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All That Remains

2.94  ·  Rating details ·  111 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Cousins conspire to circumvent state burial laws when their beloved aunt dies of AIDS, and come up with a fiendishly clever plan to keep her out of a pauper's grave.A slick teen takes his very unhip cousin under his wing -- to make a man of him -- after reluctantly making a promise to his dying uncle to do so, and finds out a lot about being true to oneself in the meantime ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Atheneum Books
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Nov 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book I can't say that the author isn't rather morbid, I can't say that he portrays homosexuality truthfully, and I can't say that his characters are very nice, but I can say that I really enjoyed the last of the three stories and reading it made up for how much i disliked the first and second.
The first is about two teenagers whose aunt passes away and they along with Aunt Judith's "partner" decide to honour her last wish by having her cremated. It's very odd, random, and overall
Linda Lipko
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This book consists of three stories relating to grief and those left behind. It was a quick read and worth the time spent. Cousins help their aunt's partner provide a proper burial after their aunt dies of aids. Dealing with a redneck, judgmental town isn't easy, but these young adults find a way to honor their beloved aunt's wishes while developing renewed respect for her partner.

An incredibly immature, self absorbed young man makes a promise to a dying uncle. In reluctantly helping his effemin
Three different stories related to death. The first focuses on two cousins, their aunt's death and her burial. Since the aunt died from AIDs, the state will not allow her to be buried in a typical cemetery. The family is to send her to the proper place, but they grapple with following their aunt's wishes or following the law. The second story addresses a young man's ability to fulfill his uncle's dying wish, by being there for his cousin. The last story addresses a young woman's ability to let g ...more
Cassidy Stokes
Jun 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
This was a ment to be an insprational book but was way to slow paced. I could barley make it through the first story, let alone all three. The most interesting one is the third one, though even it is spoiled whenthe autor gives away way to soon what the girls backpack was carrying.
Morgan Pierson
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was really good I do recommend this book to people because it was really really good.It had a very interesting story line it combined three differnt stories to it.This book was intersting and I thought it was fun to read.
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a book that contains 3 short stories that are related to the teenagers life.I encourage you to read this book because it helps to know that everyone has problems and struggles in his life.
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Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Somewhat interesting ideas, somewhat well done... but lacking something, I think.
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i pick this book because the title hit me when i read it.It talking about these two girl going to school and stuff that happens
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Good short stories. Males you think about real life and what you would do in those situations of life and death and ethical thinking. Hits the mark for younger readers
Kat Ice
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
This is three different short stories about getting over hard things in life. The stories are not ones you would really think of but they were good.
Feb 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
this book had so much meaning to it. i really love the way the characters behaved. definitely in the last story.these are books of hope and character
Michael O'Hearn
Dec 08, 2011 rated it liked it
These were inventive, thoughtful stories. Were there parts I did not like or not quite believe? Yes. But they were well-written stories and I enjoyed them.
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Borrowed from library.


Aug 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
Three short novellas, all on the subject of death. Interesting but not that great. A very short read - good for reading after a long novel. A very non-descript young adult book.
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: high-9-12
3.25 stars
Jasmine Le Blanc
confusing and sad
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May 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
A YA book dealing with grief -- but in a pretty contrived, smartassed way, I thought.
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Bruce Brooks (born September 23, 1950) is an American author of young adult and children's literature. He was born in Washington D.C., but spent most of his time growing up in North Carolina as a result of parents' being divorced. Although divorce is never easy for a child, Brooks credits moving around a lot between the two locations with making him a keen observer of social situations. Switching ...more