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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  98 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Daniel says: life caused me to grow up fast. Real fast. Like overnight.

Krista says: The real me—the one who knew I should treat Daniel the way I'd want to be treated—was angry at the other me. I just didn't want to lose Bobby by taking sides with Daniel.

Daniel and Krista used to be inseparable. Now that they're older, they've drifted apart—but when an accident leaves Dani
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 4th 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Ryann Murphy
Feb 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer Wardrip
May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Krista and Daniel were inseparable from the first day of kindergarten on. Swimming lessons, play dates, they did everything together. Until Valentine's Day in third grade. Krista got a box of chocolates and an unsigned love note. There's no way of knowing for sure who it came from, but Krista is convinced it was Bobby. It almost doesn't really even matter anymore because since that day, Krista has had the crush of her life on Bobby. Two-and-a-half
Misty Baker
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you have spent even 5 minutes with a child you are certain to have noticed what interesting creatures they are. They are as equally lovable as they are fickle and more than anything they are painfully honest (not yet forming that diplomatic catch-net we acquire as adults.) but unfortunately all of these endearing qualities start to disappear as the years pass and eventually, instead of your little princess who thought boys were icky and playing in mud was a good time, you end up with a tween. ...more
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
As part of my listening to books in the car, I read a wide variety of materials that might not be my first choice. So I read a good amount of children's and teen lit in the car. As a librarian, I feel that it is important to read widely and to read in a varied manner.

Hence, this teen lit title. I enjoyed this book on CD. It is told in alternating chapters of the two main protagonists, Daniel and Krista, who used to be friends, but have drifted apart. Daniel gets paralyzed during a routine denta
Feb 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
So many things change as you move from “childhood” to “adolescence.” As Krista and Daniel move into middle school they are no longer the inseparable buddies they once were. Krista is distracted by her crush on the cool boy, Bobby; Daniel is devastated by an allergic reaction to anesthetic that paralyzes him. He especially misses swimming competitively. Daniel’s accident gradually brings Krista back into his life as she helps him learn to swim. Daniel works hard to be more independent from his we ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
The story is cute. It provides details on how the accident happened and the immediate aftermath, but the story seems to pick up a bit later, when Daniel is able to go back to school. Along with the usual problems twelve-year-olds encounter, Daniel's friends and classmates struggle to figure out how to act around Daniel. The accident isn't the only problem Daniel has either. He's got a crush on a girl who is clueless and his mother all of a sudden makes changes to her life that severely affect Da ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
I just didn't like it. One star seems harsh but If that says you didn't like it then I'm going to be truthful. Now, It's not necessarily her writting. Maybe more what she writes about. The mother's selfish ways made me boil. I can't find a way to sympathize with this mid life crisis mom! She should have figured that she wanted to continue performing BEFORE she GOT MARRIED and HAD a CHILD!!! You must plan to do something andthen you just got to stick with it. You can't just pack up and leave when ...more
Jun 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
In fifth grade, Daniel has a routine procedure performed to remove an impacted baby tooth. The operation does not go as planned and leaves Daniel crippled. Once a star swimmer, Daniel must now learn to rely on family and friends to help him recover. He must learn to walk and swim again.

I thought this story was pretty good, although I had a hard time believing a middle school would have a swim team. I liked that the story was told from two points of view, alternating back and forth so it was cons
Feb 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This is a middle grade novel about two friends, Daniel and Krista. Each chapter is told from their alternate perspectives. Daniel and Krista were best friends back in third grade but then Krista developed a crush on Daniel's best friend Bobby. Now in 6th grade, Daniel and Krista have a chance to renew their friendship. Daniel must learn to walk (and swim) again after an bad reaction to anesthesia during a dental operation. Daniel is a very insightful young man. My favorite quote: "...taking risk ...more
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is honestly one of the greatest books I have ever read, and will probably always be one of my favorites. My love for Daniel is immense, and the compassion I hold for him after the accident grew through every moment in this book. I loved how Krista and Daniel seemed to find each other again. This book is absolutely perfect. I'm recommending it to everyone I know. Read this.

PS. The author came to my school, and told us about it. So I decided to read it. And it was one of the greatest decision
Oct 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middle school
Yay! Was lucky enough to read this one in galleys some time ago and wanted it here so I do not forget it. Two kids, one boy one girl, best friends. The boy gets permanently injured during oral surgery and ends up in a wheelchair. His best friend develops crush on the son of the dentist who performed the surgery. Now everyone has to get used to the new Daniel (including Daniel) and deal with the fallout not only of growing up, but of changing, of grown-ups not being able to deal, of teen romance, ...more
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
It was ok. I listened to it and it had good readers. The main characters are 12. It gives the reader ideas on how to play one parent off the other especially if they are divorced and the characters kept lying to their parents. So, it's ok but not my favorite. But I don't like Fudge books either.
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school students
This book was suprisingly good...I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. But before I knew it...I was wrapped up in the story of Daniel, Krista, and their friends. A fun book, but one that does address some serious issues such as disabilities, parents overpressuring their kids to succeed, and family members who leave when the going gets rough. Highly recommended!
Eh. I didn't really like this book. The Daniel's triumphed wasn't focused on as much as the lame-o drama of who likes who. The voice of this book was good, though. I mean, it felt like a couple of twelve year olds. I don't know. It wasn't terrible, but it just wasn't a very good story -- it should have been, but wasn't.
Aug 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is wonderful. I just love the story and how the characters change and develop. The author also made it so real... all the conversations and thoughts are just as natural as any teenage girl/boy. This book makes me smile and touched. I really liked it :)
Jan 29, 2009 rated it liked it
A cute story - I had a hard time believing 12 year olds would be in relationships, but that's probably because of my upbringing. Overall, I liked it, although the moral of the story is a bit ambiguous.
Eliana Yi
Jun 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book is kind of unfantastic. It is good, but not special in any kind of way. If you like that kind of boy-girl relationship, go ahead.
May 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
In my opinion, this book was kind of stupid... I guess it just depends on the person reading it. I thought that the characters were stereotypical and that the plot was also kind of boring...
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