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Sleek writing ("Sam rode a motorcycle, no helmet. In the sea of entry-level Chevy sedans and sober parentmobiles, the big Harley in Student Lot B commanded attention") and a highly specific Florida setting are among the many strengths of this romance-cum-tearjerker, second in the Love Stories series. On the very same day that Allison begins getting to know Sam, the mysterious new guy in school, she learns that Izzy's been diagnosed with brain cancer and has only a few months to live. Allison just can't find the right time to tell her best friend about her burgeoning romance, especially when Izzy develops a crush on Sam herself. Then Allison decides to make her best friend's last days truly unforgettable by convincing Sam to become Izzy's boyfriend instead of her own. This hokey plot gains some substance from the thoughtful characterizations and the logical, not entirely strife-free way in which the premise is developed, while Allison's tart, energetic first-person narration keeps the story from dissolving into an outright sobfest. A subplot involving Sam's beloved, eccentric grandfather balances the central romance and echoes its theme of letting go. Applegate's (Boyfriends and Girlfriends) effort is a cut above most entries in the genre. Ages 12-up. (Feb.)q
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Grade 8-11?Alison Chapman is a sensitive, intelligent high-school junior in Sarasota, Florida. Sam Cody is the new boy at school?mysterious and good-looking. Alison finds him even more attractive after she rescues him from a minor motorcycle accident. Her best friend Izzy has also fallen for Sam, however, and the situation becomes complicated when Izzy is diagnosed with brain cancer. Alison decides that Izzy should be happy the last few months of her life and convinces Sam to be Izzy's boyfriend. Sam is clearly interested in Alison, but reluctantly goes along with the "sharing" idea. What starts out as a typical YA love story turns into a poignant tale about friendship and first love. Characterizations are well done?Alison is believable and likable; Izzy is brave and endearing; Sam is complicated, but caring. Applegate has written a good alternative to the "Sweet Valley High" series and Janet Quin-Harkin's books. An above-average romance with a well-developed plot.?Judy R. Johnston, Auburn High School, WA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Love Stories
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (March 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385731353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385731355
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Katherine Applegate's many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, a picture book entitled The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel, Home of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.

Katherine was inspired to write The One and Only Ivan after reading about the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the "Shopping Mall Gorilla." The real Ivan lived alone in a tiny cage for twenty-seven years at a shopping mall before being moved to Zoo Atlanta after a public outcry. He was a beloved celebrity at the zoo, which houses the nation's largest collection of western lowland gorillas, and was well known for his paintings, which he "signed" with a thumb-print.

Katherine lives in California with her husband and two children.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By annmmar on September 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book left me in tears. Although I read the back of the book and had an idea what it was all about I still cried. Allison is a teenager who has a best friend name Isabel or Izzy as she is called. Izzy has been going to do a lot tests and just letting Allison believe it was routine onlyu to be told that Izzy has brain cancer and does not have long to live. Allison is deeply hurt and vows to fight this true with Izzy. Enters Sam a new kid in school that every one is making up rumors about because they dont know the truth, Allison becomes infatuted with him after he has an accident near her on his motorbike. Because of Izzy sickeness Allison fights with wondering whether to tell Izzy about Sam, as time goes by Sam and her begin to fall in love. When she eventually decide to tell Izzy about her romance she realizes Izzy likes Sam and so the story continues to unwind were Allison begs Sam to romance Izzy since she begins to like him. At first he cannot believe she ask that of him but then he does it. In the end he ends up truly falling in love with Izzy. This a story about faith, trust, disbelief and sadness. It makes you think what would you do in this situation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katherine C. on August 6, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love this book, i honestly can't say enough good things about it. I've had it since it came out orignaly in 95 and I've read it about 10 times since. My copy is in bad shape cause of this. The story line just drags me in every time, and i just keep getting lost in it through I know what happens at the end. And everytime i get to the end I cry. It's just such a sweet story about what bestfriends will do for each other when one of them is dying. A must read for any romantic, no matter if your a die-hard romantic or one who just enjoys a good romance every once in awhile. A MUST READ.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kinneret on June 2, 2001
Format: Library Binding
I have read this book quite a few times in the past few years. It is a saddening, yet oddly inspirational story about to best friends, and the guy they end up sharing. But it has a heart breaking twist. It is one of my favorite books, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it over and over again. I recommend it to almost anyone. My only caution is not to read it if you have personal experience with cancer. It has laughs and tears, but in the end all is well. If you like this book you may want to read something by Lurlene McDaniel, or vice versa.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Poison Lilac on April 24, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Sharing Sam" is a beautiful tale of sacrificing love for friendship. In almost every scene Applegate delicately includes some kind of metaphor to drive home the messages of the book. Sometimes her use of imagery is so subtle, you only notice it after a second or third reading.
In that respect, this is definitely a superior young adult romance novel. But having read some of Applegate's other work ("Animorphs," "EverWorld," "Boyfriends and Girlfriends" a.k.a. "Making Out") I know that this is not the best she could do. Everything else Applegate has written has provided me with realistic, three-dimensional characters that leap off the page and stay with me for years afterward. But Alison Chapman is a *severely* under-developed character, and Sam Cody seems just a little too perfect. (Even the hunks of Chatham Island had their flaws.) Isabella showed potential for being a more memorable character, but Applegate just didn't flesh her - or anyone else - out enough. Which disappointed me a lot, because I wanted to learn more about the girl who gave her first love to her best friend. Besides the fact that she owns a horse, Alison seems to be the Average Teenager, with no unique character traits. Shouldn't we know the most about the narrator, seeing as how she's the one telling the story?
But despite the lousy characterization, I'd still recommend this book to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vtown Tigers on November 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
After crashing his motorcycle, Allison Chapman comes to the rescue. At School, Allison hears all these terrible things about this guy and she finally gets the chance to meet him. His name is Sam Cody and once Allison meets him she instantly falls in love with his gorgeous eyes and shaggy hair. Meanwhile, Allison's best friend Isabella Cates-Lopez, Izzy, is very sick with a form of cancer. Sam and Allison are now dating and Izzy doesn't know. Izzy soon gets out of the hospital and has a party for her homecoming. Allison is invited and she brings Sam along. Izzy meets him and she immediately falls in love. At the party, Allison hears terrible news from Izzy's parents saying that she only has two more months to live. Allison is going to make Izzy's last two months the best ever by doing everything and getting everything she wants, even if it means she has to share Sam.

I really liked this book because it made me realize that you have to live everyday like it's your last and to the fullest, because you never know what will happen next. In the book I didn't like how it didn't explain or tell much about Sam Cody's life.

I would recommend the book Sharing Sam, to girls mostly because it is mostly more of a sad romance. This book doesn't have many big words so anybody any age could read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gotigers on September 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Sharing Sam, I thought was a pretty good book. The book is based on a girl named Alison Chapman, and how she falls in love with a guy named Sam Cody. Sam is the talk of the town, because he just moved to Florida, has a motorcycle, wears no helmet, and has a mysterious look to him. Alison and Sam get to know each other, and fall completely in love. Alison's best friend Isabella Cates Lopez has no idea that Sam and Alison are more than just friends. It just so happens, that Izzy has a thing for Sam too. Alison feels really bad for hiding her and Sam's relationship from Izzy, especially because Izzy's brain tumor has returned, and it's serious this time. Now, Alison feels that she has to make Izzy's last days her best, and let Izzy know what it feels like to be in love. To make this possible, she'll have to share Sam.

I did like this book a lot, it wasn't my favorite, but it really was a good book. Out of five, I would probably rate this book a four. There were some parts that I liked about the book, and some parts that I didn't like about the book. The main thing that I liked was that it didn't just revolve around one main character, it talked a lot about more than just one person. I also liked that the book was about situations in life that can happen to anyone, and I liked that the book was about love. It showed strong feelings and showed what it was like to be in love. It taught me how to deal with tough situations in life. If you think that your life is tough, then you should read this book to see the difficult problems that Alison, Sam, and Izzy have to face and deal with. I would consider this book a page turner, because it makes you want to read more, and see what's going to happen next.
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