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Julie Ellis and Luke Muldenhower have always been school sweethearts. Now both are in high school and deeply in love. Luke, a talented football player, is almost certain to receive an athletic scholarship to a top college. And no matter what her parents say, wherever Luke goes, Julie intends to follow. When Luke can't shake what he thinks is a virus, Julie persuades him to ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Laurel Leaf (first published March 1st 1995)
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Maggie
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me by relatives as a random stocking stuffer when I was a pre-teen. I never expected to like it, but as soon as I started reading, it became my favorite book, and remained my favorite book for years afterward. I read this book cover to cover at least 15 times as a teen (I'm actually underexaggerating), and never once made it to the end without bawling my eyes out. It's still sitting on my shelf, over a decade later, falling apart at the seams from all the use it got in my ...more
Deanna
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it

“If it's possible to send a message from heaven, I'll get one to you.” -Luke

~Spoilers~

You want a book that rips out your heart and stomps all over it? You got it with this one!

This book is beautiful and the kind of love any woman wants from a man. Childhood friends and still deeply in love with one another. They reach high school and are still going strong, their love never dies. Then Juile finds out Luke has cancer and everything goes downhill. However her love for him never died in fact it gr
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Arlene
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Don't Die My Love by Lurlene McDaniel is a beautiful love story that will pull at your heartstrings. I read it in one sitting and fell for the main characters right away. Luke and Julie's love for each other was truly genuine IMHO, and I was sad for Luke when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's. The events unfolded at a steady pace, but I was not prepared for the final outcome, or rather in denial I should say. As realistic as it was, I was still hoping against hope and eventually found myself reach ...more
Bre
Nov 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
The author, Lurlene McDaniel, does an awesome job in her work. I wish I had more time to read her books. I love to read her writing. It is so vivid. I can actually put myself in the main characters place.

This book is an amazing love story. I love how the main character shows how devoted to her boyfriend. Yet, as many changes he faces she stills stands by his side even when he doesn’t want her love. Don’t Die, My Love takes you a journey of two young adults as there undivided attention to one an
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Jen
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was ok


*Whoa there, Nellie! Spoiler alert!*






But he does.
Rebecca McNutt
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adapted in the 1990's into the Lifetime "Moment of Truth" film Shattered Hearts, this novel, which follows two high school sweethearts trying to cope when one is diagnosed with a serious illness, is still as timely and relevant today as ever, although perhaps a bit less likely than it was in the 1990's. Not only does Don't Die, My Love look at the harrowing nature of an illness through the eyes of a young person, but it also on the side looks at the difficult transition from high school to colle ...more
Jay G
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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2.5/5 Stars

Luke has always loved Julie since he was a child even though Julie originally hadn't felt the same way. Now, years later, Julie and Luke have been highschool sweethearts for 3 years. They plan on attending college together where Luke will play football and eventually marrying. When Luke receives a scary diagnosis, Julie decides to stand by him and show him how much she loves
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Kendra
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Don’t Die, My Love is a book about growing up, love the same person you grew up hating, and have to go through knowing the person you love has only a short life to live. Julie Ellis is a young girl who is dating the perfect boy that every girl in the school would be lucky to date, but the only problem is that he doesn’t care much for her an only has his mind on making into the big times for football. Luke Mulden is her love, he has liked Julie since they were little but she was so mean to him. ...more
Fiona
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: freshman-year
Don't Die my Love is the saddest love story i have ever read in my life. It talks about this guy who is a really good football player, but one day his girlfriend notices something wrong with him and suggest that he sees a doctor. He was afraid to go to the doctor because he's scared that if something was wrong with him that he won't be able to play football anymore, and football was basically his future. When he finally went to the doctors with the encouragement of his girlfriend, the doctor t ...more
The Book Queen
Mar 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Urrrrgghhh. My review of Breathless basically sums up all of my thoughts about this book. The heroine is selfish and vain, but the love interest is actually quite nice (even though he does have terrible taste in girlfriends.) ...more
Dallas
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Gosh. Seriously. I never cry. Never. All my friends call me heartles becuase of that reason. But I was literally crying a tthe end of this book. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry again. This is an amazing book and I think everyone should read it.
Tessa
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am absolutely devasted. After reading this book, I think my heart literaly broke into little tiny pieces. I can't even get myself together or stop the tears from falling...
Luke and Julie's love story is heartbreakingly beautiful. It, once more, showed that true love can go through anything even deadly diseases. Every single word of this book touched my heart. Every single paragraph made me crave for more and the end, oh well, the end made me end up sobbing and sobbing for very long minutes.

“An
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Vanessa
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epubs
This book really touched me. It is the first book that I have read to ever make me get a knot in my throat, eyes fill-up with tears and my heart feel the pain that the character Julie feels. I have never read such a touching book. The only other books that comes close to making me feel like this are books by Nicholas Sparks but this book really got to me and I reccommend it to everyone of all ages...
Jess
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I'm still crying. More of a review at a later date.

I am really thinking I read this at either the worst possible time, or the best possible time. I just discovered that some dear to me is dying of cancer. My emotions were all over the place with this book. I cried for a good twenty minutes at the end while everyone stared at me like I had lost my mind. I will link a more in depth review below.

http://apopofjess.blogspot.com/2015/0...
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Kendall M
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book four stars because it has a lot of emotion and details. I love the way it tolls with your emotions. This book makes you feel like you're right there with the characters. The author did a great job ending the story, she left you filled in with everything and she didn't leave you out in the end. Those are reasons why i love this book!!
Emily
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't remember when I read it, but I do know that I enjoyed it very much. It is such a good book. It made me cry and I don't cry over books that often. The book was so sweet, and I reccommend it to anyone that like Realistic Fiction
Meret Magdi
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads, 5-stars
5 stars!!❤
OMG. WHY. OMG.
OMG. WHY. OMG.
OMG. WHY. OMG.
I dont think I'll ever get over what this book just did to me..❤
Eventhough someone spoiled this book for me and I knew what would happen, it still broke me :( ..
Crysti Perry
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Don't Die, My Love was just ok for me. I wanted to love it, but I didnt. It had a simple plot and a sweet first love story, however it was predictable.
Gracie
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I read this books years ago. I may re-read it at some point. However, I remember calling a family member, bawling my eyes out, once I had finished. I know this book has had, & always will have, a special place in my heart. Unfortunately, because I so clearly remember the emotional turmoil the ending caused me, I don't know if I can handle reading it while my life is as busy as it is--I don't have time to go into a dark, heart-broken depression.

I do highly recommend this book for anyone wh
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Nancy
Feb 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fan of tear-jerker romance novel!
Recommended to Nancy by: Fiona <33
Shelves: 9th-grade
Don't Die, My Love
Lurlene McDaniel
250 pp. New York, NY.
Random House Children's Book. $5.50
ISBN: 0-553-56715-2

Everyone loves a good cry, and no one delivers heart wrenching stories better than Lurlene McDaniel. Don't Die, My Love by Lurlene McDaniel is a beautiful story of young heart breaking, tragic romance! This book was burning in past times when young love was the center of attention and still is! The story truly shows strong and passionate relationship between two teens and struggles on he
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Jordyn
Sep 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
This was my first time reading an actual romance novel--I've read books with love stories at their core, obviously, but I've never read one of these sappy romances. Don't Die, My Love actually wasn't that painful to read, though. I got pretty bored when Julie and Luke are on vacation in California, but I liked the rest of the book pretty well. I was trying to figure out why books like this would be important for teen readers, and I actually think that some teens could learn some things from the ...more
Natasha Joseph
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is soo Good! Well as you can see the two love birds on the front cover of the book is in love. Something that the boy didn't even thing it can happen makes him sick.:( how can that happen and he is healthy! hes a Football player for crying out loud! well when he ends up with the sickness he doesn't have much time left. Always going in aout of the Hopital. Knowing your girlfriend is finding you throwing up your guts. The kind of people that would love the book is people who love books t ...more
April
Apr 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Wow! I just loved this book. A sweet innocent and CLEAN romance between to young people.(think the Notebook, but G rated) You will not read without shedding some tears. The only negative thing would be the way the main characters relationship with and the way she speaks to her mother- But that is the only disagreeable part in the whole book. I loved the strength these young people showed in the book, especially Luke. I enjoyed that the author was very REAL with the book. Very sweet, emotional, a ...more
Meagster
This was the novel that started my love affair with reading. I first read it when I was 11 and I still remember how I felt reading each page. I have 4 copies of it Since I have read this book at least 20 + times and I have the entire first chapter memorized word for word. I can't say there is anything particularly special about it I just adore lurlene and her talent of relating to teenagers in tough to extreme circumstances.everyone I've ever recommended this to has loved it
I refer to it as my '
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Maya
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Omg...I don't even know where to start.Although this book constantly left me in tears it was still such a great read and one of my favorites in a long time.
Hailey Wheaton
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Personal Response:
I thought that this book was actually pretty good. I didn’t think I would like it because the title of it is very cheesy, but it was very good. I liked how Julie had a connection with Luke’s family and how Luke had a connection with Julie’s family.


Plot summary:
In the book Don’t Die, My Love Luke and Julie are two high school students that are in love, and plan on living the rest of their life. Throughout their high school years, everything seemed to be perfect. Suddenly Julie
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Sara
Feb 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Madison Florea
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“If it's possible to send a message from heaven, I'll get one to you.”

I read this book when I was younger and didn't fully appreciate it until now. P.s. one of the reasons I read it when I was younger was because I had (okay, have) a crush on the male model on the cover. This is a heart wrenching tale of love, loss and true soulmates. If you aren't in tears by the end of this book, I don't even know what to say. I had to stop reading multiple times just to get through the last few chapters. I kn
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Nicole
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm warning you now, there are spoilers in this review.

I love the fact that Lurlene McDaniel writes books that deal with real life issues that people experience everyday. I applaud her for tackling that challenge and succeeding. I do enjoy some of her books. I love how at the end of the book, Julie sees the flowers that Luke planted for her on the football field knowing he had to have planted them months in advance or else they wouldn't have bloomed. That goes without saying that he knew he was
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Froyla
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, the love that Julie and Luke had was amazing and makes the book so much better. This is a good book for girls that love football but also like romance.
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