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A Taylor-Made Life (Taylor-Made #1)

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They lived the life they were given; they loved the life they made.

Cheerleader Taylor Smith doesn’t want to die a virgin. Unfortunately, if the terminally-ill leukemia patient doesn't find a lover or a stem-cell match within months, her fear will become reality. When her cancer mentor is revealed to be a hottie entrepreneur from California, it seems fate might finally be o
ebook, 216 pages
Published July 18th 2013 by Kary Rader (first published July 8th 2013)
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Apr 13, 2015 Aditi rated it it was amazing
"Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul."

----Jim Valvano, an American college basketball player, coach, and broadcaster

Kary Rader, an American author, pens a heart-wrenching and tear-jerking story called, A Taylor-Made Life which is a sad love story between two cancer patients and how they cope with their terminal illness, life and relationships.

PS: Please keep a box of tissue in hand before reading t
Jul 22, 2013 Janell rated it it was amazing
Let me be honest. Thinking back on all the books I've read this past year, there have been lots that have hurt my heart. Many have brought tears to my eyes. Some have even caused tears to actually FALL out of my eyes. Less than five have made me do what I actually would call "crying."(I can't even think what they are right now though).

THIS BOOK, however... had me SOBBING!!!!

At one point, I took my tablet in the bathroom and turned on the exhaust fan so that my kids wouldn't worry about me becau

4.5 Cried Me A River Stars...but I smiled through the tears!!

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There were a few things that didn't ring true with me, but overall this story did a great job of consuming me. I would imagine that when life deals you some crappy cards you're going to do whatever you need to do to make the most of what time you have left, and do it with the one who holds your heart. No matter what anyone else might think. And, when you've never had love, and that comes in the form of someone much younger than you,
Jul 23, 2013 M. rated it it was amazing
Right, I have to 'preamble' this one. So I'll just be straight will cry when you read this. I know what you're thinking, "Yeah, yeah, whatever." I'm just saying, I'm not a crybag, but good Jesus, I cried all night long. Literally, I laid awake that night once I'd finished the story and wept into my pillow, wanting to change the story somehow. I finally came to the conclusion, after a whole lot of snotting and snorting, that was just the way it was supposed to end. The story as a whole w ...more
Ellen W-S

5+ Stars!
An unforgettable read is a book that makes the improbable, not just possible, but believable. 17 year old Taylor is a cancer ridden former cheerleader whose life has been altered and ravaged by cancer and chemo. All efforts to find a bone marrow match have proven unsuccessful and the chances of finding one after the already exhaustive search is remote. Taylor's spirit, spunk and drive to experience life, well sex really, before the end of her short life is nothing short of inspirationa
a.c. Mason
Jul 22, 2013 a.c. Mason rated it it was amazing
6 stars. Beautiful. 2 full box of Kleenex.

Two young people facing tragedy, Cheerleader Taylor Smith and Tech-geek Gavin Taylor meet and the connection is instant but can go nowhere... or can it?

Fighting for their lives has given them perspective on what they most want in the time they have left.
The odd are stacked against them in fulfilling what they want and need.
Then enters love.

The question is are you the kind of person that is ready to risk your heart no matter the outcome...or would you den
Andrea Cooper
Jun 25, 2013 Andrea Cooper rated it it was amazing
While reading this book, I forgot I was reading a craft of fiction and thought I was reading a diary (and a juicy one at that). Taylor comes across exactly as she should-a young woman who has gone through a terrible thing in her life. Yet, she remains strong and spunky. Her charm will win you over and she's not perfect which makes her all the more enduring.

Her love interest, Gavin, makes you wanna cheer for him and tell him to listen to his heart instead of his head. He meshes well with his occu
RomReader *Spoiler Giver*
Sep 21, 2013 RomReader *Spoiler Giver* rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Almost-18yo heroine doesn’t want to die a virgin and asks her mom for help in finding the right hook up. Her cancer prognosis isn’t good due to not finding the right matching donor. When she meets her cancer-mentor 25yo billionaire online-gaming creator Hero, she knows he’s the guy for her.

The problem is Hero thinks she’s too young for him, although he is very attracted to her and he wants to get married before he dies from his terminal cancer. When her ex-boyfriend comes back in her life, he f
Oct 19, 2013 nancy rated it it was amazing
One of the most amazing books I've ever read! I loved every second of it. At first I wasn't sure I would enjoy it but when I picked it up and began reading the first few chapters I knew I would love the rest of it. WARNING: Have a box of tissues near by when reading!

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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Aug 19, 2013 Lady Vigilante (Feifei) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-review
Before I begin, I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“This is the life we were given, and we lived it. As best we could, we lived it. But this – this is the life we made. And it’s perfect.”

Lately I have been reading lots of books dealing with cancer (Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green) so I thought the tears, the emotions, and the plotline would just wear off, but boy was I wrong! This book was incredibly attention-grabbing from the star
Jenee -Jenee's Book Blog
Sep 03, 2013 Jenee -Jenee's Book Blog rated it it was amazing
Warning: you will cry loud, obnoxious, gut-wrenching please have an entire box of tissues on hand.

I started this book knowing that someone I'd fall in love with was probably going to die because let's be honest here...cancer doesn't care about happily ever afters. Cancer doesn't go away because we need to believe that romance is perfect and always ends in a happily ever after. Life isn't always fair and Kary Radar didn't sugar-coat the story, she told a story that felt real. So if yo
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 11, 2014 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it
Shelves: cry-baby-books
Review to come...
Nicole Naranjo
Feb 02, 2014 Nicole Naranjo rated it it was amazing
"This is the life we were given, and we lived it. As best we could, we lived it. But this-This is the life we made. And its perfect..." I loved this book! I went in knowing that someone wouldn't make it because cancer is an ugly stupid thing. I couldn't stop reading once I started and was up til almost 3 o'clock this morning finishing. I decided to sleep before I wrote my review because I was so crushed and devastated. Sleeping on it didn't help I just keep thinking how many times a day this is ...more
Jessica Zelkovich
Aug 07, 2013 Jessica Zelkovich rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a free read, only requesting a review in return. I don't do plot summaries as part of review because I hate spoilers (even if I'm one to flip to read the last chapter halfway through-that's my choice but not going to push my synopsis on anyone else). Anyway, Just finished the book and my kiddos are amazed at the pile of tissues but I don’t remember using them but I do recall the smiles and laughter A Taylor-made Life gave me over the last day or two. Great read. Moments t ...more
Aug 12, 2013 Kalie rated it it was amazing
I never loved something that made me cry this much until I read this book. From the time I read the premise for this book, I knew that it had the potential to make me sad. However, this book had me crying to the point I almost could not read the words but it was so good that I had to wipe away the tears and keep reading. In this book readers get to meet Taylor and Gavin-two young people whose lives have been greatly affected by cancer. When the two meet, they have an instant connection. While th ...more
Liza O'Connor
Aug 03, 2013 Liza O'Connor rated it it was amazing
Once in a while, an exceptional book comes along that breaks all sorts of rules, perseveres until it gets itself published, and once published,stands out like a jewel.

This is one of those books.

Behind every great rule-breaking book is an author who knows deep down, her story deserves to be published because it is the exception to the rules.

What rules?

There's a ton of them. But I'm going to talk about three rules which Kary Rader's book broke.

1# Don’t write about depressing topics.

Kary’s main c
Jul 24, 2013 Simmaron rated it really liked it
Actual marking 4.5
To be honest this book deserves 5/5. But just because of the dying situation I'm deducting 0.5 marks. I'm not emotional kind but I'm afraid of the contemporary books that focuses on harsh reality of our lives like cancer, dying at young age etc. I agreed to review this book hoping that I'll conquer that fear of mine. Believe me it taught many things that we already know but don't bother to notice. We all are so busy with our lives that we don't notice where the time flows by an
Leanne Michele
Jun 02, 2015 Leanne Michele rated it it was amazing
5 beautiful, ugly cry stars!!

This story had me from the very first chapter. I found myself reading it while cooking, and sneaking in pages whenever I could. I didn't want to put it down.

Taylor. What an amazing girl. Full of strength and stubbornness, even when life has knocked her down, repeatedly. Her will and determination to have something normal in her life endeared me to her automatically. Her relationship with her mom was beautiful and everything it should be in a situation like that. I l
M.D. Melai
May 31, 2015 M.D. Melai rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I laughed at times, and cried as well. The fast paced story of love between the characters was hypnotizing and beautiful. Gavin & Taylor stole my heart from the beginning.

They are already going through so much when they meet and then they continue to make the best of the terrible situation they are put in.

I found myself rooting for the characters. The subject matter in this story is something everyone has dealt with... in one form or the other.

I wish I could te
This is not my usual genre of books i read. i dont ever books about people with cancer or disease. because i am very weak hearted when it comes to death. i cant read about people dying. i cant read books that i know wont have a happy ending. so i always stir clear of them. but i made an exception for this book. and i am so glad. i was clenching my heart the whole time i was reading. i was preparing myself.

This book so well written, and so full of LIFE. the characters are so full of LIFE. they w
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
Review/Giveaway of this book can also be found at Jackie's Book World Blog :)

*A copy of this book was provided by Author in exchange of an honest review*

An absolutely amazing story of hope and new beginnings...

I'm completely in love with this story, it's even hard for me to type a review of it without getting emotional. Reading this heartbreaking story of Taylor and Gavin, has really made me think twice about the things that I have in my life, this story is not just about two people trying to ov
Nikki Barrett
Jul 15, 2013 Nikki Barrett rated it it was amazing
The clock is always ticking. We are always aware of the passing of time. But when you're young, time shouldn't be such an enemy. But when time isn't on your side...the enemy is near. Always. Watching, waiting. Claiming.

For seventeen year old Taylor Smith, this is the time she should be thinking of things such as proms, the nearing of high school's end, choosing a college. Maybe even having a little frivolous fun. Instead, she's fighting one of the hardest battles ever- cancer. There's so many t
Aryn Cordner
Aug 02, 2013 Aryn Cordner rated it liked it
**A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Actual rating: 3.5

I'm always looking for a good love story, and this book had all the right elements. Even though I found the pacing to be a bit too fast, and the romance occurring in an unrealistic timeframe, the realism of the characters and their heart-wrenching situation undermined these flaws. The descriptive language and interesting characters pulled me in from page one. I loved Taylor and Gavin from the s
Melanie (Sassy Divas BB & HS Promo) Charlesworth
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

If I could give this book 10 stars - I would - in a heartbeat....5 stars just doesn't cut it, not even close!

Wow. Just WOW. I knew going into this that someone was going to probably die...cancer is like it's own nasty character in this book.

This journey starts out more as an young adult book but slowly turns into a new adult book because, lets face it a 17-18 year old person with treatable cancer that can not find a match would make any teenager
Aug 08, 2013 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
I was given this book for an honest review by the New Adult Book club

Let me start by saying...

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I needed a hug after this one.

Kary Rader has painted a great story that everyone should read. I laughed, I fought back tears but still ended up like this:

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From the very beginning of the book, I loved Gavin and Taylor. I loved watching her plan fall perfectly into action and I loved the transition from watching both characters point of view. Gavin was the perfect guy in this book and I fell in love with
Valerie Mcqueen
Sep 05, 2013 Valerie Mcqueen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: go-green
A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader

Rating 5*****

This book was provided from the author in exchange for honest literary review.

This isn't a book it is a journey. I swear if you have any amount of heart, you won't come away from reading this story the same as you were prior to starting it. It makes you realize how important it is to cherish the days we are given, and forget about the extra wants on life.
When Taylor starts her journey, all she simply wants is to not die a virgin. When Gavin is paire
*Copy given in exchange for an honest review*

Taylor is a seventeen year old girl, a cheerleader who likes to play online video games. She is also a seventeen year old girl who is dying from leukemia. One of her biggest concerns is dying a virgin.

Gavin at the age of 25 is very successful video game creator who runs his own company. He is also dying, he has melanoma. He wants to find someone to marry, he wants someone to miss him when he's gone.

Through the cancer mentor program the two meet, the
Mikki _At_A Bookish Escape
Sep 11, 2013 Mikki _At_A Bookish Escape rated it it was amazing
My Review:

At 17 most teenagers are involved in school activities, hanging out with friends and living their life day by day. For Taylor, her life is all about hospital visits, surgeries and treatments. She's in a constant battle against time.

Being a CEO and billionaire of an online game company at the young age of twenty-five is a remarkable achievement. Gavin wishes that he could achieve other personal goals. He would love to find a wife and start a family of his own.

In A Taylor-Made Life we fo
P.A. Warren
Aug 27, 2013 P.A. Warren rated it it was amazing

What an amazingly touching story A Taylor-Made Life of those stories that touches you and brings the tears.I haven't had a book make me cry until I read this one.Taylor Smith is dying.She is also a virgin.She does NOT want to die a virgin.Gavin is Taylor's mentor,who is also dying of cancer.Come to find out that His frozen sperm and Her frozen Eggs just might be a cure for Taylor's cancer.
Seriously Can you not see how the tear works start?I know how I wrote it it feels cut and paste.It
Jessica Hale
Jul 09, 2013 Jessica Hale rated it it was amazing
OMG Wow really wow, a very moving book that you'll need tissues for while reading. Normally a book can make me shed few tears or cry alittle but this book was greatly written and just drew you into what the characters were going through that i was brawling my eyes out by the end.

Taylor Smith doesn’t want to die a virgin, she was very strong willed and mature for her age cause of her going through being a terminally-ill leukemia patient. She is also a very caring person,helping and making friends
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Kary Rader is a stay-at-home mother of three, avid reader and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head.

Always creative, she’s drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn’t anything that can’t be accomplished. And it’s the power of words that creates and destroys.

Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love
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