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Raina's Story

(Angels in Pink #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,930 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Raina is happy and relieved that her friends Kathleen and Holly found volunteering at the hospital rewarding. They loved their summers at the hospital so much they will be working for credit during their junior year.

Raina is also looking forward to spending as much time as possible with Hunter during their last year of high school together. Kathleen is still dating Carson
Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 21st 2009 by Laurel Leaf (first published May 10th 2005)
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Currently Reading (1/15/17): I'm finally reading my first Lurlene McDaniel book. Wish me luck, and let the lolz begin.

*Girds loins*

I'm probably going to make some new shelves for this book. Allons-y!


Where to begin? I was face-palming when I wasn't loling.

I remember hearing about her books on a dead blog snarking her books, and I knew I had to read them.

One of the most hilarious things for me is that the author can't write realistic teenage dialogue or characters. She also used m
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I chose to read RAINA'S STORY by Lurlene McDaniel. This book mostly took place at a hospital which is where the girls work. The main characters of this book are Raina and her best friends Kathleen and Holly. Other main characters are Carson, Hunter, and Tony.
The three girls started volunteering at a hospital and they love it. Raina and Kathleen both have boyfriends, but Holly is still waiting. Raina's relationship was going great until her ex boyfriend came into the picture. On top of that, Rain
Megan Salentine
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Donna Moore
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I struggled over whether or not to read this book. I did not like the covers!! This is a series of three books. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the first two books, Kathleen's and Raina's stories. In this case, the old adage is certainly true... Never Judge A Book by It's Cover!
Mary Bronson
I thought this was a great second book book to the Angel's in Pink Trilogy. We are not learning more about Raina and what she is going through in her life. She is madly in love with her boyfriend Hunter, but things become a bit rocky between them. We also find out about two bomb shells about Raina's life. I also do like how we are getting all three girls prospective throughout the book. Little bit here and there,but the main focus is Raina.
Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens
"Angels in Pink: Raina's Story" is one of three books in the Angels in Pink Series, but before reading this book, i did not know that it was a series. After seeing this book in the store and reading the blurb, it looked pretty good, so i decided to go ahead and read it. The story revolves around three best friends: Kathleen, Holly and Raina who all attend the same school and also are part of the Pink Angels volunteer program at their local hospital. The book details each girl's specific problems ...more
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
With this, Lurlene McDaniel earns the dubious honor of being my most-read author on Goodreads. (Let's be honest -- she's long been my most-read author in life. Siiigh.)
This book is the second in a series, but I'd argue you lose absolutely nothing by having not read the first (I say, having not read the first).
This one has sentences like "The two women held a silent conversation with their eyes, as only women can" and phrases like "monumental ennui." The latter describes not the girl whose mothe
Hilary Lemon
Dec 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: engl-420
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Mar 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3rd-9-weeks
In this angle's in pink for the second book in the series, it is telling Raina's story. Raina, Kathleen, and Holly are all best friends and they enjoy spending time with each other. They have been best friends since they were little. This is there junior year and Raina's boyfriend, Hunter, is a senior this year. Hunter is Holly's brother and that makes them even closer. This school year, all three girls have signed up for the volunteer project again and everything is going fine. Raina finds out ...more
Melissa Cunning
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of the Angels In Pink series that I've read. I've grown up on Lurlene McDaniel's books but when it comes to this one, I really sensed somethings different. Each book I've ever read before always seemed to have one core topic. Not this one. It covered so many issues all tied up into one intriguing story. Pink Angels (which are hospital student volunteers) and how important they are, the importance of honesty and forgiveness, the importance of the bone marrow registry, the i ...more
Steve Mount
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Homework Book #2. This is book two in a three book series, so I jumped into the story in the middle, though I feel the author did a good job of filling in a reader like me with the pertinent details as quickly and painlessly as possible. The way the main characters interacted with each other gave me some good ideas for how some of my own characters should interact. Though my eighth grade characters are younger than these high school juniors, I think the concepts track nicely. I should have antic ...more
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: engl-420
Oh, the cheesiness of this book. Honestly just reading the back of this book clued me in to the fact that it would be artificially sad and sweet and cheesy. Ok, I hope that doesn't sound too harsh. I'm sure there are people who like these kinds of books and that's great. I'm just not one of them.
One example of what I'm talking about is when they address each other as "girlfriend." And it's not even when they are being silly or happy.
In the midst of all the juvenile speech and problems, I was s
Kaitlyn Crawford
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is kinda weird but interesting. It was also funny. I think that my favorite part is when the volenter to work at the hospital and Raina gets to work the babys. This is not unusualy for here she used to work with the kids who had cancer but that is now emilys job. She enjoys working with the babys at first she was full of joy because she thinks it will be fun and of course it will who doesent love spending time with little kids there adorable But she doesent relize how much work it will ...more
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just love Lurlene McDaniels. I discovered her writing in the 4th grade when my teacher read us Six Months to Live. From that point on, I was hooked. She has such a way if telling a story that pulls you in. Her characters deal with life and death situations and manage to give you the tiniest glimmer of how that really feels. The Angels in Pink series doesn't disappoint. The 3 best friends deal with love, loss, pain, and triumph-learning how to navigate life with all it's ups and downs. Giving m ...more
Shay Hardman
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Angels in Pink: Raina's Story is another great book to an amazing trilogy by Lurlene McDaniel. When dark secrets of the past become unraveled and love is threatened, three best friends Raina, Kathleen, and Holly can only turn towards each other to get through difficult times.

It amazes me the loyalty and dedication that these three girls have towards their friendship through any tragic and dark times in their lives.

The lessons of love, forgiveness, loyalty, hope, and understanding that come fro
Sep 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: q2-2008
RAINA'S STORY still goes inside the lives of the three friends from the first book (Kathleen, Raina, and Holly), but the main focus is on Raina St. James. RAINA'S STORY explores the relationship between Raina and her mother, her boyfriend Hunter, and Raina's lack of faith.
Everything is going good in Raina's life, until an old boyfriend shows up at her school and threatens to turn everything around. While she's worried about what might happen with him, she throws herself into her volunteer work
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Raina St.James has always thought that she has had a regular life. Two best friend`s, Kathleen and Holly, a cute boyfriend, Hunter who is Holly`s older brother and a normal Mom who works at a hospital. That is about to change her thinking. When Raina and her friends begin working at the hospital as "Pink Angels" who help save lives Raina is told that she can save a 26 year old girl`s life by giving her her bone marrow. Raina thinks that it`s crazy that she is doing this for someone she dosent ev ...more
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who are reading the Angels in Pink series
Recommended to Roxana by: Lisbeth
Angels in Pink: Raina's Story wasn't really interesting. I would consider it a boring book. In this book...Raina finds out that she has a sister her mother never told her about. Her sister was adopted by a family in another state and her name is Emma. Emma is in an urgent need of a bone marrow transplant, and luckily Raina matches them perfectly. Raina does the transplant and her sister ends up getting married in the hospital. I think this book is boring because I think the author put events tha ...more
Emily M.
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it

Raina and her friends all work at a hospital for volunteer work. They love it there so when Raina gets a call saying that she could be a possible bone marrow donor she is thrilled to be able to save someones life. But her mom isn't so sure and it's because of the secret she has been hiding from Raina all this time. Since her and her match are so close they can't just be strangers. Raina realizes that the girl who needs her bone marrow to survive is her sister. Raina saves her sisters life.
Sydney Kerstiens
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The novel Angels in Pink: Raina's Story by Lurlene McDaniel is a great read! This is one of my favorite stories I have ever read. Me, being a tween who loves drama-filled stories, loved this book, and am planning on reading the rest of the series in the near future (Kathleen's Story and Holly's Story). I recommend this story to anyone who loves romantic, drama-filled teen love. I rated this story a 5,being one of my favorite novels I have ever read. If you enjoy this novel, I would recommend the ...more
Areeba Imam
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
A perfect little world at peace for Raina. During the last year at High school with Hunter, raina doesn't want to miss a chance being without him but when her ex-boyfriend turns up and threatens her to ruin her relationship that matters her the most, her world doesn't seem much perfect. Later her mother also reveals her a family secret, feeling betrayed, she's lucky to have Kathleen and Raina by her side.

Second in the trilogy, Raina's story carries out the message for life isn't simple but tangl
Sep 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Karen Edith Gallegos
Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Karen Edith by: library
i love this book. it was about this girl, Raina, that her lfe was perfect until this boy named Tony came to her life and told her boyfriend a big secret. Then her mom tells her about Raina having a sister who's very sick and that probably is the same person who she needs to donate her bone narrow. Well i can't tell you the rest. Wait until you read it.
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Anna Hinze
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was okay. It was kind of sad so I didn't enjoy it as much. I don't recommend this to people that don't like sad stories, but if you do, then this is a good book for you. It was realistic fiction, which I do like. But this wasn't that great of a story. Some of the book was exciting but it was mostly sad. I recommend this book to people who like realistic fiction and sad stories.
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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*Megan* 8-3*
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is one book you can't posibly put down once you start reading it. This is one amazing book. I never knew a mother could keep a secret like that, which could change someone life completly, form her daughter.
Sep 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
i read this book over the summer because my cousin checked it out from the libary and i didnt have anything eles to read so i read this book. it was very good its about a girl and her firned going through problems that a lot of teenage girls goo through it was very well written.
Sep 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Michelle Walker
Dec 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
I'm embarrassed I have to put this on my good reads list! haha! (its for a class) I have to hand it to Lurlene--she can write to the pulling of heartstrings! very emotionally targeted writing. Meant for girls. I didn't like it that much. Kind of like a soap opera series.
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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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Other books in the series

Angels in Pink (3 books)
  • Kathleen's Story (Angels in Pink, #1)
  • Holly's Story (Angels in Pink, #3)