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Angels in Pink: Kathleen's Story [Kindle Edition]

Lurlene Mcdaniel
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It’s the summer after sophomore year and Raina has convinced her best friends since the sixth grade, Kathleen and Holly, to spend their summer as “pink angels” in Parker-Sloan General Hospital’s summer volunteer program. Kathleen is reluctant to do it—she has enough responsibility at home caring for her sick mother. But when she meets Carson, a cute and flirty fellow volunteer, she is happy that she joined the program. Or, at least, she thinks she is. Carson’s “old friend” Stephanie keeps showing up at all the wrong times. And Kathleen’s mother keeps complaining that she needs Kathleen at home. But with friends Raina and Holly by her side and her Pink Angel t-shirt on her back, Kathleen is able to realize that helping others also allows you to help yourself.


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"Are we ready?" Raina St. James asked. She looked expectantly at her two friends.

"I'm ready," Holly Harrison answered. More than ready, she thought. Anything to get herself out of the house and away from her parents' eagle eyes, especially her father's. His will was impossible to bend, his mind impossible to change. He treated her like she was twelve instead of sixteen, so yes, she was ready for Raina's project.

"I'm ready too," Kathleen McKensie said, knowing it was a lie. She wanted to say, I don't even want to be here, but she didn't have the guts. This summer project was totally Raina's idea, but because she'd let her two friends talk her into it, she had no one to blame but herself for agreeing to join them.

They climbed out of Raina's car and she locked the doors with the electronic key. "This is going to be a great summer," Raina said. "Trust me."

"Don't we always?" Holly said.

The three of them, friends since sixth grade, had just finished their sophomore year at Cummings High in Tampa, Florida, where they were practically inseparable. But it was Raina who led them--not in a bossy way, but by sheer force of personality and persuasion. Once Raina set her mind on something, it came to pass, and from the moment she'd started talking about Parker-Sloan General Hospital's summer volunteer program after the Christmas break, Kathleen had known she'd cave and join Raina and Holly as a volunteer. However, now that the day was really upon them, Kathleen was wishing she'd voiced her objections when she'd had the chance. For starters, being a volunteer would consume her entire summer. And then, of course, she had to consider her mother, whom she decided not to think about at the moment.

Kathleen followed Raina and Holly through the parking garage to the elevator. It was only eight on a Saturday morning, but already heat was starting to build. By noon, it would be in the high eighties. They should have been heading to the pool at Raina's townhome complex for some sun worship instead of to volunteer orientation at the hospital.

"What floor?" Holly asked once the elevator door slid open and they stepped inside.

Raina said, "Third."

Holly pushed the button and the elevator rose. "This place is the size of a small city. I'll never find my way around."

"Sure you will," Raina countered. "I'll help both of you." Raina's mother was head of nursing at Parker-Sloan, so Raina knew plenty about the layout of the giant hospital complex, which easily covered two city blocks. She was fascinated by the world of medicine and today she was starting as a teen volunteer, fulfilling a dream she'd had for years, and having her two best friends with her made it even more special.

"Gee, thanks," Kathleen said with an edge of sarcasm. Although Kathleen understood Raina's fascination, she was not attracted to medicine. No way. And she secretly thought that Raina wouldn't be either if she had a sick mother at home as Kathleen did. As for Holly, Kathleen knew she'd do anything to escape her strict parents. That fact, and the fact that Raina was dating Holly's brother, Hunter, made Holly more agreeable to Raina's wishes.

"What are friends for?" Raina said, flashing a perky smile. The elevator stopped and the girls stepped into a hallway. "The auditorium is this way," Raina said, pointing left.

As they rounded a corner, Kathleen saw a line of teens filing through open double wooden doors--mostly girls, but some boys too. Inside the doors, stadium-style seats with flip-up writing desks made a sharp downward descent. At the bottom were a desk and a blackboard that stretched across the wall. A man and woman were watching the group file in and waving them toward the front. "Don't be shy," the man called. "Come on down."

"Looks like we're not the only volunteers who signed up," Holly said over her shoulder.

"Told you so," Raina said. "This is one of the best places in the city to spend a summer. Plus, don't forget, if we make it through this program, we can sign up to be year-round volunteers and earn credits toward graduation."

"Which is better than another science class," Holly said.

"But no money," Kathleen added pointedly. She'd given up a part-time job in a clothing boutique because of the program.

"Hence the term 'volunteer,' " Raina said, not a bit apologetic about Kathleen's job loss.

"Well, I think it's going to be fun." Holly took a seat along with her friends.

"And so will you, Kathleen." Raina gave her friend a patronizing pat that almost made Kathleen get up and leave. She might have too, if the man standing at the front of the room hadn't started talking.

"Welcome, summer volunteers, to our Pink Angels program orientation. I'm Mark Powell, director of volunteers at Parker-Sloan, and this is Connie Vasquez, volunteer coordinator." He nodded at the slim young dark-haired woman standing next to him. Connie waved. "All of you have passed the preliminary part of our Angels program in that first set of paperwork you submitted in April. Today"--he paused for dramatic effect--"more paperwork." He grinned, and Connie held up several thick file folders while the audience groaned.

"But after we fill out the forms and go over some rules," Connie added, "we'll break into small groups and take a tour of the hospital and the various floors and departments where you'll be used as volunteers. We'll meet here afterward for free pizza."

The audience applauded.

"One of the things in your packet is a form that asks for your shirt sizes, because all of you will be issued special shirts that will instantly identify you as an Angel volunteer to our staff and personnel," Connie said.

"Read the sheet about our dress code carefully, because there's no wiggle room there," Mark added. "The term 'Pink Angels' came from the pink shirts that our volunteers started wearing in the 1970s." He held up a pale pink polo shirt. "Then somewhere along the way, boys asked to join our program--nursing is a noble profession," he inserted with a grin. "So we added navy blue shirts. The guys just didn't feel comfortable in pink."

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  • File Size: 1584 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (December 18, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XU4TK4
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a new series, but it's typical McDaniel February 11, 2005
By Willow
Format:Library Binding
I'm a huge fan of Lurlene McDaniel's books, but they all seem to blend together after a little while. KATHLEEN'S STORY is the start of a new series (Angels in Pink), and even though its your typical teen romance/drama book, I loved it.

Kathleen isn't too happy when her friends Raina and Holly decide to volunteer at the hospital over the summer, but she gets sucked into doing it too. The reason Kathleen is so reluctant to go with them is simple - her father was killed in a car accident and her mom has multiple sclerosis (MS), and Kathleen thinks she's seen far too many hospitals before. Over the course of the summer, the three friends go through a lot - boyfriends, new friends, perks of their new job, and a possibly life-changing decision.

When Kathleen starts to hang out with - and fall for - the "bad boy" of the volunteer program (Carson Keifer), she thinks the summer is going to be great. Until she meets his friend Steffie, who's prettier than Kathleen, and she's also a model. Kathleen isn't sure what she wants anymore, and her friends try to help her out along the way.

KATHLEEN'S STORY is good, and it isn't as sad as most of McDaniel's books. It's a book you can only read once or twice, though, so I'd get it from the library (or wait until it comes out in paperback, so you won't be paying too much for it). Recommended to fans of Angel of Mercy, A Walk to Remember, and the Mates, Dates, and...series.

Overall grade - B
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Omg! I loved it! November 24, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:Library Binding
Don't get me wrong. I love all of Lurlene McDaniel's books, but they're all just so sad. She's probably only written like 4 books where the main character or the main character's girlfriend or boyfriend doesn't die. It can get depressing. But the new Angels in Pink books aren't like that.

So there are 3 best friends who are all 16, Kathleen, Holly, and Raina. They decide to volunteer at a local hospital for the summer and become "pink angels". Kathleen is really happy when she meets Carson, the really hot guy who's also volunteering, but not by choice. They hit it off, but she worries about where they're going. Carson has this goargous friend, Stephanie, who keeps showing up. Kathleen feels really intimidated. Carson doesn't ever like cheat on her though. I love how he doesn't ever pressure her to go too far, and how he doesn't care that Kathleen's never had that much experience with guys. I want someone like Carson!!!!!!!!!! Waaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

this book is sooooooooooo good! and the best part is, there's still 2 books in the series after this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written! August 22, 2006
A Kid's Review
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Mcdaniel book, and certainly won't be my last. A recomended read for all ages 10+!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every word!! February 24, 2007
A Kid's Review
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Omg I never like to read really but once I borrowed this book from my school library I just could'nt put it down!!!! It has everything us kids want to read about today on a scale of 1-5 a 10 is what this book gets! I finished this book in 4 DAYS!! That never happens to me! I am sure you will absolutely love this book and want more and more! I was able to laugh, be scared, cry, and even be angry with characters in this book! If you have'nt already start reading the angels in pink series!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book January 18, 2007
A Kid's Review
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book isn't like other books. It's really a good book. If you haven't read it yet than I'll give a you a little summary. It's about a girl who's father died, and mother has a serious disease called MS. She also likes this boy but doesn't want to. It's kind of like a regular teens life. She has two best friends and they make sure that she's not constantly cooped up in her house. So they take her to a volunteer group. The rest is left up to you to read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of a Young Girl "Kathleen's Story" May 11, 2005
Format:Library Binding
Boys beware "Kathleen's Story" the first book in the Angels in Pink series is probably not for you. This book is full of girl talk, romance, and all sorts of things that boys don't relate to. Kathleen and her two friends Raina and Holly decide to spend their summer vacation as Pink Angels in Parker-Sloan General Hospital.

At first Kathleen is reluctant to volunteer because she has to care for her wheelchair bound mother, but her friends convinced her to volunteer anyway. Kathleen is surprised she likes volunteering as much as she does. Not only does she get a break from her mother, but she gets to help others, and meet new people. Having to care for her mother didn't leave her with much time to socialize with boys, so when she meets Carson, another volunteer, she is unsure how to act.

The title of the series is what caught my attention, and the fact that is was written by Lurlene McDaniel, one of my favorite authors. "Kathleen's Story" kept me interested and always wondering what would happen next. Lurlene McDaniel's books are always centered on teenage girls which makes them seem more realistic and easy to relate to.

I loved the first book in the Angels in Pink series and can't wait to read the second "Raina's Story."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A THRILLING April 18, 2005
By melissa
Format:Hardcover
kATHLEEN'S story was very interesting. The way the author took me into this book ;like I was there.. The characters will tug at your heart.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!! January 1, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I ordered this book the minute info was released so I'd been waiting for months for it. When I finally got it, I read through it completley. I finished it at about 1:30 in the morning but i didnt care. it was so awesome that i just couldnt put it down. but then again i love all of Lurlene McDaniel's books. i loved how it showed the three different views from all three girls. and i loved how Carson taught Kathleen to get out of her own little world and to have some fun. i am these girls age so I know how they feel. this is a definate have-to read. i cant wait for the next two and have already ordered them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness!!
I really liked this book and its one of my favorites. It's an adorable little book! I would recommend to anyone
Published 9 months ago by Liz Quintana
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book!
Angels in Pink: Kathleen's story is a truly remarkable story and I highly recommend the series and any other book by Lurlene McDaniel. Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by Shay Hardman
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Funny, but Poor Ending
Even though this book is supposed to revolve around one of three best friends, Kathleen, I found that it was divided pretty evenly between the three girls. Read more
Published on June 26, 2011 by Jacob's Beloved
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is just completely awsome
this is probably one of the best books i will ever read. i just ordered the other two in the collection and i cant wait to get them. Read more
Published on April 1, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars No book will ever be better then this one
This is by far the best book i have ever rea in my life and thats saying alot because i dont really like to read so far i have read all three of them and they have taken about one... Read more
Published on March 29, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable story. You won't want to miss!!
This book will leave you wanting more. Kathleen, Raina, and Holly. Three best friends, three Pink Angles, three unforgettable stories. Read more
Published on December 19, 2006 by Mid-Praire Teen
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST STOEY EVER
I this book Kathleen works at a hospital with her two best friends Holly and Raina. She only volenteers so she can escape her mother who constantly needs her 24/7. Read more
Published on November 22, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars SO SAD!!
I just finished the series so that is what i am going to tell you about. These books are soo sad. If you don't like crying during books you don't want to read this. Read more
Published on November 9, 2006 by Book Worm
5.0 out of 5 stars This Was A Great Book!!
This was a great book. I just couldn't stop reading, Lurlene McDaniel did a great job of pulling me into the story. Read more
Published on May 17, 2006 by Teen Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars angels in pink
i thought this was the best book i ever read i cried on all three books i recommend it to teenagers because it deals with alot about real issues.
Published on January 3, 2006 by Ada Palacio
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I was born in Philadelphia PA, grew up (mostly) in Hialeah FL, graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa FL (go Bulls!) and currently live in Chattanooga TN---I'm an American citizen by birth, and Southern by the grace of God.

I have a brother, three years younger, married, and mathematically gifted. I am totally without math skills.

The books I write, the topics and subject matter, grew out of my firstborn son's diagnosis of diabetes at age 3.
Infinite reward that comes to me from my work.... when a grown reader lets me know that reading my books inspired her to seek a profession that helps others. I have wonderful letters saying, "Today I graduated from nursing/medical school."

Now that's a gift of joy!

Official Lurlene McDaniel Website
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