Breathless

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Breathless
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May 12, 2009
ISBN
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What is the toughest request anyone can be asked to fulfill?

Travis Morrison is a champion diver and one of the most popular kids at school. On the first day of summer vacation, while boating on the lake with his friends, Travis attempts a silly stunt dive that goes wrong. He fears he has broken his leg. Instead, his trip to the hospital reveals he has a rare form of cancer, and to save him, the doctors tell his parents they must amputate. In an instant, Travis’s life and the lives of everyone around him are forever changed.

Travis is determined that he and only he should decide the course of his life. He has a plan, but he can’t carry it out alone. Will he convince one of his friends to fulfill his most important request?

Lurlene McDaniel tackles a controversial subject, probing the issues of personal choice and quality of life.

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Water is my life
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Reader reviewed by Godzgirl

I did not like this book. Lurene McDaniel the author suprised me by some of the language used in this book. Other words could have been used in repalcement of tose words. This author has always written clean books so this was a suprise to me. This story could have given wrong ideas to a person in distress.To me it came across as sudcie was ok. Its not!!!On the other hand the book was well written. The story flowed well.

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Breathless
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What is the toughest request anyone can be asked to fulfill?Travis Morrison is a champion diver and one of the most popular kids at school. On the first day of summer vacation, while boating on the lake with his friends, Travis attempts a silly stunt dive that goes wrong. He fears he has broken his leg. Instead, his trip to the hospital reveals he has a rare form of cancer, and to save him, the doctors tell his parents they must amputate. In an instant, Traviss life and the lives of everyone around him are forever changed. Travis is determined that he and only he should decide the course of his life. He has a plan, but he cant carry it out alone. Will he convince one of his friends to fulfill his most important request? Lurlene McDaniel tackles a controversial subject, probing the issues of personal choice and quality of life.
I love Lurlene Mcdaniel books but this one wan't one of my favorites. I didn't really like the changing narrators in each chapter. In all the other books you like feel the person's pain but in this one I just didn't feel it. You never really got to know the characters. You got to know little tidbits about them but you never really knew anything about them.
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Great Discussion Stimulator
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Great Discussion Stimulator

Breathless
By Lurlene McDaniel
Pub. Date: May 2009
4 out of 5 stars
PG-13 Sexual References, Violence, Alcohol Abuse, and Profanity
Recommended

Travis lives in the water. There is nothing more thrilling or gratifying then a successful dive. To celebrate the first day of summer vacation, Travis, his sister, his girlfriend, and his best friend, head out to the lake for some boating and swimming. During the trip, they stop on an island to eat lunch, but Travis leaves them to climb the tempting cliff poking above the water for an adrenaline junky dive. But everything goes terribly wrong. After many tests, the news is even worse than horrible. As everything falls apart, these four friends will be pushed to their moral limits because of one dire secret.

Breathless was sad and real. The story relied on the switching of character perspectives. Even though it sometimes made dialogue and actions a little confusing, the switching of perspective was this books strongest asset.

Breathless centered on the controversial subject of Euthanasia. Through the characters, both sides of the argument were present and explored. While reading this book, I had several questions formulating in my mind. Breathless would be a great book for high school reading teachers or parents to stimulate some really deep discussions.

Date Reviewed: May 13th, 2009

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