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Mother, Help Me Live (One Last Wish #3)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,262 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Sarah McGreggor has leukemia and needs a bonemarrow transplant. It is at this critical moment thatSarah learns she was adopted. When the "OneLast Wish" check arrives, Sarah decides tosearch for her birth mother--and a chance for life. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 27th 2010 by Laurel Leaf (first published June 1st 1992)
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Oct 25, 2015 Rachael rated it really liked it
My Actual Rating: 3.8

It's been a really long time since I've read anything by Lurlene McDaniel but this book reminded me why I liked them so much. Although these books are a little "childish" for me... the characters are young and the stories are one dimensional, they are so realistic and emotional.

I enjoyed reading about Sarah and even her sister Tina and the whole family and experiencing this tragedy with them. You can tell McDaniel really knows what shes talking about in the medical depart
May 31, 2014 Nash rated it liked it
ok well ive been a fan of Lurlene Mcdaniel ever since i read my secret boyfriend and heart to heart i fell in love with her as in author. Her books are just so easy to read and although yes they are sad but they are nice an full of hope and love and inspiring. Even after a few years reading this book was ok i think i expected more. I still perfer heart to heart. i thought it was ok but sarah was very...disrespectful? i dont think she put a lot of thought into any of her decisions and she does ad ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Victoria rated it liked it
This is the only "terminal illness" Lurlene McDaniel book I've ever read; it was in my 5th grade classroom library and one of the books I picked up out of boredom.

I was pleasantly surprised by the themes and characters. Although the plot revolves around a terminally ill teenage girl searching for her biological mother (two heavy issues in one plot), it wasn't as cheesy or souped-up as I expected. The characters seemed fairly real, and the dynamics between the main character and her adoptive fami
Apr 19, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it
This book was about Sarah MacGreggor who is in desperate of a bone marrow transplant. She thought that her family would be able to donate their bone marrow for her. However, she found out that she was adopted daughter, which means her family cannot help. Her only hope is to find her biological mother in order to find the compatibile bone marrow to help her live.
I liked this book because it shows how a teenage girl struggle to find her mother and to save herself from the deadly cancerous cells. T
Ashlyn Lopez
This book by Lurlene McDaniel, called " Mother, Help Me Live " is a very good book. Its about the 15 year - old girl named Sarah who comes out of remission and the leukemia has spread in her body again. But when the doctors say she needs a bone marrow transplant to survive and her family would be the easiest donors to find her parents tell her that she was adopted and she doesn't handle it very well at first and neither does her 13 year - old sister, Tina. But some mysterious foundation leaves a ...more
Jun 25, 2016 Sara rated it did not like it
I think I'm on a bad streak with Lurlene books. The protag of this book annoyed me, too! Sarah was way too whiny and mired in shame about the fact that she was adopted, and while I get being upset that her parents lied to her (pretty shitty move on their part) she was a total bitch to them. Even during the penultimate scene where her birth mother rejects her and it's supposed to be said I just rolled my eyes. Plus, the scene made Janelle out to be a shallow bitch for not wanting to deal with see ...more
Aug 26, 2015 Gabrielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
Sarah learns that her cancer has came back, but that isn't the only disappointing thing Sarah learns. She learns that they only thing that can save her is a bone marrow transplant that she can easily get from one of her siblings. Sarah learns however, that she was adopted when she was 3 days old and her siblings wouldn't be a match for the procedure. So, Sarah decides to take matters into her own hands and go looking for her birth mother. After finding her Sarah soon discovers that her mother is ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
I really enjoyed this book. It was slightly different from the previous "One Last Wish" novels. It seemed to be less focused on the illness and more on the adoption and the hardships that come with that. I was happy how the book ended but really want to know how things pan out for Sarah and her family.
Nov 17, 2008 Saressa rated it it was amazing
This is such a sad book. the only book i ever cried about. Its really a great story tho. i like it beacuse its more of a real life story but not a biography but something like it. its so great. i reacommend this probley to somebody who like sappy stories
Jun 06, 2013 Mars rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: senior-year-hs
In "Mother, Help Me Live", author Lurlene McDaniel delves into the big issues of adoption and childhood cancer. These are not easy issues to cover and McDaniel does it well. The story is very compelling and I think an important one to read because the hardships faced by the main character, Sarah, are similar to those that touch so many of our lives. Readers can learn about what it is like on an emotional level for a child to find out that they are adopted, or to be facing serious illness and eve ...more
Jun 21, 2014 Miranda rated it it was amazing
This book was different from the previous two books in the series. Sarah finds out that she is adopted after she is told she will need a bone marrow transplant. Instead of really focusing in on Sarah's illness, the adoption is really front & center. I still enjoyed reading this because it showed you how Sarah felt after she found out that she had been adopted & how she dealt with it.
Yanira Varela
Feb 05, 2014 Yanira Varela rated it liked it
Mother help me live is a very good book. After reading the book it made me start thinking about if maybe I was adopted but it is a really good book and i think more people should read it.
Mary Bey
May 15, 2014 Mary Bey rated it really liked it
Very sweet and the ending nearly brought me to tears, like all Lurlene McDaniel books. The ending left me wondering what happened to her though!! It`s killing me! ...more
May 26, 2010 David rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult-lit
This was a book that has a typical teen drama involved. The plot seemed a little contrived because I felt the author set the tone for the story because of the things she added and then took away. It is an overall interesting read and I was curious how it would end. The only problem I had with the novel is that it did not resolve any issue. The whole time we are reading about a girl who has cancer and needs a bone marrow transplant; however, when the novel ends, she still needs the transplant. Ma ...more
Madison Swingle
Oct 03, 2014 Madison Swingle rated it it was amazing
I loved the author used great description and the story was astounding and quite amazing
Kelly Ann
Aug 11, 2014 Kelly Ann rated it really liked it
I love Lurlene McDaniel for my struggling readers. This is a quick and easy read with heart, even if it is predictable.
Robin Conley
Mar 14, 2014 Robin Conley rated it liked it
Lurlene McDaniel's books are always good. They're honest, emotional, and a really sappy, but I enjoy them from time to time. I do find them cheesy at times, but McDaniel's has such a genuine way of portraying extreme sicknesses, at least in my mind, and how it affects the family of the sick person and the sick person him/herself. This book is no exception. It's interesting and an emotional story. It's not my favorite of her books, but it's an interesting one.
Jul 30, 2010 Hannah added it
This book is about a girl who finds out she was adopted. Well there's more to it, but I mainly focused on this part of the book. See, I was adopted from China, but I've always known, and excepted it. I've always had trouble understanding why people freak out when they find out they are adopted, but this book kinda helped me see what it would have been like from the characters perspective. So I just wanted to point out why I liked this book so much :)
Coryn N
Feb 03, 2011 Coryn N rated it it was amazing
Mother Help Me Live is a great book. I gave it 5 stars because it really has a lot of interesting parts. You feel really bad for her in most of the story, because she is probably going to die. Going to find her mom just made it worse. The book does get better as it goes on, but in the beginning it is very sad. I recommend this book for anyone who is into books with a lot of suspense, it was hard to put it down!
Megan Anderson
I wanted to punch almost every character in this book for being bratty and stupid. My lack of sympathy for the protagonist made this book almost unreadable. It's not that her plight doesn't move me -- I'm all for adoption and cancer is a tragedy -- but her personality was so off-putting that I wanted to reach into the book and smush her. Not the worst book I've read lately, but far from the best.
Mary Bronson
Sep 01, 2013 Mary Bronson rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a very good book. I really enjoyed reading it. It is very touching and heartwarming at the same time. I felt bad for the main character and the struggle she had to face going through cancer. Not only dealing with the disease, but finding out that she is adopted and wanted to find her birth mother to see if she would help. I love "One Last Wish" series.
Aug 08, 2008 Caroline rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the author, people curious about adoption
Sarah needs a bone marrow transplant, and she has never known she was adopted before now. So with some mysterious money from an even more mysterious benefactor, she goes searching for her birth parents, hoping for bone marrow.
A captivating novel!
This book made me cry and actually had a good ending this time compared to some of Lurlene's other books. Anyone who wants to read a touching story that will make you cry go by this now. You will love this book no matter what.
Jun 09, 2010 Sadie rated it it was amazing
OMW!!! I love these books!! I love all the books by Lurlene McDaniel!! They are about People with diseases and disorders, and the struggling loved ones around them!!! I would totally recommend these books to everyone!!
Jaclyn Goss
Nov 16, 2008 Jaclyn Goss rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
after reading this book and learning about leukemia, I thought I had it! Watch out for giving this to people with overactive imaginations, or if they are prone to bruises! :)
Alix West
Apr 09, 2015 Alix West rated it did not like it
Shelves: trash, juvenile, cancer, angsty
Full of batshittery and offensiveness. Read my review at Forever Young Adult.
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Feb 15, 2012 Sarai rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-b4-hs
I read many of Lurlene McDaniel's books as a teenager and loved them. I dont know how I would feel about them now but then it was a really nice story that made me cry.
Jan 14, 2015 Kyle rated it it was amazing
A tear-jerker for pre-teens and up! Loved this story so much I went to get it signed! I recommend this for anyone wanting a sad and beautifully-written piece.
Mrs. Schonour
May 21, 2012 Mrs. Schonour rated it liked it
Shelves: illness-dying
I love this author, but this wasn't one of my favorite books. I like her style and narrative voice, but the plot didn't grab me the way it usually does.
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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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