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Ways to Live Forever

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"My name is Sam. I am eleven years old. I collect stories and fantastic facts. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead."

Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers to the questions nob
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Paperback, 215 pages
Published January 7th 2008 by Marion Lloyd Books
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Terri This is a realist fiction. That means that it isn't true, but could be!

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Joe
Let's be honest. I usually only review books I can bash. It's something I like to do. But for Ways to Live Forever, one really must follow my thought process.

Page One Thoughts: This stupid book is going to make me cry.
Page Seventy-Six Thoughts: Actually, this might turn out to be cheesy.
Page One-Thirty-One Thoughts: Why am I scared of dying all of a sudden? Also, this is pretty heady stuff for young readers.
Page One-Seventy-Two Thoughts: No! This is manipulative! This book wants me to cry! I wil
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F
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk
My gran gave me this when i was youner. Really good.
Josiah
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There's no point having wishes if you don't at least try to do them"

--Sam McQueen, "Ways to Live Forever", page 60

This book subtly captured me and led me into its story, until before I even knew what was happening I was totally invested, heart, mind, and soul, in Sam and his life. The tension of approaching climax weighed on me as if it were happening to my own friend, and the panic juxtaposed against Sam's own calm regarding the seeming inevitability of his impending death lay powerfully on
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Harun Harahap
Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lita, Echa dan Roos
Shelves: punya, fiksi, terjemahan
Saat aku membaca halaman pertama kisah ini dimulai, aku tahu bahwa aku akan jatuh cinta dengan buku ini.

Kisah ini menceritakan seorang bocah lelaki berusia 11 tahun yang menderita penyakit Leukimia. Bocah lelaki yang mempunyai rasa ingin tahu yang besar termasuk didalamnya adalah kematian. “Bagaimana kita tahu sudah mati? Sakitkah kalau mati? Apakah dunia masiha da setelah aku mati”, pertanyaan macam itu yang membuat saya ingin merengkuh dan memeluknya dan mengatakan semua akan baik-baik saja da
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Vivianne
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 4-stars
This book was so far out of my comfort zone..

This is a book you can read in one sitting and finish in about two hours. However I just couldn’t. I needed to be in the right mood for the final part because I knew what was coming.. So I put the book aside for like three months, and today was the day I picked it up again and broke my heart.

This book isn’t literature. It’s written very easily and it was really far out of my comfort zone because I normally read YA (dystopian/fantasy). But this book it
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Joni
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
This book is just... wow. I'm sorry I can't think of a more intelligent way to put it, but it was so incredibly ... beautiful. You can't often say that about what is supposed to be a kids' book, but this was so simply, heartbreakingly written, it was like ... it was so terrifically honest and convincing, half the time I was sure I was reading a true, Anne-Frank-style diary. Both Sam and Felix leapt off the page and in to my head, and I can tell you now, I will never forget them.
But what is so he
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Helna
Apr 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, terjemahan
Lagi asyik-asyiknya liatin rak-rak buku di Gramedia PS ma adek, eh saya malah ketemu buku ini. Beruntungnya lagi kaver plastiknya gak ada, jadi saya bisa baca dan seperti biasa memutuskan Beli atau Gak. Dan tahukah kawan, setelah membaca halaman awal buku ini saya malah keterusan baca..Kesimpulannya : Buku ini jadi saya beli (walau sudah lumayan kotor dan lecek karena sering dibaca dan stoknya cuma ada satu!).

Singkat Cerita:

Buku ini bercerita banyak hal, tapi akan saya singkat saja berdasarkan p
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Lyndi
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This Book + The Feels=Broken Heart
This was so heartwarming, i had quite high expectations of this book due to seeing the film first but the adaptation of this book is so good!
I loved how innocent a this book is, there is no sugar coating the reality of a cancer patient. The character in this book Sam asks all the interesting questions that either nobody answers are no one knows the answer to. My favourite character in this book is Felix, he was a real representation of what the world truly is a
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Meinar
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
Happiness is not about what you will get, but what you have and do now.

Membaca buku ini awalnya saya sangka hanya akan menemukan cerita anak2 biasa yang typically kisah seorang anak sebelum meninggal, yang sudah banyak saya baca di edisi2 Chicken Soup. Tapi semakin lama, ternyata saya ikut masuk ke dalam tubuh dan pikiran Sam. Saya mulai ikut merasakan sendiri kesepiannya, saya ikut merasakan bahagia dengan mimpi2nya, saya ikut merasakan sakit atas penderiataannya, dan pada saat dia mengatakan
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Ellis
Nog nooit kreeg ik tranen in m'n ogen van een boek, maar dit verhaal raakte me echt. Prachtig en puur. Wauw.
sana  °¤°
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-have-a-heart
Ways To Cry Forever: Read this damn book.
Wezy
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: If you like the children and dramatical books, it's a must read!!!
Recommended to Wezy by: No one at all
When he was eight, the son of friends of mine went through a sort of John Webster phase, being much obsessed with death. His fondness for poking at road-kills and gazing at graveyards troubled his parents, of course, but not half as much as the interminable questions. What's it like to die? How do you know when you're dead? What happens afterwards? Why do we have to die anyway? These are "The Questions that Nobody Answers", according to Sam McQueen, the 11-year-old hero of Ways to Live Forever. ...more
Meaghan
The 9-to-12 age group's answer to Jenny Downham's Before I Die. 11-year-old Sam keeps a notebook in the final months of his life, while he's getting palliative care for his leukemia. He's on homebound instruction with his friend Felix, who also has terminal cancer, and visits a clinic once a week to get his medicine. Sam has a real voice, just the right one for a child his age. His story brought tears to my eyes.

What struck me the most about the story was Sam's family. They were a functional fam
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Nura
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-mine
Pertanyaan no. 1: Bagaimana kita tahu kita sudah mati?
Pertanyaan no. 2: Kenapa Tuhan membuat anak-anak jatuh sakit?
Pertanyaan no. 3: Bagaimana kalau ada orang yang sebenarnya belum mati, tapi dikira sudah mati oleh orang-orang lain? Apakah dia akan dikubur hidup-hidup?
Pertanyaan no. 4: Sakitkah kalau mati?
Pertanyaan no. 5: Seperti apakah kelihatannya orang yang mati? Atau apa rasanya?
Pertanyaan no. 6: Kenapa sih orang mesti mati?
Pertanyaan no. 7: Ke mana orang setelah mati?
Pertanyaan no. 8: Apak
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e.c.h.a
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to e.c.h.a by: Roos
Shelves: inspiring
indah. menggetarkan. simpel.


Kita tak perlu menunggu mati untuk memaknai arti kehidupan.
Esther
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik vond dit boek zo mooi, ik heb hem daarom ook in een rap tempo uit kunnen lezen. Geweldig boek!
Althesia
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
Di dalam buku yang satu ini, ada seorang anak berumur 11 tahun yang mengidap leukemia.Can you imagine that? Dia berusia 11 tahun dan mengidap leukemia!! Anak ini dikenal dengan nama Sam.

Sam suka mengumpulkan fakta. Ia bercita-cita menulis sebuah buku. Buku yang berisi berbagai fakta, pertanyaan, bahkan kumpulan hal-hal yang disukainya. Pertanyaan-pertanyaan yang ia sampaikan disebutnya sebagai pertanyaan tak terjawab. Salah satunya adalah : "Kenapa Tuhan membuat anak-anak jatuh sakit?" Jika pert
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Miss Kodok
Nov 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buku-minjem
Sam, seorang bocah laki-laki berusia 11 tahun penderita leukimia lymphoblastic akut...menuliskan hari-hari terakhir dalanm hidupnya. Mengetahui bahwa hidupnya tidak akan lama lagi, ia ingin memberikan kenangan yang indah bagi orang-orang yang ditinggalkannya dan hidup di hati mereka selamanya. Sebuah kisah yang sangat menyentuh..., bagaimana seorang anak menghadapi kematian ini tidak dengan kesedihan dan rasa putus asa, ia melakukan hal-hal yang ingin ia lakukan sebelum ia pergi. Walaupun banyak ...more
Deanna
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Realistic fiction--death, family, writing, friendship, inquiring. Absolutely wonderful book about a boy named Sam who is dying of leukemia. His teacher invites him to write a book and he includes lists, all of his questions about death that no one wants to talk about or answer, facts, his goals, things he collects (kind of like a scrapbook), etc. He meets a friend named Felix in the hospital who also is dying and they work on Sam's list of things he wants to do including smoking, kissing a girl ...more
jesse
Sep 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Been made into a movie

Basically it's about a boy who knows he's gonna die, but has a list of things-to-do he wants to fulfill before it's too late. This element has been used a lot of times in many, many books, but never ceases to get old (to me).
The voice Sally Nicholls created through 11 year-old Sam rang true in my ears.
It was depressing, a few times touching & still a good example to what death can do to the one dying and the loved ones being left behind.

Naomi
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I finished this book an hour ago & I had to wait and pull myself together before writing this review.
It is one of the most emotional books I've ever read.
Anyone who reads this and doesn't shed tears has a heart of stone!
I HATE it when people give a book less stars just because its sad. Surely if a book can evoke such strong emotions in a person then that is proof that it is very well written and the reader is fully engrossed in the story!
I gave it 5 stars because this story deserves no less
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Beatrice
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

The first tear jerker of the year
Abduraafi Andrian
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terjemahan, 2017
Satu lagi bacaan sendu anak-anak yang patut dibaca oleh berbagai kalangan dari semua usia.

Review lengkap menyusul.
Dumitrita Socianu
O carte de o inocență surprinzătoare, un roman care ne vorbește despre durerile sufletești prin care trece un băiețel ce suferă de leucemie. Recenzia mea: https://worldofbooksweb.com/2017/06/2...
Courtney
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: 2016-read
I got this book at my local bookstore on Independent Bookstore day. It was one of those "blind date" books where they wrap the book in paper and write a short description of the story on front, preventing you from "judging a book by its cover". I'm so glad that not only did I get this book but I couldn't see its cover- which doesn't relate the story at ALL and probably wouldn't have been a book I picked up on my own.

This story is told in a mix of letters, lists and journal entries. Ways to Live
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Jess
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv
Although I was personally caught up in Sam's story (and yes, crying through the second half), I was distracted by the question of whether or not this book would really appeal to an eleven year old boy. I know there's an appetite for sob-stories in young girls, but would boys pick this up? I can't say I know the answer, but one thing consoled me - Sam is really thinking things through. We see his distraught parents trying to cope, and occasionally they come on the scene as realistic, fully-fleshe ...more
Milan/zzz
Jun 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How lovely novel this is. Normally I don't read novel for young adults but I did liked this one very much indeed. The language is simply but absolutely beautiful; portraits as well; it's really impossible not to love Felix and entire Sam's family (and of course Sam). From the very beginning you are stunned by horrifying circumstance characters of the novel are facing with and feel gratefulness cause you're not from that story. Then you realize that there are numerous people in precisely the same ...more
Elifnaz
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Eski okulumda yaşam döngüsünü işlerdik. Su döngüsünü, karbon döngüsünü, yeni yıldızların oluşum döngüsünü biliyorum. Hepsinde eskiler ölür, yeniler doğar. Yaşlı yıldızlar, genç yıldızlara dönüşür. Ölü yapraklar yavru filizlere dönüşür. Bir şey ölüyordur ya da doğuyordur. Nasıl baktığınıza bağlı."
"Fakat bunlar, çocukların da ölmek zorunda olmalarının nedenini açıklamıyor."
Bu kadar bir çırpıda biten bir kitapta o kadar çok şey anlatılmış ki okumadan nasıl hissettirdiğini anlayamazsınız. Okumadan
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Ayla
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ik heb dit boek op 3 uur uitgelezen.

Het is een heel moeilijk onderwerp, maar toch zo makkelijk geschreven. Op het einde werd ik echt even heel stil.

Je merkt dat het boek geschreven is voor een jong publiek, maar ergens vind ik dit een heel mooi perspectief, omdat het boek ook leert hoe je kan omgaan met de dood en de weg daar naartoe. Heel mooi geschreven, en wel een aanrader vind ik!
Betsy
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Betsy by: John Mason
One Sentence Review: You have to have some kinda chops to write a funny dying kid book, particularly if it's written in that kid's voice, but this is just one of the funniest, smartest, and saddest titles of the year.
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Sally Nicholls is a prize-winning British children's author. She was born and grew up in Stockton-on-Tees. On finishing school, Nicholls chose to travel around the world. Her first novel was Ways to Live Forever.
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“There's no point having wishes if you don't at least try to do them” 133 likes
“Things I Want to Happen After I die: You're allowed to be sad, but you're not allowed to be too sad. If you're always sad when you think about me, then how can you remember me?

—Sam McQueen”
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