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Reach for Tomorrow (One Last Wish #12)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,084 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Katie O'Roark is thrilled to learn that Jenny House is being rebuilt. After the fire last year, Katie thought she could never return to the camp, where she spent the summers with teens like her who faced medical odds stacked against them. But thanks to Richard Holloway's efforts, Katie and her longtime friends Lacey and Chelsea will work as counselors once again. They'll b ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published July 13th 1999 by Laurel Leaf
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Aishuu Depends on the girl. All of the One Last Wish books are tear-jerkers and deal with death. Most of them made me cry as a teenager, but that was…moreDepends on the girl. All of the One Last Wish books are tear-jerkers and deal with death. Most of them made me cry as a teenager, but that was cathartic for me. That said, they are at a reading level ten year olds can handle, and are very innocent/white washed characters. (less)

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Keshia Burchette
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book as always. Love Lurlene McDaniel!
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very beautiful story. Very encouraging.
Tiffany Sosa
Reach for Tomorrow was a really good book, in my opinion. The book is about how Katie goes to this camp and sees her ex-boyfriend,Josh Martel, and they are counselors at the camp. Later throughout the book, they had a tug-of-war over a mud pit, and they wanted to see who would win against the guys and girls, and obviously the guys won. also, there is more crushing and go on dates with the other characters. Josh Martel got in an accident and went to the hospital to get checked up on soon after th ...more
Bailey B
I thought that Reach for tomorrow was a great book. I’ve read a lot of her books so far and most of the One last wish books. This book was very interesting. Katie O’Rark and her former boy friend Josh Martel still have feelings for each other but wont tell each other. After some of the boys ran of to see the construction Josh goes to look for them the horse gets spooked and Josh ends up I the hospital with. Katie realizes how much she loves him and they end up getting married. This is one of my ...more
Katie Henson
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
this book is fiction, with many real qualities throughout the book. I think the authors purpose for Reach for Tomorrow was to entertain the audience by pulling at your heart strings, and she achieved it. for me there was no real weaknesses for the book, but it had many strengths. for example the author uses imagery, so you can visualize what is going on in every part of the book. I do recommend this to anyone, but I will warn it can be sad in some parts, so have some tissues. " I let you go last ...more
Bethany Sapp
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a great book.This book was about The Jenny House being rebuilt and a new set of counselors and kids come to the camp.The Jenny House was a camp for kids with health problems.Sarah was one of the girls in the story who had health problems.Her problem was that she recently got a bone marrow transplant before she went to the camp.Later on in the story Sarah's bone marrow fails and she dies.As a result she is not able to make it to Josh and Katie's wedding that was at the Jenny House Chapel ...more
Sep 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody who is willing to read it
Lurlene McDaniel shows her true colors with this book Reach For Tomorrow. It has all of her characters from the One Last Wish series, whats really good about this book is you dont have to read all the other books from the series to understand this one. This book shows the hardships of relationships and the way she captures the children and their sicknesses is amazing. Im not much of a cryer but the first time i read this book I cried.
Harley Turner
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was amazing to read all the loose ends from the various One Last Wish books tied up.
I was always curious about whether or not Morgan went in for his test after losing Anne. I love the way Lurlene McDaniel referenced the results without actually saying it.
As always, it's horrible when one of her character dies, but in the world that she writes, it can't be helped.
The ending was perfect.
I would have liked to know if anything ever happened between Chelsea and Eric though.
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
2 1/2 if I could.

I read all of these books when I was younger. Some were better than I remembered. Most were just OK (I honestly don't think I could ever rate a Lurlene McDaniel book anything higher than three stars). Once the characters start recurring there are several continuity issues. Nothing that hugely impacts the stories, just somewhat annoying.

This one is a nice ending to the series. It wraps up all the characters' storylines satisfactorily.
May 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I took a stroll down memory lane with this book. When I was in junior high, I ate up Lurlene McDaniel books and I wanted to revisit them. Reading the book was the literary equivalent of watching a soap opera, which definitely has its place, but isn't my thing anymore. The writing was, I don't know, lumpy, I guess and the plot was melodramatic and treacly at best. However, I did have fun blowing through it!
Coryn N
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It is one of the best books I have read so far. The ending was probably the best part of the book. It’s not at all what you expected, but it was a great surprise! I didn’t picture them getting married, and for them to get married at the Jenny House made the book that much greater! Anyone should read this book, it shows how you have to be brave and strong to make it through the worst situations. It also shows that it’s possible to survive such horrible things!
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This was a great book to sum up the wonderful One Last Wish series of Lurlene McDaniel's. I have been a fan from her since I was young and recently found there were quite a few of these books I hadn't read. Needless to say I was VERY excited. LOVE HER! She brought tears to my eyes, and I feel like she really does get the feeling of illness right. It's amazing. No other words fit.
Aurora Salazar
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Reach for tomorrow is the last book in the One Last Wish Foundation series. It bring mostly all the characters of the series together into one big story...from Morgan to Katie to Lacey to Megan and Eric.
I will not write a review because of the limited space I have and if this were and essay here go my 50 paged essay. Please read the book because it is wonderful; and full of surprises!
Mikaela R
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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Mary Bronson
I really liked this book. I thought it was touching and heartwarming. It is like she combined all of the main characters from the different One Wish books and brought all of them into one book. I loved the ending and how Katie and Josh got married.
Maggie Barcenas
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once you start these books, its hard not to put them down. Lurlene is a very talented woman. She knows how to pull at your heart- strings. These are perfect for those wanting to pursue a career in the medical field.
This is the most illness porn book of all of them.
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good!
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
The ending was a little abrupt, but other than that, I have to say that I love this series and probably always will
Dalesha R
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and actully all the books in this series and all of her books, eat one makes me want another and i cant put then down till i finish it.
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Katie has recived a letter from JWC Foundation asking her if she would like to volunteer once again at Jenny House now that it has been rebuilt.
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love it ! I couldn't stop reading this book. At least their was a happy ending in this book. (,:
Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I used to love these books when I was younger, but I somehow missed this one. This is a nice conclusion to the One Last Wish series.
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Love this book!!!
This book was okay, except for all the religious stuff. I liked the characters, but seriously. Too much is too much. It's a nice conclusion that wraps most of the characters from the series up.
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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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