Make sure you have a box of tissues handy for this one! The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla is an endearing tale that follows two teenagers as they struggle to understand the effects of cancer, relationships, and themselves.
Sam is the girl next door, you know the cultural stereotype--wholesome, average, not your girly-girl type! But when 17-year old Sam is right there every step of the way for her best friend, Jesse, he begins to see her in a different light. Only thing is--he has a rare, treatment-resistant form of cancer and his odds of survival aren't good.
As Sam helps Jesse with his struggle, Sam must overcome her own fears and discover who the real Sam is along the way.
Anyone who has watched a loved one suffer through illness will relate to this story. As if there's not enough to deal with as a teenager, this poignant novel brings home the message that "Death can never rob us of the love we give away."
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Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Westside Books (June 1, 2010)
Source of review copy: Publicist