer at such a young age. This one a great book and I enjoyed reading it a lot
Franci Karou
Mar 06, 2016 Franci Karou rated it really liked it
Qui la recensione completa:

"Il giorno in cui Jules mi aveva detto di avere il cancro - il sette luglio - il mondo si era ribaltato."

Parlarvi di questo libro non sarà facile, anche perché, se ci penso, mi tornano le lacrime agli occhi. A time for dancing è una bellissima e struggente storia che parla di un grande dramma ma anche di una grande e speciale amicizia. E' la storia di due ragazze con un sogno immenso, quello di diventare ballerine, un sogno che
Oct 27, 2016 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a young adult novel but it was highly rated so I decided to give it a go. Certainly not your standard story - this book tracks the long time friendship of 2 girls, both dancers, best buddies now facing the serious illness of one of them. I felt their reactions to the situation as well as their friends and family felt real although thankfully I've not been faced with it so couldn't say for sure.

A relatively small thing that really bothered me was the constant references to the fact that
Feb 13, 2017 Dominqiue rated it it was amazing
Very good and definitely a tear jerker
New Adult e dintorni
Non voglio girarci intorno, ho davvero avuto grosse difficoltà ad approcciare il libro e adesso a scrivere questa recensione.
In questo romanzo si parla di una malattia che è la bestia nera del secolo nel quale viviamo, quella contro la quale, non sempre fortunatamente ma spesso, ci sentiamo inermi.

Milioni di persone ogni giorno affrontano la lotta contro il cancro, e veramente pochi di noi non hanno vissuto sulla propria pelle la sofferenza di avere una persona alla quale si vuole bene alle pre
Apr 16, 2016 Chiara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stelle e mezzo!
Qui la recensione completa: http://www.strawberriesandbooks.blogs...

Sembra proprio che io viva su un altro pianeta. A time for dancing è il libro che ha ispirato l'omonimo film del 2002 e che io non sapevo nemmeno esistesse fino al mese scorso. E dire che i film in cui i personaggi ballano li ho visti tutti: Honey, Step up, Ballare per un sogno, Shall we dance?, Save the last dance e avanti che andiamo. Ma A time for dancing me l'ero proprio perso. E infatti, quando ho preso in
Cristina Lee
Mar 02, 2016 Cristina Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
"A time for dancing" titolo di uno dei miei film preferiti. Che mi ha commossa, fatto sognare, poi piangere. Ricordo ancora quando da piccola ancora poco esperta di film o titoli lo avevo visto, e poi passati gli anni lo cercavo e ricercavo. Senza ricordarmene il titolo. Lo rivolevo, volevo riprovare le emozioni che mi aveva lasciato.
A distanza di così tanti anni, più di dieci, vedo la pubblicazione di un libro che porta il titolo di cui mi ero dimenticata, che ho ricercato e poi impresso nella
Nov 27, 2016 Zev rated it it was amazing
I have recommended this book left and right during the past five years.
I first read it when I was too young to fully understand what was going on. I re-read it when I was older, and WOW had my comprehension changed.
Just -thinking- about it now makes me want to cry. This is one of the most well-written, saddest, oh the emotions, books I have ever read. I am so, so glad it was published. There are so many themes here that were skillfully explored, and it takes my breath away.

This is ostensibly a b
Serena (Cioccolato e Libri)
Recensione completa:

Avete visto il film “A time for dancing“? Se sì, avete pianto?
Se lo avete visto e pensate di aver già versato abbastanza lacrime… vi state solo illudendo.

Questo libro spezza la tua anima, ti mette davanti al cancro e ti fa capire, pagina dopo pagina, che non c’è nulla che tu possa fare: lui vincerà.
Jules è una ragazza coraggiosa, si sottopone alla chemio, smette di ballare e il tempo passa senza che lei se ne renda conto. Un battito di
Divine M'Bambi
Mar 19, 2015 Divine M'Bambi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book "A Time For Dance" by Davida Wills Hurwin depicts the life of two teens, Samantha and Julie who have been best friends since the age of nine. Currently at the age of Sixteen these two teens go through so much together as well as apart. Julie was diagnosed with diffuse histiocytic lymphoma; which is a type of cancer preventing her from seeing her friends, dancing and even going to school. This takes her, her family and friends on a journey they never saw coming. All things begin to get ...more
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Davida Wills Hurwin is the author of A Time for Dancing (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults) and The Farther You Run. She teaches theater at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences and lives in Southern California with her husband, Gene, and their daughter, Frazier Malone.
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“Good-bye, my dancer, my friend, my One and Only. I love you.” 14 likes
“The casket sat in the front of the church, open to all. I didn't look. Whoever was there wan't Jules. Jules was at the ocean now, being a seagull. Dancing. And free.” 10 likes
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