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Telling Christina Goodbye Mass Market Paperback – April 9, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (April 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553570870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553570878
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-10 Trisha is enjoying her senior year and planning to attend college in her home state, Indiana, with her longtime boyfriend, Cody. She's especially excited for her best friend, Christina, who's been offered a scholarship to the University of Vermont, which Trisha sees as an opportunity for the teen to get away from her controlling boyfriend, Tucker. Tension mounts when the four attend a basketball game together and Tucker starts a fight with a boy who talks to Christina. On the way home, the two couples have a car accident that leaves Christina dead and Cody in a coma. After the tragedy, the story and the characters become less one-dimensional and syrupy. The question of what caused the accident provides some suspense; along with the quick pace and easy dialogue, the novel will hold the interest of McDaniel's fans. -Rebecca Hogue Wojahn, Riverside Middle School, Watertown, WI
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

A compelling inspirational novel about the way everything can change in the blink of an eye.

More About the Author

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
http://www.lurlenemcdaniel.com

Customer Reviews

The author of this book is Lurlene McDaniel.
Brittany
This book made me feel happy that I have good friends who are alive, but it also made me realize that anything could happen anytime, even when I least expect it.
Krista Schrader
Telling Christina Goodbye is one of those books that you cry while your reading it.
Jen A Bookworm

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Telling Christina Goodbye is the story of three teens, Trisha, Cody and Tucker, struggling to move on through senior year after their lives are changed one night in a fatal accident leading to the death of their close friend Christina. Tucker Hanson, Christina's demanding boyfriend, was driving the four of them home one night when his car hit a patch of black-ice and over-turned killing Christina, leaving Cody in a coma, injuring Trisha, but barely sratching Tucker. Trisha struggles to remeber the detials of that horrifying night, but can't. Was it really an accident? Will they find the will to move on? Telling Christina Goodbye will keep you keep you turning the page again and again! This is must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By impossible girl on June 22, 2003
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I just read this book, after ordering it for my classroom (I like to preview what's in my classroom library before making it available). This book hits the nail on the head: How do teens go on with their lives when one of their friends dies?
This story hit close to home for me, since I lost a good friend while in high school...and we were in a car accident together, just like the characters in this book. I lived, he didn't. Like Trisha, I had to accept the fact that accidents happen and sometimes not everyone lives. We all make mistakes, it's just how you work through them that makes you a better, stronger person and helps you to grow.
I can't think of a better book that deals with all of the emotions and quesitons that teens face when a peer dies. This author definitely knows her stuff and I would gladly recommend this book (and most of her others) to the teens in my classroom. It is high on detail (the senory details in the accident scene were excellent) and content.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 8, 2006
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This book is a very sad. Christina is a very happy girl. She was happy all the time. One example is that Christina got put down, but she kept her head up. She never felt bad or she blew everything bad that happened over.

Christina would never be a girl that was mad or sad. She always was happy. One day she was driving home from the basketball game with her friends and something happened. You should read the book and find out. It is a great book. You should read it. It is very sad. Christina has her very own personality.

This is a great book for anyone to read that likes stories about young girls that have trouble in life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron on July 15, 2006
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Lurlene McDaniel is my favorite author, and I love her work. I was a little disapointed with "Telling Christina Goodbye" though. I don't think that the idea is original, mainly because I didn't really know the charecters well enough to root for them. I didn't think that this book is as good as most of Lurlene's, although you may feel differently. Even though this book isn't one of my favorites, it is still worth reading.

-thanks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jen A Bookworm on March 31, 2006
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Telling Christina Goodbye is one of those books that you cry while your reading it. It made me realize just how short life really is. Lurlene has a way of making you ask yourself what kind of life you really want to live. I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Read it it will change your life forever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber Parks on October 24, 2004
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The book "Telling Christina Goodbye" by: Lurlene McDaniel was a tremendous book. This book is not only sad, but its also very uplifting. The fact that this group: Cody, Trisha, Christina, and Tucker, are as close as they are, makes this book bring you to tears.

A little about the book: The car accident that they got into ruined every single one of their lives. The accident left Cody in coma, Christina dead, and Trisha wounded, yet Tucker was fine. Trisha had a hard time moving on from Christinas death, and had been waiting for Cody to wake up. As Tucker had been walking around, everyone blaming him for his girlfriends (Christinas) death. When Cody woke up he didn't remember Trisha (his girlfriend). Trisha had to work on it until Cody started to remember her, and fall in love with her again. Trisha made a new friend Abby, and they became close. Abby understood how it felt to be in Trishas place, because she had lost her brother in a car accident just a few years before.

This book is very uplifting because it makes you realize that you can't stay stuck in nuetral, you got to move on with life. No matter what happens, don't forget the memories but also, make new ones.

Any book of Lurlene McDaniels, can bring you to tears yet lift you up. If you get a chance, read one of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 10, 2002
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Telling Christina Good-bye is another great book by Lurlene McDaniel. All of her books are really good, but in this one you could really identify with the main character, Trisha, as she struggles to "say good-bye" to her best friend by holding on to the memories she has. In the book you feel the pain and hurt when her boyfried doesn't recoginize her, and you can relate to how she is always there to help her best friend deal with her not-so-nice boyfriend. The reader can also feel Trisha's shock when she finds out the accident was really Tucker's fault and in a way Christina's. McDaniel rights stronly about an everyday girl whose life is turned around when a car accident leaves her injured, her boyfriend in a coma, and her best friend dead. This strays from the topic of illness that her books are normally about, but she still keeps the idea about death and how percious our life really is. If anything her point comes through stronger in this novel because the character that died didn't have the prolonged death and chance to say good-bye that most dying characters normally have in her books. The book shows how you that life can be normal one minuet and change in a split second, nevering being the same again.
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