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Ways To Live Forever

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From award-winning author Sally Nicholls, her debut novel about a boy's last months with leukemia.

1. My name is Sam.
2. I am eleven years old.
3. I collect stories and fantastic facts.
4. I have leukemia.
5. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead.

Living through the final stages of leukemia, Sam collects stories, questions, lists, and pictures that create a profound
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2008)
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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
Harun Harahap
Apr 05, 2010 Harun Harahap rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jan 28, 2009 Josiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Mar 01, 2009 Joni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
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
Apr 20, 2009 Helna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, terjemahan
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
Lyndi Borthwick
Dec 29, 2016 Lyndi Borthwick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This Book + The Feels=Broken Heart
This was so heartwarming, i had quite high expectations of this book due to seeing the film first but the adaptation of this book is so good!
I loved how innocent a this book is, there is no sugar coating the reality of a cancer patient. The character in this book Sam asks all the interesting questions that either nobody answers are no one knows the answer to. My favourite character in this book is Felix, he was a real representation of what the world truly is a
Oct 05, 2008 Meinar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
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
Nog nooit kreeg ik tranen in m'n ogen van een boek, maar dit verhaal raakte me echt. Prachtig en puur. Wauw.
Sana  Khalid °¤°
Ways To Cry Forever: Read this damn book.
Aug 11, 2008 Wezy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 29, 2010 e.c.h.a rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to e.c.h.a by: Roos
indah. menggetarkan. simpel.

Kita tak perlu menunggu mati untuk memaknai arti kehidupan.
Apr 03, 2011 Althesia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
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
Dec 16, 2010 Nura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-mine
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
Miss Kodok
Nov 27, 2008 Miss Kodok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buku-minjem
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
Feb 05, 2009 Deanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2013 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I finished this book an hour ago & I had to wait and pull myself together before writing this review.
It is one of the most emotional books I've ever read.
Anyone who reads this and doesn't shed tears has a heart of stone!
I HATE it when people give a book less stars just because its sad. Surely if a book can evoke such strong emotions in a person then that is proof that it is very well written and the reader is fully engrossed in the story!
I gave it 5 stars because this story deserves no less
Sep 12, 2013 Beatrice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

The first tear jerker of the year
Jun 07, 2016 Courtney rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: 2016-read
I got this book at my local bookstore on Independent Bookstore day. It was one of those "blind date" books where they wrap the book in paper and write a short description of the story on front, preventing you from "judging a book by its cover". I'm so glad that not only did I get this book but I couldn't see its cover- which doesn't relate the story at ALL and probably wouldn't have been a book I picked up on my own.

This story is told in a mix of letters, lists and journal entries. Ways to Live
Apr 13, 2009 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv
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
Jun 06, 2008 Milan/zzz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 28, 2016 Elifnaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Eski okulumda yaşam döngüsünü işlerdik. Su döngüsünü, karbon döngüsünü, yeni yıldızların oluşum döngüsünü biliyorum. Hepsinde eskiler ölür, yeniler doğar. Yaşlı yıldızlar, genç yıldızlara dönüşür. Ölü yapraklar yavru filizlere dönüşür. Bir şey ölüyordur ya da doğuyordur. Nasıl baktığınıza bağlı."
"Fakat bunlar, çocukların da ölmek zorunda olmalarının nedenini açıklamıyor."
Bu kadar bir çırpıda biten bir kitapta o kadar çok şey anlatılmış ki okumadan nasıl hissettirdiğini anlayamazsınız. Okumadan
Sep 25, 2010 jesse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Been made into a movie

Basically it's about a boy who knows he's gonna die, but has a list of things-to-do he wants to fulfill before it's too late. This element has been used a lot of times in many, many books, but never ceases to get old (to me).
The voice Sally Nicholls created through 11 year-old Sam rang true in my ears.
It was depressing, a few times touching & still a good example to what death can do to the one dying and the loved ones being left behind.

Oct 07, 2008 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Betsy by: John Mason
One Sentence Review: You have to have some kinda chops to write a funny dying kid book, particularly if it's written in that kid's voice, but this is just one of the funniest, smartest, and saddest titles of the year.
Samantha Rodriguez
It's a good book to me it was like a rollercoaster because one second your excited the next youre worried and finally your talking at the book with tears streaming down your face
Oct 22, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2014 Daisy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***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
Dec 28, 2012 Alvina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Nov 07, 2010 Mery rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gift, punya
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
Oct 23, 2013 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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