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Dying to Live introduces Brendon Merullo, a boy with the usual childhood fantasies of winning the World Series for the Yankees, the NBA Championship for the Knicks, and the Super Bowl for the Jets. Unfortunately for the cause of New York sports, he puts away his dreams and then works-hard-and makes a success of his life, at least, according to the world's standards. The au ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by iUniverse
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Vinny I love how chapter one sucks you right in, and makes you not want to ever put the book down.
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Great reading……..with a happy ending
There are revelations, confessions, expressive sentiments
He made his main character believable, genuine.
the book had me thinking that even under heartrending circumstances to stay positive, optimistic and strong
Parts with emotional feelings, thoughts, revisiting the things we so easily forget
Journey of self- discovery in todays world, of finding oneself without being spiritual!!
Alex Mueck
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is not just a great read, but also an important book. Packed with emotion, and the ability to make you think, not just about your life, but others as well, you will find yourself doing a lot of reflecting. The story is told through the eyes of a very real, and personable character who sees his near perfect life turned upside down. I really saw this as a modern aged Siddhartha, and a book I will share with friends and family because not only is it a great read, the underlying theme is import ...more
Eunice Moral
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Poignant and sincere.

The author sent me a copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Vincent!

This book, isn't just your ordinary book. It contains so much wisdom that will suck you in and give life to a whole different you, or at least a person with a whole lot different perspective towards things - things that we often neglect, things that are far more important, things that actually matter. This book was more like an eye-opener, at least it is for me. I was at the time of my life
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Gto Joe
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I typically wouldn't read a book like this, but am so glad that one of my friends insisted that I did. It is one that you pick up and cannot put down. The truths hidden throughout the works are humbling as facts we all know, but sometimes forget. ...more
Donna Valente
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Goodreads giveaway and I am glad that I did Wow!!This book is excellent. It is very intense and makes you look at your life and change a few things. Brilliant author!!! A very good read.
Gina DeRosa
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a new mother this book really speaks to the lessons I hope to instill in my daughter. A recommended read for all ages.
Keith
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a page turner. Once I picked this book up I never wanted to put it down. Great read!! Will force you to look at your life in a different light.
Lily
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, personal-growth
*** I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review ***

“We stop doing what we like to do or what we want to do and instead we do what we feel we are ‘supposed’ to do. We are supposed to go to college, not for what we want to do, but for what will make us the most money. We are supposed to take the job that pays us the most, without considering the negative cost that cannot be calculated in dollars and cents. We pay the price with long commute times, high stress, and work
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Ashley Tomlinson
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Wow this book should be a must read for everyone. It's short but long enough to make you think about everything in your life. It is so inspiring. It really makes you think about what is important in life, which I think a lot of people need to do. I was included in that and now I will probably stay awake tonight thinking about ways to get the most out of my life. Thank you Vincent Monteleone for writing such an eye opening book. ...more
Samantha
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Inspirational in every way!!! The author reminded me time and time again to never lose sight of what is really important in life.. After completing this book I feel like I have a new and refreshed outlook on life.. I will definitely recommend this book to all of my friends and family. Enjoyed every minute :)
Jessica Megan
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This book was very inspirational. I highly recommend it! Makes you view life a little differently....
(Won mine through GoodReads Giveaway)
Juan
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As affecting as it is absorbing. Beautifully observed and poignant.

--**Thank you for my free Goodreads copy and giving me hope**

GoFundMe.com/jtovar
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Rob DeVito
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dying to Live really opened my eyes forcing me to take a good hard look in the mirror. I recommend this book to everyone regardless of age.
Justine (bookwormaniac)
I received a review copy from the author himself in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

Truly a powerful short book that can change millions of lives. It comprises a lot of values embedded on every chapters, continuously reminding us how important life is and how important that we should cherish the specific time given to us and use it to live our lives with a purpose.

In this debut novel, a man named Brendon, who has a big dream, has recently been diagnosed with cancer
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Mike
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dying to Live figuratively grabs your head and forces you to stare the truth of the human condition, directly in its face. We all know death is certain, but most sure don't act like it. Our possessions that we work so hard for, wind up owning us. We spend our finite resource of time on acquiring things in life that do not even truly fulfill us. Dying to Live hammers that truth home. We may all know it, that life is short, but we are not giving that fact the urgency it deserves.

I really enjoyed t
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Susan
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book captured me in from the opening chapter. I just could not put it down. The many truths that are revealed are eye opening and will help you take a good long look in the mirror at yourself and the way you are leading your life. I will definitely give this book to my children to read as these lessons I believe are important for them to learn as young as possible. Love, love, love. Highly recommend!!!
Vinny
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book spoke to the many lessons I am trying to teach my kids. You can always make more money, you can never make more time. No matter the age Dying to Live can speak to you as the reader and possibly change your life for the better. Highly recommend.
Chris
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Countless times this book left me speechless. If you read one book this year make sure it's Dying to Live. ...more
Noelle
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Simply could not put this down. I typically wouldn't read a book like this, but so glad that I did. Highly recommend!! The main characters journey is so inspiring! ...more
Andrew Langert
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author creates a character who, though only in his 40s, is dying of cancer. This short book is narrated by this character. He regrets the way he has lived his life. He vows to live what remains of his life differently and better. He will no longer spend all his time in pursuit of monetary wealth. He will no longer be obsessed with material possessions. Instead, he will do something he truly enjoys everyday and live more selflessly.
There is a lot of wisdom in these narrations. Each chapter co
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Barb Eck
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a debut novel by Vincent J. Monteleone. It definitely is an eye opener which I will be rereading. We often neglect what's important in life to concentrate on the material things, on how much money we can make and how much we can spend. It is a very thought provoking book about life being short and what we really want to do with the time we have.

I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review. I recommend this book be put at the top of your reading list and to pass it around
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Tena
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2-goodread_wins
A truly inspirational tale with many wonderful life lessons. My thanks to author, Vincent J. Monteleone, for this signed copy of "Dying to Live" that I won in a GOODREADS giveaway. ...more
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
Thanks so much to the author for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

3.5 stars.

This was a very... Different book for me. In terms of storyline and in terms of the way it is written.

Basically, a man is diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, and given 6-18 months to live. He's 43. Premise wise, this book sounded interesting and it was, for the most part.

Because the mains character, Brendon, is a businessman/entrepreneur, a lot of the story deals with living
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Kaylin Beach
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The eight-year-old version of me would actually be disgusted with the man I grew up to be."

Dying To Live by Vincent J. Monteleone is completely amazing! I have no idea where to start with this book. This book is not a book I would normally read, but I definitely do not regret it. This book changed my life.

The main character, Brendon, is diagnosed with cancer and it's a huge eye opener. Brendon now realizes that he wasn't living right. Happiness is more important than money, and he used to beli
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Carlos
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
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: *I RECEIVED A COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM THE AUTHOR IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THAT DOESN'T AFFECT IN ANY SINGLE WAY MY THOUGHTS AND RATING ON THE BOOK. I'LL ALWAYS GIVE MY HONEST OPINION, LIKE IT OR NOT*
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Dying to Live is not the kind of book that I'm used to read. I'm used to action-packed stories, fantasy, sci-fi and so on. This is an inspirational read. For so, it was a little hard for me to actually like it. Nevertheless, there were some parts and quotes I really started to think more
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Marisa Young
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A successful businessman finds he has terminal cancer and starts to re-evaluate his priorities in life.
The story line is not the most important part of the book. It is the author's comments on value we place on things, work and people and how we all need to take a hard look at what is really important in life. Very enlightening.
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Brittney
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC copy on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is a very good book. It is about realizing what is really important in life and living happily with the time you have. There is happiness, sadness, and enlightenment contained in this story. I gave this book 5 stars. It was a touching story unlike anything I have read before.
Catherine
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-ones
EVERYONE should read this book! Especially young people willing to learn from other people's experience, and workaholics! Life lessons and heart felt emotions abound in this true-story book. Best book I have read in a long time! I received this book free from a Goodreads giveaway. ...more
Pete
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I read this book in one day, I even missed the beginning of the opening NFL game to finish it. Truly inspiring is an understatement. Will make you take a good glance at your life and change you for the better.
Michelle Olms
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book
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Vincent J. Monteleone has poured passion into writing Dying to Live, his debut novel. In 2013 he earned a business degree from Baruch College. Since then, he has discovered alternatives to the view of the world he learned about in his college classes. Theres alternatives shape his passions and his writing.

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