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Till Death Do Us Part

(April Lancaster #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,285 ratings  ·  95 reviews
The doctor's diagnosis for April Lancaster is not good. April has a brain tumor which cannot be operated on. She's only 18, and her future is uncertain. But when she meets Mark Gianni, a 21-year-old with a passion for car racing, things change.Mark is handsome and charming--and has cystic fibrosis. Despite herself, April falls completely in love with him. April says yes wh ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published June 9th 1997 by Starfire (first published June 1st 1997)
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Oct 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
Romance/Fatal Illness

So, for those who love cheesy romance novels, McDaniel has produced yet another, perfect cardboard cutout. There's not really much else to say. We meet both of our protagonists, who are dying of terminal illness, but of course they are meant for each other, and insist on marrying despite the odds. What a pity that - with a terminal illness - they are doomed to die. It's a quick read, but you will have to stomach nasty stereotypes, bad prose, and sickening sentimentality. But
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
April is living the life of your average American teenager. She's popular at school, she close with her group of friends, she's dating the school's star soccer player. Everything is going her way. Until she faints in class and learns that a brain tumor has taken up residence in her head.

This is a bit of bad luck for our girl, April. But it does allow her to meet Mark. While her soccer star boyfriend couldn't handle her being sick, Mark understands. You see, he has cystic fibrosis, so he'
Kelsie Meiser
Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Isabelle Medina
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really love this book it is about this girl named April Lancaster,she had cancer so she had to go to the hospital when she was there they had told her that she had a brain tumor.While she was in the hospital this random boy went in her room and was flirting with April ,but she turned him down because she had a boyfriend but after a while when they were starting to be friends she started having feelings for him. So she decieded to break up with her boyfriend for the other boy named Mark. When M ...more
James Gordon
Dec 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
April has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Mark has been suffering from cystic fibrosis since he was born. While they don’t have much in common, they help each other suffer through their pains and sicknesses and find happiness living for love. When the two decide to get married with no support from either family, they learn how hard it is to fight against everything keeping them apart. Mark’s love for racing cars has always been a debate in his home. His mother is against it because of the poo ...more
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-420
This Romance novel by Lurlene McDaniel is about two people with physical and mental challenges meeting and falling in love. April Lancaster is 18 years old when she is admitted into the hospital for a growing brain tumor. There she meets Mark Gianni who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Mark likes April but April's boyfriend is still in the picture. April's boyfriend dumps her though when she gets diagnosed and so she and Mark can pursue a relationship. The two get engaged, even though their parents ...more
Kim Carlson
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think this was a very heartbreaking true love story. Throughout this whole book Lurlene helps portray the part of how not to judge someone by whats on the outside but rather by what's on the inside. In this book a young girl learns that she has cancer for the second time and while she is at the hospital getting tests she meets a young man who has CF. Upon meeting each other, he tells her that he will marry her some day. As April keeps receiving bad news, she turns toward him for comfort. They ...more
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was about a girl named April and she was 18. Because of her health problems, her future is uncertain. She has brain tumor and could not be operated on. She meet Mark who loves car racing and they both fell in love with each other. Mark proposed to her and she said yes. However, Mark got into an accident and his cystic fibrosis worsened. April is struggling to make a decision.
I think that this book is inspiring and really relates to readers because people would face different challenge
Sandy Yang
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Death is a very serious matter, and so is love. Will you still let yourself love someone is you knew that they'd be gone very soon? April Lancaster can. This book reminds me of Romeo and Juliet, where they can love each other to DEATH.
April Lancaster had everything. Her parents handled her with care, her friends adored her, and life carefree. But it changed after she met Mark Gianni. They met in the hospital, and Mark is awaiting death. The young man fell for April, and after many conversation
Mikaela R
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Kristine Shahverdyan
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
The book "Till Death do Us Apart" is about a girl named April Lancaster how was a brain tumor. She got a fortune cooke that read "be prepared". Because of her tumor she htought she would never be the same. One day she meet this handsome man named Mark, which has cystic fibrosis. Mark, helps her deal with her illness and they seem to fall in love. However, everyone is against them being together. Even when he proposes to her they are still against the marriage. Howvere, kinda of like Romeo and J ...more
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Lurlene McDaniel is famous for her young adult novels about death, sickness and coming to terms with them. In this book, April has a recurrance of her child hood brain tumor, leading her to meet a young man with cystic fibrosis. After being dumped by her boyfriend, she begins hanging out with him and they eventually fall in love due to their shared health problems. As a teen, I found Lurlene's books very an adult, I found April to be very naive and somewhat bratty and unrealistic ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good. It's a romantic,and sad book but it's really good. My favorite part about it is when Mark first saw April he fell in love with her. And stopped by her hospital room and introduced himself. He told her that they should get to know each other, sense she was the girl that he intend to marry. This author is so amazing at writing these books. There so good and I in joy reading them. I'm ready to read another book of hers. But I don't know witch one yet there's so many to pick fr ...more
Darius Christian
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
18-year-old April Lancaster, the child of Janice and Hugh Lancaster, enters the hospital for testing as she has been suffering from headaches, blackouts, and eventually passed out in English class. Her boyfriend Chris gets distant when her worst fears were confirmed.. Her brain tumor has came back from when she was a child. During this time, April becomes close with Mark Gianni, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, and has been in and out of the hospital since he was born. Mark is very interested i ...more
Nov 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who is interested in medicine and loves romance novels
This story breaks my heart everytime I read it. I started reading Lurlene McDaniel in middle school and fell in love with her stories and characters. I realized that the characters, such as April Lancaster, were people that I really couldn't connect with in a good way. April has a brain tumor and falls in love with a Cystic Fibrosis man named Mark. There's no way that I could identify with either of the characters and how much fear or pain they went through but McDaniel makes every character eng ...more
Olivia Parsons
Occasionally the writing in this book got a bit annoying, but I could look past that a bit just because of how much I adored the plot. This was one heart breaking novel, and it only gets more depressing when you read the sequel. I absolutely loved Mark. He was so cute and dorky, and I found the way the two of them met to be unbelievably cute. The book was maybe a little too absorbed in the romance factor, but was a bit evened out with April's worsening sickness and Mark's cystic fibrosis. Overal ...more
Heidi Stone
Sep 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: english-420
It was ok... I thought that it was just a little bit sappy and predicatable, but I am not a huge sappy romance book reader. I thought that McDanile created interesting and vibrant characters that were engaging. As a story line? Didn't like it so much. I found that it was a very predictable plot that I could have guess five pages in. I don't really like those books, I like to be kept guessing (same thing with movies). I thought that the end was touching where she showed up in her wedding dress, b ...more
Melissa P
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Whitney Henkel
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-romance
This book is definitely worth reading. It is a romantic young adult novel that takes the reader through the normal trials of teenage romance. True to her style, author Lurlene McDaniel adds in a tale of woe that leaves readers sobbing by the end of the book. It is this aspect that gives depth to the story and succeeds in readers begging for more. This book is a must read! As a future English teacher, I would suggest this book for students age twelve to fifteen.
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
As always Lurlene weaves a beautiful tale of tragic young love. Prepare to cry as yet another young person is diagnosed with a horrible disease and must struggle to over come. But April not only must overcome her own illness, but that of the boy she loves.
I cry every time I read one of her books. They are short reads but full of feeling. Emotional roller coasters all the way.
Jessica Evans
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I love this book! I went to a small school and we didn't have many good books but I seen this so checked it out. I was so addicted to this book my mom had to take it away so I would sleep. Ever since then I've almost read all of Lurlene McDaniel's books.
Cady Hollowell
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was so touching. I kind of wish I knew more about what happens with April and her condition, but there is a very powerful lesson in this book. Love is a very powerful thing, and I loved reading about these characters stories.
Telana Poe
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Hannah Dierker
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I normally don't like love stories but I started this one and couldn't put it down. As so as I had read it cover to cover I have to run to the store to buy the next one. I love it I could read it over and over.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it
It was good, but I felt that the story was way too rushed. There was a lot of telling instead of showing. Definitely not my favorite Lurlene McDaniel book.
Kianna Fisher
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is super good book, if you're into sad love books! You need to read this!
Charlene Waldron
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book and the following 2 books in the story. One of my all time favorites, even as a young adult/teen.
Isabela Libby
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book throughout but the ending was a letdown.
Elizabeth Mckernan
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
this book was very sad
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. I was a(n) emotional rollercoaster as well.
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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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