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All These Lives

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,033 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani's twin, Jena, isn't so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani's father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything's normal. And Jena is wasting away. To cope, Dani ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 245 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
While I was a bit thrown off by the nine lives viewpoint, All These Lives is a really captivating story about dealing with cancer in a loved one. What's different in this one, is that the story is not actually about the cancer patient, but her sister, Dani. Dani and Jena are twins, Jena has cancer and Dani is battling with guilt. Specifically, she feels guilty for having nine lives, when Jena is fighting for her one.

Let me tell you straight up. Dany is a bitch! She's snarky, rudely sarcastic, a
This is one of those books I sometimes feel unequipped to read. I feel like, because I haven't suffered true loss, somehow I can't connect as deeply as I want to with books that deal with death and grief. And is it very terrible of me to say that I want to? Is it to relieve them, or to understand human nature? Does it come from fear of realizing that perhaps I am not as whole, or as ready for life, because I don't know how to handle sorrow?

This isn't really a book about cancer. It is no more tha
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of IMAGINARY GIRLS who want a little more plot
Let me first just say that the reason I've been reading this for over a week isn't because of its insufferable boringness. It's actually because of my insufferable workload as a high-school sophomore. If it were, say, the weekend when I started this, my review would've came in frantics and complete hysterics, full of gushing and an insurmountable number of typos.

ALL THESE LIVES is much different than I thought it was going to be. The story and the premise remind me slightly of Imaginary Girls (a
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just to refresh your memory, I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green this year. It dealt with kids who had cancer and limited life spans. It wrung my heart out to dry and I alternated between swooning at the delectable prose and wailing at the emotions being evoked by the same delectable (but so tragic) prose. I thought I was done with this theme for the rest of the year. However, for some odd reason, I found myself requesting All These Lives from Net Galley. My brain was screaming frantical ...more
Mar 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-galley

Don’t let the nine lives idea fool you, this is more of a sister-sister story, much like Imaginary Girls was with the major deduction of any paranormal element. I loved it though this is not necessarily what I feel for Dani, the MC.

I wanted to like her. And I did like her at first too. But she had very little qualms about who she was and what she did. She could be such a bully. She could be so mean. And I wanted to forgive her that fact. I was close to doing so several times in the book mai
you know one of the suckiest situations i sometimes gotta go through? loving an author through their blog and dyiiiing to get your hands on their book and then when you finally do, finding it impossible to get through. here's what it's like:

i. couldn't. stand. the MC in this book. dunno what's up with this but i haven't yet read a snarky MC who's snark i did not detest. the first every MC i wrote (who also is my favorite, incidentally) is like, a snark bomb, but when i read about other snarky MC
Oct 23, 2011 marked it as curious-about
The title made me think of reincarnation (meh), but this sounds even more interesting. :)
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All These Lives took me by complete surprise. I would never have imagined that I would like such a snarky and sarcastic protagonist, or that I would empathize with her guilt over being very much alive when her sister is walking a fine line between life and death. I thought All These Lives was going to be about the struggles of living with someone who has cancer. What I got was so much more!

Dani is not an easy character to like as she's actually a bit of a bully. Her snark is always intended to h
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5/5

All These Lives is one of those stories that presents us with a quick snapshot of a character’s life—no drawing us in with a beginning, complicating matters in the middle, and then dropping our jaws at the end, instead we arrive in the middle, spend some time, and leave still very much in the middle of the characters' timelines. Typically with this type of read emotional attachment is a bit shallower, our time with the protagonists so limited it's hard to feel as though we truly get
Mar 25, 2012 rated it liked it

All These Lives was surprising, in a really good way. Cancer stories feel manipulative to me, but this one worked because it was much less about Jena's cancer and much more about Dani -- Jena's twin sister -- dealing with being the girl who is very much alive and very much not sick. Dani's not the easiest character to read because she's sarcastic and she's not exactly pleasant, but she's easy to sympathize with.

I appreciated how at times it wasn't crystal clear what Dani was thinking. She d
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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All These Lives was an AMAZING contemporary. I read it earlier this, but I still remember it and I loved it. It was just so funny, so sweet and had such emotional depth (and was pretty sad), that it was one novel which was hard to forget.
I really love the concept of nine lives... and it's quite different to see it in a contemporary! You'd expect it to be in a paranormal (where it would quite literally be nine lives), but it's interest
Book Twirps
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow! What a powerful book. I must admit that I was a little thrown by the “nine lives” reference in the summary. I guess maybe I expected a touch of paranormal, or maybe magical realism here, kind of like Nova Ren Suma’s “Imaginary Girls”. The covers are very similar, but that’s where the similarity ends.

Sixteen-year-old Dani is a bit jaded with life. Her fraternal twin, Jena, has cancer and she’s slowly wasting away right before Dani’s eyes. What Dani doesn’t understand is why she is always so
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Dani has always been the lucky one. Her mother jokes that she and Dani have nine lives. What happens when her twin sister, Jena, contracts cancer and may not have nine lives. After all, she was never the lucky one.

Dani chooses to deal with her sister's cancer in an unusual way. She goes out of her way to try to lose her lives, hoping that one of them might go to Jena. She undergoes ridiculous trials and lands herself in trouble and in the hospital, but she does not seem to care. The reader will
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
In a book market that seems to be inundated with books about cancer, All These Lives holds it own.

Dani and Jena are twins. Jena is battling cancer, and is very sick. Deni has always been told by her mother that she has nine lives. As a way of coping with Jena's desperate situation, Dani tries to give some of her lives to Jena. She believes that if she gives up some lives, someone in the universe (hopefully Jena) will grab on to one of them. So Dani puts herself in some dangerous situations.

Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
All These Lives has a very emotional story wrapped up in a hard shell that is known as Dani. Dani's twin sister Jena has leukemia, and Dani doesn't know how to deal with it, so she avoids Jena. However, since Dani has been young, she has gotten into many near death experiences and escaped unscathed. Her mom kept on saying that she has 9 lives, nothing bad can happen to her Dani because she's apparently got lives to spare. Somehow Dani gets the idea that if she gets rid of some of these lives, at ...more
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Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
All These Lives has a very emotional story wrapped up in a hard shell that is known as Dani. Dani's twin sister Jena has leukemia, and Dani doesn't know how to deal with it, so she avoids Jena. However, since Dani has been young, she has gotten into many near death experiences and escaped unscathed. Her mom kept on saying that she has 9 lives, nothing bad can happen to her Dani because she's apparently got lives to spare. Somehow Dani gets the idea that if she gets rid of some of these lives, at ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
All These Lives is a very interesting book. I really enjoyed it. Our main character, Dani, is a character that every woman will love. She’s sarcastic, funny, and a loving person (even though she tried to hide it). The author did an amazing job creating such a character.

Dani thinks she has nine lives, and her twin, Jena, is a cancer patient. So Dani thinks she can save her sister by giving her one of her lives. The journey Dani go through to save her sister is dangerous, yet she willed herself to
Elizabeth Norris
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my absolute all time favorites, a book I could read over and over and over again. Dani is an amazing character and I laughed and cried with her. And Jack Penner, oh my gosh, dorky Jack Penner, I love you.
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I thought the general idea of this book was interesting, and it drew me in. It s about a girl with cancer and is toold from the perspective of her twin sister who is trying, in her own unique way, to come to terms with her sister's illness and to help her sister. I liked the nine lives framework as well.

I thught Jack's presence in the story didn't add much, and it just felt like "we have ti put some kind of romance or quasi-romance, so let's write hi in". And Dani's female friends' characters w
Thikrayat Al-aradi
May 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Why did I waste my time reading that book? Oh right was stuck in hospital with dad and had nothing else to do but read whatever available.. at first book seemed kinda intresting, I've been spending my whole week in the emergency ward, and the people in the book were in a hospital too; a family member struggling with illness, that seemed appropriate I guess.

But nothing really happens in the book, there is no character development, there is barely any development in the love interest the heroine h
Anya Zhang
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who love Paper Things, and the Touch series
To me, this book makes me have mixed feelings. It has powerful language, but sometimes I want to throw a chair at Dani for the choices that she makes. There's no question that this book has a meaningful message, and I made me learn from Dani's experiences. The only thing I didn't like about the story was that the plot kind of switched off sometimes and Dani never really learned from her choices until the very end. ...more
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
Dani's twin sister Jena has leukemia. Things are not going well. Dani's mother has always said she has nine lives. She survived an accident and a chest infection when she was younger. Maybe she can give one of her extra lives to Jena.
It was a good story. I was expecting it to get super emotional - I told Vienna "I hope that I don't end up crying terribly at the end". I didn't cry terribly, but I did tear up just a little.
Brooke Russell
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
All lives lives is a wonderful piece of work but there are some down sides. In my opinion I am not a huge fan of when she is at school it does just not interest me. I normally read historical fiction so this is a bit different to me but I do not regret getting this book. Some pages are better then others but overall it is a good book.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
This one has been on my TBR forever but I recently just got this. Unfortunately, this was really disappointing.

The main character Dani wasn’t very like-able and the story just seemed to jump around a lot.
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
I like how the story features a pair of sisters and how Dani tries to cope with her sister's cancer. The narration felt distant with Dani focusing on the outside or giving info dumps about the past. I understand that Dani has her way of coping, but it made it difficult to connect with her. ...more
Callie Berrett
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heart-wrenching and beautiful.
it wasnt really my type i hope other people will like it..
Emily Towle
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
this book was really confusing and I personly didn't like it ...more
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: melodrama-llamas
Danielle Bailey's mother has always told her that she has nine lives. Now that her fraternal twin sister Jena has leukemia, the possibility that she has “extra” lives is all that Dani can think about. She begins going downhill emotionally, academically, and socially as she struggles to cope with Jena's illness and her inability to do anything about it. Desperate to help her sister and feeling guilty for her own perfect health, Dani puts herself in ever-more dangerous situations in hopes that Jen ...more
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