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Kathleen's Story

(Angels in Pink #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,294 ratings  ·  109 reviews
It's the summer after sophomore year and Raina has convinced her best friends since the sixth grade, Kathleen and Holly, to spend their summer as "pink angels" in Parker-Sloan General Hospital's summer volunteer program. Kathleen is reluctant to do it - she has enough responsibility at home caring for her sick mother. But when she meets Carson, a cute and flirty fellow vol ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published December 28th 2004)
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Oct 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Everyone needs some fun every once in a while. Kathleen thinks that she has too much responsibility at home and doesn't have time for fun or time to volunteer as a Pink Angel with her friends. Lurlene McDaniel's Angels in Pink (Kathleen's Story) kept me on the edge of my seat with the constant action and different points of view by the different characters.
Kathleen McKensie's home life is not the kind of life that anyone would want to trade theirs for. Her mother, Mary Ellen, has multiple scle
Alixus James
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
You will love this book if you like young adult romance. The book is about Kathleen and her friends volunteer at a hospital. Although in the first place Kathleen didn't want to do anything with her summer. Until when her friend and her get to the hospital and Kathleen meets Carson. Carson the bad boy but also very sweet to Kathleen and Kathleen's I'll mother. I would recommend this book to anyone who like romance.
Emma Woinowski
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Kathleen is struggling between home and her outside life. She's the main caregiver to her wheelchair-bound mother, her mom has multiple sclerosis. When Kathleen was seven years old, her Dad died in a car crash when hit by a drunken driver, and Mom spent months in the hospital recuperating from her injuries. While Kathleen struggles with guilt when she is away from Mom, She feels like that she should be home taking care of her instead of out having fun with her friends.Holly looks to the voluntee ...more
Dec 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Girls
This book is about three girls Raina, kathleen, and Holly, who join a summer volunteer program at Parker-Sloan General Hospital. Holly works done in the Childrens wing reading and doing crafts with all the children. Raina works as a runner. Moving patients to surgerys and getting them medicine and food, things like that. Lastly Kathleen works in the office center by filing papers. During the volunteer program Kathleen meets the nauthiest boy namedd Carson and doesn't always want to be attracted ...more
Jun 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Even though this book is supposed to revolve around one of three best friends, Kathleen, I found that it was divided pretty evenly between the three girls. Kathleen's mother is afflicted with multiple sclerosis, which adds a human interest element to the plot that makes the reader sympathetic to Kathleen's struggles. This is also makes it quite understandable as to why Kathleen would be attracted to bad-boy Carson -- she lives such a controlled life that she needs some rebellion and unpredictabi ...more
Jun 26, 2010 added it
Shelves: 2010
Review by Rachelle Capitaine:
This book was about Kathleen who is having major problems because she lost her father and she has to take care of her mother when she has a disorder and is in a wheelchair. So now Kathleen decided to get a job at the hospital because her two best friends Raina and Holly wanted her to and they are really close friends. Now that Kathleen works at the hospital with her two best friends because she likes to help sick people feel better when she is in a relationship with
Angel Tsang
Jun 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by a friend who thought that we could really relate to it and that the plot was interesting. It is about a girl whose in her sophomore year like I was last year and she is just like us and does community service. Her name is Kathleen and she was volunteering at a hospital where she begins to have feelings for a guy named Carson. I thought that I was able to connect with her because I feel that doing community service and contributing to the world gives us a purpos ...more
Maria E
Oct 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009q1
As if having to volunteer at the hospital everyday isn't enough, you have to go home and take care of your sick mother. Lurlene McDaniel's Angels in Pink is a great read. It's genre would be realistic fiction. Angels in Pink is about three best friends, Kathleen, Raina, and Holly, who decide to help at a volunteer program at the hospital. Kathleen's father died in a car accident when she was a child. Now it's her responsiblity to take care of her sick mother. On top of that she meets, Carson, on ...more
Shante' Roland
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
The book was very good. It was about three best friends volunteering for the Pink Angels. The girl Kathleen meets this guy named Carson and at first she claims she dont like him but she really does, so he asked her on a date. She didnt want to but she decided to give it a try. In the middle of the book Holly, the youngest became really close with this 5 year old boy who has chemo and she was excited that he was feeling better and got to go home. Towards the end Kathleen's mother was found on the ...more
Debbie Henderson
Dec 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Genre: fiction, romance
Issues: real and false love, death, Internet relationships, trust

Best friends Kathleen, Raina, and Holly volunteer together in a hospital for one more summer and their last school year. Together they must cope with a first boyfriend, an Internet boyfriend, and a dead boyfriend. They learn to love one another more than ever before as well as develop their own independence.

The story might be a canned, predictable one, but it was still a fairly easy and enjoyable read. The pl
Xu Li
Sep 19, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: senior
This book was recommended to me from a friend.Reading this book reminded me of what what I did during the summer of my sophomore year and the things my best friends did during the same summer. The book is about three best friends who spend their summer volunteering at this hospital. Even if my best friends and I did different things, we experienced new things like the girls in this book. I spend the summer in Florida. One of my best friends spent the summer in China, while the other spent it in ...more
May 08, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a book I saw other people read so I decided to read it too! I should have read it when I was a sophomore because the protagonist is a sophomore. I could relate to her because I have to do community service too! The main character, Kathleen, volunteers at the hospital with her friends. She actually likes to volunteer unlike some people who do it for graduating. At the volunteer, she meets a guy and she starts to like him. In every teen book, they add some kind of romance in it because it ...more
Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
i am done with this book. all of those people who want a sad book that they can't put down, pick up this one. its about a girl who volunteers with her friends at an hostpital, and it tells the story about all of them, but mostly Kathleen. Her mothers in a wheelchair and she doesn't have a father. She found what seems to be a good guy and something happens that could change her life... forever... (don! don! don!! don!) You will love this book, you'll cry and smile and foever love Angels in Pink!! ...more
Meghan Miller
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of how, Kathleen a 16 year old girl, is dealing with the death of her father and the sickness of her mother. She has so much responsibility and never has any fun. So when her friends ask her about volunteering at a hospital she isn't so sure about it. Her mother doesn't want her to because she thinks she needs her at all hours of the day but Kathleen finally gives in and agrees to go. She meets thins trouble maker boy and falls for him. She ends up having more fun than ...more
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this a few years ago. It is a YA book and, although I'm only a few years older, I think I prefer not to reread it since I feel those few years will make me feel differently about the book, and I really don't want to spoil the first impression I have of it. For teens, or anyone interested in YA books, this is a very inspiring story about sickness and mother and daughter relationships. It really helps to cope with real life sorrows and leaves a hopeful feeling. No matter how older I get, I' ...more
Sep 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: q1-2008
Kathleen isn't too happy when her friends Raina and Holly decide to volunteer at the hospital over the summer, but she gets sucked into doing it too. The reason Kathleen is so reluctant to go with them is simple - her father was killed in a car accident and her mom has multiple sclerosis (MS), and Kathleen thinks she's seen far too many hospitals before. Over the course of the summer, the three friends go through a lot - boyfriends, new friends, perks of their new job, and a possibly life-changi ...more
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book in my opinion was the best from the angels in pink series./ I haven't really read the other ones but i don't want to because i heard something bad happens though i don't want to ruin the book for other people. This book is about a girl named Kathleen and her best friends Raina and Holly.Her mother has multiple sclerosis and feels the need to take care of her at Kathleen's expense. In the summer they volunteer at the hospital and Kathleen meets a guy named Carson and the experiences she ...more
Sep 06, 2007 rated it liked it
I'm starting a Lurlene McDaniel book club at my library. Miz Lurlene has written at least five billion books, all about terminally-ill teens. It's a creepy but lucrative obsession: her books are really popular. In this series, she follows three girls who volunteer at their local hospital. I just started the first volume. There are lots of italics.
oops, I just peeked ahead to the end:
"'I hate being sick,' Ben said emphatically...'Am I still your boyfriend?'"

Update, 9/28. I finished the book. Ben
Paige W
Oct 19, 2010 rated it liked it
This book wasn't the best but it wasn't the worst. Kathlene was starting to like this one boy named Carson. Carson's parents worked with Kathlene's parents at the hospital. Carson threw a party for his birthday and invited Kathlene and her friends. After Kathlene and her friends left everyone at the party got in to trouble because they were drinking beer and doing other bad stuff, and the worst part is Carson's parents aren't at home.
Jul 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Kathleen has been taking care of her mother for 6 years, being the sole care giver after her father died in a car accident. Kathleen's mother has MS and is confined to a wheelchair.
Her friends convince her to start volunteering at the local hospital to help give her more of a "life". THere she meets Carson, the rebel, bad boy, and son of 2 excellent doctors. Despite her refusing, she finds herself falling for him.

Will she date him or will he leave her like she's been warned of??
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the only book I have read in the Angels in Pink story but its a good book. I havent really gotten into this book as much as her other novels but its still good. It tells the story about this girl named Kathleen who volunteers at a hospital over the summer. She meets some people that change her life that she would go above and beyond for. For Lurlene McDaniel its still good but not one of my favorites.
Areeba Imam
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
first in the trilogy series; Kathleen, Raina and Holly, best friends since sixth grade are planning to join the Pink Angels volunteer program but Kathleen have enough responsibilities at home. With her friends by her side and the new special person in her life, Carson; will Kathleen be able to realize what everything means to her.

Brilliantly written and the sketch of a teenagers' life, the book makes its place in making us realize what the world really holds.
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who enjoy series and interesting books
Recommended to Roxana by: Lisbeth
This is the most recent book i've read, and I think it's the best so far. I'm not really those types of people that read series (excluding The Twilight Saga). But this one is very different. This book is about Kathleen and her 3 best friends. Kathleen's mom has multiple sclerosis and she is "her servant" in her friends eyes. Her bffs Raina and Holly and her volunteer in a hospital for the summer and it's a life changing experience for them.
Kaitlyn Crawford
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Kathleens story is really good shes good at convinceing people to do things caring and kind like working for the pink angles she hardly spends a day with out being there but mostly after school she is kind she works with people with kimo licke emily she trys to be caring but some times get very frustrated and annoyed then she rlizes that she need to cool down
Sep 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
3 best friends, Kathleen, Raiana and Holly volunteer at a local hospital for the summer. This book is wonderful because its about what we go through as includes the strength of friendship, love relationships, self image, and family. It's really a great book. Another on aced by Lurlene Mcdaniel!
Shay Hardman
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Angels in Pink: Kathleen's story is a truly remarkable story and I highly recommend the series and any other book by Lurlene McDaniel. Many girls will be able to relate to this story, especially those who feel insecure and shy. The friendship, love, and hardships that fill the pages of this novel are not only endearing, but are also inspiring.
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was really good. I liked the romance of the story. I love Carson's character because he is witty and a big flirt, but he is good for Kathleen. This date is an estimation and i rememeber reading one of the books in this series over the summer on my grandma's bed, but i don't think it was this book.
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
All three of the Angels in Pink books, were absolutely amazing! I have read so many books, but this is my all time favorite! It was an emotional roller coaster ride, and I felt like I was in the story going through exactly what they were going through. I laughed when they did, and I cried when they did. They were the best books I have ever read and I cannot wait to go back and read them again!
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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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Angels in Pink (3 books)
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