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A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  270 ratings  ·  89 reviews
I think about everything I'll miss if they tell me I'm going to die . . . my mom, my dad, my sister, cookies, TV shows I'll never get to see the end of, walking outside when it's really nice, the smell of fall, the starry sky on a full moon, my grandparents, my grandpa's lasagna, kissing Victor, Victor's eyes, Victor's voice, Victor's smell, Victor's hands . . . Victor.

Hardcover, 96 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (first published April 27th 2012)
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Adele Shea
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute little quick read to tell the story of a cancer patient who has a happy ending.
This would be a good book for young cancer patients to show that there can be light at the end of the tunnel.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I saw this book I was really sure to have already read it in French (in its original version), but after verification and when I started reading it I realize I never did. I’m really happy to finally have the chance to do it. This is a very emotional story. I live a similar story myself, has the boy character, while my girlfriend at the time, now wife, has cancer at a young age, so reading this book bring back a lot of memories. It describes really well the situation and the thinking of the ...more
Megan Morris
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Beautifully illustrated, this graphic novel sheds a light on what it is like to live day to day with cancer. It only makes up 49 pages in total so it’s an incredibly short read, but the artwork and color theme are pleasing to the eye. I’m giving it three stars because I can’t imagine this is something I’ll think about months from now and remember, let alone want to purchase, but in the short time that it took me to read it - I liked it. The ending was sweet and like the title says, there is a ha ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2019
Thank you netgalley, for providing me with the arc of A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending!
You can read about my thought at
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure whether this is my mistaken preconceived notions regarding how the story would go, but A Story About Cancer (with a Happy Ending) by India Desjardins and illustrated by Marianne Ferrer was a lot darker than I thought it would be. I guess the inclusion of a happy ending didn't mean that the story would follow a less dejecting tale in the beginning. And yet, I still can't help feeling as though I expected quite a bit more optimism, hope, and happiness peppered throughout the book. Tha ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a thought provoking reflection on what it is like to be treated for cancer. The speaker is a teenager, who has been, as the title tells us, a happy ending, so I'm not giving anything away here.

A story about Cancer

A story about Cancer

But it isn't so much that the ending is given away, since it is, but her reflections on what her life has been like while she's been treated. How her hospital companion died, no matter how hard she fought to live.

How telling someone to be strong is not the best thing to tell someone.

How cancer does
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a graphic novel about a girl who has cancer and tries to deal with it. It does have a happy ending, as the title says so.
I really enjoyed reading this. I felt emotionally attached to this story, even though it is extremely short. Also, the illustrations are simple, but really beautiful and gives a good representation of the girl's battle with cancer.
Really loved reading this!
{My thoughts} – A nice little story to help teens better understand what it’s like to deal with cancer. This girl has been fighting for her life while going through treatments and she tells about some of the process. She tells how her she feels about how her parents and family and friends treat her. She talks about her close relationship with the girl she’d shared hospital rooms with on a regular basis. She talks about how she met a boy and fell and love. She talks about how gut wrenching it is ...more
Eve beinguniquebooks
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this book, we meet a fifteen year old teen girl who has been fighting leukaemia since she was just ten years old. She lost her friend to leukaemia and we see how she feels about feeling a burden on her family and feels they'd be better off without her.

The images are full of mixed emotions with dark sad images for her hopelessness she feels and warmth with colourful happy memories about her life.

Victor is her other friend, nothing to do with cancer but her school, she falls in love with him an
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing, beautifully written book. It is touching without being too depressing. There is a lot of wisdom and clear images of what someone experiences with cancer. This book is a perfect way to explain and share with a young person what someone with cancer might feel.

The illustrations are perfection. They are so expressive and the simple use of color truly captures the tone of the words on each page.

The only negative I found was that the ending is so quickly handled.

Because of the natu
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel is beautifully illustrated, telling us the story of a teenage girl with leukemia. It melted my heart to learn that the author wrote this for a ten year old girl who had cancer. This girl expressed that she was upset that all stories with people who have/had cancer contain sad endings. She pretty much refused to read books that revolved around cancer. The art in this graphic novel take you on the journey that the main character goes through and introduces you to the people in h ...more
The Artisan Geek
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was really good. A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending opens a door to the realities of living with cancers. It shows the struggles of going through live being seen as a cancer patient, how by having cancer connects you with others who have the same disease and might not make it. This story creates understanding for people who are both directly and indirectly affected by this disease. Furthermore, the illustrations were lovely and captured the mood excellently. My favourite bit was at th ...more
It’s heart-pinching—and a kind of scary read—because I don’t think anybody wants to live through (or relive) this kind of painful and emotionally charged situation, BUT the story actually nails it on reminding you to ponder on what it means to hold on in spite of.

Read the rest of my review here.
Robert Cojocaru
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A powerful book about a girl with leukemia waiting for the doctor to say how much she has got to live and reminiscing on her life since she has learned about her disease.
The art was very nice, and the story made me think this is a graphic novel story in a children's book format.
I feel like this is a brilliant book, and too much information about it might spoil it, so I'll end the review here!

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
Rachael Hobson
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A short, quick read about a girl with Leukemia who gets a happy ending.

I loved that the author wrote it for a girl who had cancer. The girl was upset that all stories with people who had cancer had sad endings. Now there is a book with happy ending for people like her. It shows that there is always hope.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this arc from Netgalley for an honest review. This graphic novel is told by a young girl and her diagnosis of cancer at the age of 15. It’s touching, raw, emotional and open. Truly beautiful.
Nancy The book junkie
Review to come!
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Wow, I am so happy I have a chance to read this book. I just had to read this book, for personal reasons. I was steeling myself for the inevitable tears that would be falling from my eyes. Yes, this would have a happy ending as the title says, but I knew I would cry when she would receive the happy news.

I agree fully with her on hospitals and their colour schemes. Indeed, they are done to make people calm, but if I am sick at a
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Leukemia, though a rare childhood disease, is the most common type of cancer affecting teens. The survival rate for the various forms of childhood Leukemia is over 50% on average but, of course, the treatment, the pain and the anxiety associated with the illness are always difficult for patients and those that care for them. Author India Desjardins once met a 10-year-old girl with leukemia who was frustrated that all the books about childhood cancer had tragic endings; she wanted one with a happ ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, graphic-novels
As a teen heads to her doctor appointment to find out how much time she has left to live, she thinks about her path to this moment. Diagnosed with leukemia at age 10, she didn’t know anyone who had cancer. She thinks about the awful hospital decor done in colors meant to calm and soothe. She thinks about the hospital smell that seeps into her clothes and skin after a time there and how she begs for lavender to be sprayed all over when she gets back home. She thinks of her parents and their suppo ...more
Becky B
A graphic novel that shares the experiences of a 15 year old girl who has been battling leukemia for years. She and her parents are at the hospital about to hear from the doctor her life expectancy after the latest treatments. She reflects on what it has been like to go through cancer treatments and everything she’ll miss if she is about to die, especially her family and boyfriend.

As someone who has walked through cancer with an immediate family member, I can definitely say that even though this
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A Story About Cancer (With a Happy Ending) is exactly what the title suggests. Through simple but lovely illustrations, it tells the story of a teenager who was diagnosed with cancer. The graphic novel is short, less than 50 pages, but surprisingly, it still manages to tell a story and dive into the narrator's relationships with her family, friends, and boyfriend. I wish that it had been longer, but I think that the short length will help it appeal to adults, young adults, and children alike. It ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it

I received from NetGallery in exchange for an honest review

When I request it I have not idea that this was such a short book, in this digital edition it has no more than 50 pages, but despite of this, in each of them the autor presents us a moving story that isn't only touching, almost a pleasure to read.

In this short story, we go to the hand of a 15-year-old girl, diagnosed with leukemia, while she and her parents go to an important consultation: it will be the day they say if she
Wayne McCoy
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
'A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending' by India Desjardins with illustrations by Marianne Ferrer and translation by Solange Ouellet is about that seeming rare event in a cancer diagnosis.

Starting with the bright, bland halls of a hospital, we meet our narrator, who was diagnosed with leukemia 5 years ago. She is back to find out what the doctors have to say about how she is doing. She reflects on the journey: the friends she has met and lost, how she hates being told to be strong, and Victor
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, arc
I received a free eARC from NetGallery in exchange for an honest review.

I will admit, I'm very glad the ending was in the title. Even knowing that, I still felt my breath catching with concern at the end, as though I was afraid the author lied. The author did not lie, and I was relieved.
I'm giving this book 4 stars because it was good and beautiful and made me feel.
The artwork, simple in a way far different than simplicist, added so much to the words on each page. From the colors to the emotion
Katherine Mary
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending is a book I had not heard of before someone on #bookstagram had shared it with me.

Those of you who know me know I'm a sucker for a YA book, especially one that will speak to students well and help them through a difficult time.

This book depicts a young girl who's been diagnosed with leukemia and has undergone a few years of treatments and hospital visits.
The book touches on people giving her "that look", giving advice (good and bad), and awkward run-ins
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet book. It’s a quick read, as it’s not crazy long and a graphic novel. I really just loved this story though. It was so real and the way the author and the illustrator together showed the world of someone with cancer... from the hospital that becomes her home, to the effects on her family, to the truth of how she feels when people say certain “typical” phrases to her... such insight and truth. But most of all, I love that this story DOES have a happy ending (not a spoiler, it’s in the ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Story About Cancer (With A Happy Ending) is about a 15-year-old girl with leukaemia. It is a very short story, forming 49 pages in total. It is a beautifully illustrated book with a very symbolic colour scheme that related very much to how the girl was feeling.
It started off as her going into the hospital to find out if the treatments that she was talking were working; before diving into when she got it 5 years ago, and how she felt regarding how people treated her once they found out she had
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