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Twice: How I Became A Cancer-Slaying Super Man Before I Turned 21

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At 16, when most juniors are worried about getting that first car, getting a hot date, getting on the tennis team or getting into college, Benjamin Rubenstein got cancer. Too proud to accept the ministrations of his family, too angry to acknowledge the terrible odds, too young to find consolation in philosophy, Rubenstein devised his own strategy of survival: developing ...more
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published October 15th 2010 by Woodley Books
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Bookphile
Sep 13, 2015 Bookphile rated it it was amazing
Twice is a book that was not exactly what I had been expecting. The superhero theme made me think this was going to be an uplifting and funny account of a young man's struggle with cancer--and it was, just not in the ways I expected. I can say with utter honesty that this is the single-most harrowing book I have ever read in my life. Though I have a relative who is a breast cancer survivor, I had no real idea of what cancer treatment was like. I gained some insight by reading Siddhartha ...more
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Apr 19, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
**This book was received as a free Advanced Reader's Copy**

When you look at the cover of Twice it's hard to be sure of what to expect. Bright yellow, with a very muscular bald Superman on the cover it certainly doesn't seem like it would be a cancer memoir. But there's a lot of things in this book that don't quite line up with your traditional cancer memoir. For one it's funny. And it certainly doesn't skimp out on naughty thoughts, gross descriptions, and general risque stuff that is more assoc
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Dec 26, 2013 Fatima rated it it was amazing
This book was hard to read, at times, because of the amount of suffering endured by the narrator as he battled two bouts of cancer. At the end of the day, however, it is a triumphant story because it is about survival. It's a good thing to have a fighter's spirit and to have the perspective to calmly tackle whatever challenges life brings you. So I would recommend this as a book of particular interest to anyone dealing with pediatric illnesses or cancer but I would also recommend this to anyone ...more
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Jul 22, 2011 Mona Sandoval rated it liked it
I read this book because Ted went to school with the author's brother. He kept a positive attitude throughout and I respect him a lot for all he went through and hope that if I ever have to go through the same, I would be half as strong as he was.
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Jul 25, 2011 Sarah Honenberger rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: College age or older
Recommended to Sarah by: Bookseller
An intensely personal journey of one young man who battled cancer, alive to tell the tale. This author's first book gives an insider's view of the imposition of illness on good health at a time when all experiences are life-changing. A hard subject, but told with honesty and compassion.
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Great book. Twice and Secrets of a Cancer Slaying Superman are my favorite books of all time.
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Benjamin Rubenstein began writing his memoir, Twice How I Became a Cancer-Slaying Super Man Before I Turned 21, while attending college at the University of Virginia where he also began blogging on cancerslayerblog. Twice published in 2010 and a year later he began writing his next book for kids, Secrets of the Cancer-Slaying Super Man. Benjamin is working towards his master's of fine arts in crea ...more
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