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Sharing Sam

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Sharing Sam

Previously published in 1995 as a Love Stories series title, SHARING SAM still will be a favorite with readers. This is a refreshingly unusual story in which friendship is more important than getting the guy. Katherine Applegate, popular with readers for her work in the Everworld, Making Out and Animorphs series, writes respectfully of her teen characters. They are likeable, caring people and have many layers in this book.

Alison falls for the mysterious Sam Cody, a dark motorcycle rider from school. In the same time frame, she finds out that her very best friend Isabella is dying of brain cancer. Alison is unable to tell her friend about her new love while she's in the throes of her illness, but then Izzy starts liking Sam too.

Knowing that there is nothing more she can do to make her friend's last days happy, Alison asks Sam to become Izzy's boyfriend. Alison is the best friend everyone would want, and Sam is the boyfriend who every girl would dream of. Sam finds that he likes both girls, but it does make Izzy happy while it lasts. He is also dealing with caring for a grandfather with Alzheimer's. Life in this book is anything but easy --- much like real life.

If you like sad stories or good romances, this is the book for you. Fans of Lurlene McDaniel will find a great read-alike here, too. SHARING SAM is packed with emotion!

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on March 9, 2004

Sharing Sam
by Katherine A. Applegate

  • Publication Date: March 9, 2004
  • Genres: Romance
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0385731353
  • ISBN-13: 9780385731355