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As Long as We Both Shall Live (April Lancaster #1-2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,139 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
A change is coming, April Lancaster’s fortune cookie reads. Be prepared. But how could she be prepared for the news that she has an inoperable brain tumor? April’s life will never be the same. Then she meets handsome Mark Gianni. Mark has cystic fibrosis, but he also has a passion for life . . . and for April. When he asks April to marry him, she’s happier than she’s ever ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Laurel Leaf
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Michelle. D.
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is hust sad. Sad, sad, sad. Not sad as in this was such a complete failure. But the sad that you wanna cry or something.

The love in the two books is so lovey-dovey and corney but you gotta love it. You just find it so compelling for some reason.But since it is mixed with sadness, you wanna cry. Most of the major events in the boook made me want to bawl my eyes out. Like, for real. It was so saddddd. DX

One thing I wanna point out without really mentioning anything from the boo
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Oh, yes. I loved this in middle school. Tear jerker for adolescents.
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: New or old fans of Lurlene McDaniel
Oh wow, I loved this book! I think that the first was better than the second, but they came really close within each other. It made me cry so much! Lurlene McDaniel, in these two novels, tells of how the unexpected and unfair things that happen to us, and that also you can love two people at the same time. I recommend it to anyone who loves Lurlene McDaniel's works, or even new fans. It made a great read.
Esteban Granobles
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice and easy to digest!
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I had already read the first in these series and wanted to get hot books in one. They are both stories you need a box of Kleenex never. This is a great author. One of my favourite
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
These two novels were very well done but not as inspirational as her others one are. These two really are on dying and are a little tough to get through, especially the second one.

The first book Till Death do us part, I found I could not relate to the relationship of the two main characters. Both had death deal medical issues but I could never feel the special connection between them. It almost seemed more like a relationship of convenience. It was meant to be true love and dealing with tough il
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
I gravitate towards books about chronic illness...because I have one myself. I tend to really relate to characters struggling with any kind of illness, and April's brain tumor and Mark's cystic fibrosis are what drew me towards these two books.

Book one: Till Death Do Us Part was my favorite of the two. I loved how Mark chases April so determinedly until she falls for him. I loved Mark's optimism and his outlook on life. He had every reason to be depressed, having cystic fibrosis and knowing that
Kylie Reeser
Apr 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 13-25
April Lancaster is just a normal young girl who wants to experience life until she is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. While I the hospital April feels really down that she will not live much longer but everything changes when she meets Mark Gianni. Mark has cystic fibrosis and he has a strong passion for life. She is immediately drawn to him and he is infatuated with her. Mark asks April to marry him and she is extraordinarily happy until Mark suddenly dies and she is left alone. In he ...more
Gracie ;)
Apr 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing

That's exactly what i said, really really loudly, when Mark proposed!! It was so sweet!

I thought that this book was a little bit too fast paced. It seemed like the author was rushing things a bit too much. One minute a car accident, BOOM, the next minute shes in a wedding dress and he's dead.

one more complaint is that all of the character traits that mark had seemed to transfer over to brandon, like "his charming, infectious personality that made her smile even though she didnt want
Sep 06, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Knowing this book was for teenagers I expected it to be a little predictable and bubble-gummy. Boy was I right. I could pretty much tell you how the book was going to end and what was going to happen next after reading the first couple of pages. Didn't stop me from continuing though. Even though it was for the younger generation it was still a good read for me. It reminded me of the ones like it that I used to read when I was 15. It showed me how much I had moved on to more adult novels and stuf ...more
Isabelle Medina
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book ''As Long As We Both Shall Live" by Lurlene Mcdaniel tells the story of a girl who has cancer at the age of 18. Overall, I thought the book was really good because when she was at the hospital for a normal check for cancer ,she was with her best friend and then acriss from her room she saw this boy who also has cancer his name is Mark and he is 4 years older than April. When Mark saw her he thought she was so beautiful that he made a move on her. But then His cancer got serious because ...more
Kendall M
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
as long as we boht shall love was an incredible book. the first novel in this book was really sad. When April met Mark at the hospital and instantly fell in love he made her a stronger person when she felt like her world had come to an end with her tumor back. Although he had cistic fibrosis she saw past that and relized how amamzing he was. The two had a strong connection and they never let their troubles get in the way. The second novel was heart wretching! Aprils trying to move on and forget ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Two young adult novellas packed into one volume, starring central character, a high school senior with a brain tumor.
In first book she falls in love with cystic fibrosis patient, 21, with a great outlook on life, mainly after he keeps hitting on her without giving up. They decide to marry but he dies after before the nuptials.
Frankly, never real felt the attraction.
In second book, girl is on island recovering from her loss and meets nice island boy, who, hey, won't take no for an answer. She has
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, young-adult
Wow, tearjerkers. I liked the second book better, BUT I don't think it would have been as impactful without reading the first. So.

There was a lot of telling at times (as opposed to showing) but the emotions in these stories are so raw and basic that they are almost impossible not to sympathize with. Love comes rather quickly to both of the male love interests, but it IS a teen romance novel, so that's to be expected.

I really appreciated the depth and believability of McDaniel's portrayal of the
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ANYONE
I fell in love with this story. First of all--the author's history behind her works is a tear-jerker itself. She conveys how lives are changed by things we can't control. From sickness, to disease,that affect our lives in a way you don't expect unless you have experienced it. It speaks of a girl named April (prettiest name ever by the way lol) and she enters the hospital due to some problems with her head and some frequent painful headaches. She finds out she has a malignant tumor. Here, she mee ...more
Amy Lau
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
The book starts off with April thought that she and Mark would be together forever. But since Mark’s death, April has never felt more alone. Then Brandon Benedict comes into her life. Brandon is lonely and angry—he and April have a lot in common. But April cannot tell Brandon about her illness. When April’s medical problems suddenly return, she must decide what to tell Brandon. I recommend this book to people who have relationships because the author reveals many lessons and morals of how love s ...more
Priscilla Montes
The book, As Long As We Both Shall Live by Lurlene McDaniel, tells the story of a teenage girl named April Lancaster who was diagnosed with brain tumor. She met a guy named Mark at the hospital and she soonly fell in love with him. They dated for awhile till he proposed to her. However, on the day he finally asked, he was involved in a car accident. This left him in the hospital for a couple days. Overall, the book was really good even though I cried a couple times here and there. If I could cha ...more
Fiona Martin
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was the first book I ever read. At least one that I wanted to read without it being forced on me by evil school teachers. :)
I've read it twice the first time I was in grade 8 and the second it was probably grade 10. I loved the character Mark the first time I read it. I rooted for him then the second time I guess because I was older I much preferred Brandon. I continued to read Lurlene McDaniel books and they never disappointed me.
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
I didn't really care for this book. I always think of this author as cheesy, and this book is no different. I had read this book very quickly, mostly I skimmed through the entire thing while waiting for my sister at the library. It is similar to a lot of her other books, about a couple who fall in love, but one of them is sick, and the other goes against his/her parents wished to do something (in this case marry) for their beloved.
Sammantha Pitpit
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book touched me so much. There was a part in the book that made me cry for like 30 mins. I would so recommend this book to others who love romantic books. There was happy moments, sad moments and even funny moments. The book did not just show a love story with an happy ending, it showed reality. That is what made me love this book so much, there can't always be a happy ending.
Ashley Marie
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have read these books again and again, and they make me cry every time. Lurlene Mcdaniel has a way of writing that even when it is completely obvious what is going to happen, when it eventually does happen it is heart-wrenching and leaves me sitting there crying like an idiot. If you are a fan of Mcdaniel, these two books are must reads.
Lindsay Prior
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a very sad book. Although this book was heartbreaking it was really good. This started with a girl named April and a guy named Mark. She ends up getting diagnosed a brain tumor. She met a guy named Mark while she was in the hospital. Mark ended up getting hurt in a car crash and April was sad from that. If you like sad books like this i think you should read it.
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book and this author is general. This book among others in the collection never failed to make me cry and shake my fists at fate. Nonetheless it does highlight that not all sad stories need to have a happiness-for-everyone ending to be considered a good book. The book and series was bittersweet and it opened me up to reading other genres as I grew older.
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!!!I loved it!A bit sad but incredibly written.I want to buy this book and read it over and over again.I think anyone looking for a wonderful story would enjoy this book as much as I did.
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such a heart felt stories. When your reading it's almost like you can anticipate what's going to happen next.... Each page is fulled with something new & you can't wait to read what's next!!! Very bittersweet!!!! Lurlene McDaniel is just the best writer ever!!!
May 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
this is a two part book. i really liked the first book, but i really hated the second part. it seemed like the main character moved on too much and then it just ended. i was so angry at this book, that i really hated it. i actually threw it. i didn't understand WHY the book was written like this.
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite Lurlene McDaniel books! Both of the novels made me cry at different times. I was able to connect with the characters and felt as if I experienced what they experienced. Really good read, but prepare to shed some tears!
Jul 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
i loved this book so much im a huge fan of Lurlene McDaniel's work i loves the characters, one thing i dont like about lurlene's book is she always has a character get sick or die but the romance during all the drama is always so good
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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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“When my grandmother was alive, she used to tell me that every time God creates a soul in heaven, he creates another to become its special mate. And that once we're born, we begin our search for our soul mate, the one person who's the perfect fit for our mind and body. They lucky oens find each other.” 78 likes
“Because I want you to know that your're the most beautiful girl I've ever seen. And I thought I should introduce myself. I mean, we should get to know each other. Since you're the girl I intend to marry.
~Mark Gianni”
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