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Radiate by Marley Gibson
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Mar 21, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: arc, own

"This is a story of how cheerleading saved my life"

Some may be thinking "Aww poor her she was a loser and being a popular cheerleader "saved her"". Nope: We're talking cancer. We're talking honest to goodness heartfelt emotions. Although this is not about the cancer itself more than it's about the power of positive attitude. After reading this, I truly believe that we have the power to make our own miracles. It's an inspiration to all who are going through a rough patch. Don't ever believe you can't come out of it!

If you're now thinking "Oh another of those mind over matter stories that I'll never believe really happen". Guess what, this is a based on a TRUE STORY. It's still a classed as a work of fiction, but at its core, this is the author's experience with cancer. I only found this out at the end, and it made me love the book even more. To know someone - even moreso: a teenager - was this strong, this inspiring, it's truly something to look up to.

In this book though, it's Hayley Matthews. Hayley has just gotten her dream of making the varsity cheerleading squad when she starts to get pains in her leg. For a book about cancer, it's surprising more enlivening than depressing. She never develops a desolate - the world is ending - attitude. She stays remarkably positive with a determined perseverance that makes it a really fantastic read. I would even say uplifting. She made me realize that we are stronger than we make ourselves out to be. She takes what's been given to her, and she gives it the finger - this is who Hayley is. I adored her. I loved that she doesn't succumb to the staring and whispering. She goes in front of a crowd to cheer because she loves it; with a limp, with a bald head, with scars, and with a smile. This, to me, is plain a simply admirable.

Besides the cancer, we've got family, friends, football, romance - all the things that make a good book even better. The family dynamics, especially, is great. We have siblings, parent, even friends' families that feel like her own. We also have a reappearing long lost childhood friends. But most of all, we have love. The love that Hayley shares for her friends and family is unequivocal. I wasn't only feeling for her, I was feeling for everyone around her. Full of shocks and secrets - the side stories give off as much heart as the central one. I really enjoyed how it was all interjected seamlessly into this already loaded story.

It's undeniably emotional, but also positively encouraging; I'm actually quite surprised that I haven't seen this book around more, so please, give it a chance because it will surprise you!

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Reading Progress

March 21, 2012 – Shelved
March 21, 2012 – Shelved as: arc
March 21, 2012 – Shelved as: own
April 19, 2012 – Started Reading
April 19, 2012 –
page 53
13.42% "Why do I read books about diseases? Now every time I have a cramp I'm gonna think I'm dying."
April 21, 2012 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Amy (new)

Amy Fournier Lol!! You crack me up.


Giselle :D It's really good though. I feel it's going to be very emotional too.


message 3: by Giselle (last edited Apr 25, 2012 07:08AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Giselle Sam wrote: "I didn't realise this was based on the author's own experience! I really need to stop judging books by their covers as this sounds incredible. Great review. :)"

Lol I know! But the cover does reflect the characters positive attitude. And I only saw it was the author's story at the end where she made a note and her mother wrote her perspective. Thanks Sam! :)


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