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I'll Be Seeing You

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  3,920 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Carley Mattea never expected to become friends with a boy as handsome as Kyle Westin--especially not in the hospital. Seventeen-year-old Kyle was blinded when a chemistry experiment exploded. His doctors don't know whether he'll get his vision back, and he's deeply depressed. Carley understands how miserable it is to be in the hospital. At sixteen, she's had plenty of expe ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Laurel Leaf
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Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-physical
“People can't help the way they look, just the way they act.”

This was cute. Carly is in the hospital after breaking her leg but it's not her first visit - when she was younger, they found her headaches were from a tumor and had to operate. The operation left her changed - her face not the same it was before.

Carly faces the world with humor. It's a little dark and sometimes she over does it, but at least she is facing the world. I think Carly's frustrations with people not being nice and being s
May 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-lit-class
This romance novel is about a girl named Carley who has a terrible facial deformity. While in the hospital with a broken leg, she meets a boy named Kyle who has temporarily lost his eyesight because of a chemistry experiment that went terribly wrong. The two kind of seem to fall in love, but Carley is too frightened to tell Kyle that she is secretly ugly, and her refusal to see him almost ruins their friendship/romance. I think that Lurlene McDaniel’s intentions in writing this novel were initi ...more
Jay girl not boy
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Growing up this was on my top 10 list of favorite books. It's a short novel and although I would have loved at least 100 more pages or a sequel, I can't help but love this book. I discovered this book as a teenager and read it all in one night, going to school glassy eyed from not sleeping. hehe.

The story of Carly and Kyle is just lovely. Carly represents so many girls.. If you've ever been insecure about yourself, lack confidence, been teased for the way you look, or have a sister who is gorge
Tara Pearce
Oct 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: english-420
So I ended up giving this romance novel one star, but I will admit I debated over whether this should be ranked with a "Meh" or "I want those hours of my life back" and I sided with the latter. It was a pretty painful read for me and I am a fairly tolerant reader. Luckily it was a quick read because I think my roommate would have gotten sick of all of my mumblings and grumblings and exasperated sighs. I wasn't too fond of any of the characters and Carley's jokes were painful. It was like listeni ...more
Nov 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
I'll Be Seeing You really opened my eyes. The challenges you face when you’re not perfect are extraordinary. The book takes you on a life journey of wanting to be normal. And a love story between two young adults that are lost because neither one is normal.

This book is the best book I've read in years. I couldn’t put it down. All a young adult this book grabbed my attention from the first page. No one knows what it’s like to be abnormal and Lurlene does an awesome job at describing it. While I
Alex Larsen
May 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Sixteen year old Carley suffers from a facial deformity that was a result of having tumor removed from her brain. Though she recovers, she finds herself spending a little bit of time in the hospital again for an unrelated injury, and this is where she meets Kyle. Kyle has gone blind from a science experiment gone wrong, and this gives Carley the opportunity to get to know him without having to deal with her facial deformity. However, she is not completely honest with Kyle, and this ends up being ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The romance between Carly and Kyle is just beautiful. And I always appreciate a good beauty and the beast story (although in this case the roles are reverse and the damsel is the "dog-face"). But the beautiful thing about this adaption is that the moral of the story goes beyond saying that everyone deserves love no matter what their appearance is, but it also gives us Carly, a girl that most young teens can relate to. Most young girls might feel a little insecure about their appearances,
Allison Morgan
Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-420
Genre: Romance/Lurlene McDaniel

Sixteen-year-old Carly's face is deformed after surgery when she was twelve-years-old. After staying in the hospital for knee surgery four years later, she meets Kyle, a boy her age who has temporarily lost his sight. As Carly and Kyle grow closer as friends, Carly begins to fear Kyle gaining his sight back because she doesn't want him to see her deformed face.

This is the second Lurlene McDaniels book I've read and it is very similar to the first. With poor writin
Aug 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. I was reading it so I could go to sleep (I can't seem to sleep without reading anymore woops =D) and I just couldn't stop reading. I knew I had to wake up early in the morning the next day but I just wanted to know what was going to happen.

I was able to relate to Carely a lot since I went through a difficult stage of having severe acne. The whole story was well-written. I love how the author solved aloof problems, such as the relationship between the main character's
I read this book all in one day and was surprised. It had a good ending!! I was happy about that. This book is very sweet at the end but also in a way annoying because Carley doesn't trust Kyle to still like even after he can see her face which is partially deformed. She lies and even uses her sister to prevent herself from getting hurt. Eventually though after a long time she gets proven wrong in that she thought that Kyle would never go for a girl like her who "isn't pretty." One thing I didn' ...more
Nov 06, 2009 rated it liked it
I chose this book because the back-cover blurb reminded me of a short story called "Jared" that I really like to use with students--similar situation that the main character faces.
I was very interested in the plot, but not at all taken with the writer's style. However, it was very straightforward, and I will recommend the book to adolescent readers, especially those who might need a fairly quick, easy read.
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was about a girl named Carley made friends with a guy named Kyle and they meet at the hospital. Kyle's eye was blinded by the chemical explosion he performed. Carley is worried that if Kyle gets his vision back, would he abandoned her as friend because she is not "pretty."
In this story, I learned that not everything in the world is based on appearance. There is always other factors that effects the inside of something and would cover the importance of appearance.
Ashley dillon
May 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
Another one by lurlene Mcdaniel that i thought to be poorly written. yes, it had a great idea behind it, and the relationship between the main characters was pretty cute. but really, no one acts like that. it was an easy read and i got thru it pretty quickly. wasnt horrible but could have been alot bettter.
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book!! I have read it several times and I just can't get enough of it. Lurlene McDaniel is an amazing writer, she truly understands the hardships that young adults must go through. I have read several of her novels and find them all amazing. ...more
May 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Sheer rumor: Lurlene listens to police scanners and visits hospitals
during bouts of writer's block.

Paytience K.
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
To see or not to see that is question. Even if you have the ability to see some times you never truely see.
The fisrt book that I haven't really cried like a baby from Ms. Mcdaniel great story!! ...more
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first novel by this author that I've read. I have to say that I became so engrossed in the story that when it ended, I was surprised. Despite this being a young adult novel for older teens, because most of the book takes place in a hospital, I forgot that I was reading a YA novel.

What I enjoyed about this book was the interaction between the characters. I especially enjoyed the two sisters. The relationship, if we can call it that, between Carley and her sister's boyfriend was intere
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-2012
Out of the three books in True Love, i liked this one the best. First of there was humor, since Carly was the type of person to have something funny to say. And then there's Kyle, who's momentarily blind. Carly, despite being "ugly" because of cancer's effect, was a beautiful person, other than the fact that she lied to Kyle, she was a character i liked. And that's why i liked this book. Society these days only like you if you're good looking. You can be the worst actor, singer, etc... and just ...more
Bailey Stanley
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
*Correction 3.5 stars. *
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Although it was not my favorite Lurlene McDaniel book, It was still pretty well written. My reason for the 3.5 stars is pretty much all because of the ending. Now this review contains Spoilers so be prepared.
I'll Be Seeing You is about a girl named Carley who is in the hospital because of an infection in her broken leg. But there is a catch, she had brain cancer and because of the surgery to remove the tumor from her brain, she is le
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Carley Mattea had a tumor in her face and now it is very scarred. She is in the hospital because she broke her leg roller blading. She meets Kyle, who was burned in a chemical explosion at school and is blinded. Carley's room is right next to Kyle's so she hangs out with him. She is very self conscious about her face and likes the fact that Kyle can't see her. They become very good friends. Carley's sister Jan is one of her greatest supporters, even masquerading as Carley when Kyle's friends com ...more
Oct 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
This was a quick fun read that was granted cheesy and slightly ridiculous, but it had a good message and I have found that these novels have an immense attraction to young teenage girls. This was my first McDaniels book, but my sisters have read dozens of them and absolutely love them. This one is the story of a young girl who has recovered from cancer, but it left her facial deformed. While in the hospital she meets and falls in love with a boy who has been blinded by a chemistry explosion. The ...more
Ashlyn Lopez
The book " I'll Be Seeing You " is about the boy and this girl become close friends when they are both in the hospital at the same time. Carley's face was deformed at birth, but Kyle is this gorgeous guy who is blind at the moment so he can't see Carley. But Kyle isn't going to be blind forever so when he is able too see again Carley is worried that he won't like her anymore. So she lies and has her sister pretend to be her when they both get out of the hospital and Kyle is able to see again. Ca ...more
Chelsea Eller
Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a good book but I was disappointed in the ending. I wasn't happy about the way that Kyle responded to Carley when he first saw her face. I know she should have told him up front,and I didn't like how she lied to him, but you know it had to crush her the way he reacted when he first saw it and the harsh words he used before he left. I was shocked to read about the event at the very end that brought them back together, but it just left me hanging. I was wanting to know more that would hap ...more
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Joe Orozco
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
He lost his sight from a chemistry experiment gone bad. She lost her beauty after a cancer was removed. He finds comfort in her company, but she is determined never to let him see her as she really is.

As far as young adult romance goes, this one is a fair shot. As a blind individual myself, the inevitable clichés were a little annoying, but overall I thought the book made for a decent weekend read. As another reviewer pointed out, the ending could have made for a neater package, but all in all I
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is so sweet! It is a heartwarming book that also had a valuable lesson to it that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. It's what's on the inside that counts, and this book holds that strong value. My one and only complaint about this book is that sometimes the dialogue didn't really sound natural and Carley cracked too many cheesy jokes, but that's easy to look past. This book was really hard to put down and I finished it in 2 days. If you want to read a sweet young adult love s ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Tairyn Loewe
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
McDaniel did it again! This book was more light hearted than others I’ve read by her, but very well done. The wit of Carley was classic and dark, and worked well for the character. Kyle was just the right amount of emotional rollercoaster for his type of character with a big heart. The lies were getting a bit ridiculous by the end but all in all, I really enjoyed it.
Keely Sherer
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great easy book to read! What a great reminder to see with your heart and not with your eyes and that everyone is beautiful even if they aren’t “normal”! I totally wish there was more, I hate that it ended so soon! Totally needs a sequel called “I see you”!
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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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