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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: 2776 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (December 18, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2007
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XU4TK4
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Willow on February 11, 2005
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 A Kid's Review on November 24, 2005
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 A Kid's Review on August 22, 2006
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 A Kid's Review on February 24, 2007
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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 A Kid's Review on January 18, 2007
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacob's Beloved on June 26, 2011
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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. Kathleen's mother is afflicted with multiple sclerosis, which adds a human interest element to the plot that makes the reader sympathetic to Kathleen's struggles. This is also makes it quite understandable as to why Kathleen would be attracted to bad-boy Carson -- she lives such a controlled life that she needs some rebellion and unpredictability to make life more interesting.
The three girls volunteer for a program at the local hospital, called the Pink Angels. This makes for great background material as there is plenty of fodder for creating obstacles and conflicts. It was also somewhat familiar to me, thanks to what I've gone through with my youngest daughter's two hospital stays. My heart especially melted at one of the girl's interactions with a boy sick with cancer.
The characters were not overly unique and some were more likable than others. What really bothered me the most was how the book ended -- it just sort of cuts off. I understand that this book is part of a trilogy, but as it attempts to focus on one particular character, Kathleen, the plot lines pertaining to her should be resolved.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mid-Prairie Teen on 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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