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Sharing Sam (Love Stories) Paperback – March 9, 2004

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From Publishers Weekly

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
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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: #546,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Format: Kindle Edition
I wanted to read this one because I am drawn to anything with cancer, and it was an interesting concept with the best friends and one boy. The cancer and death looming over Isabella.

My biggest issue was that Alison should have spoken up in the first place. The cheating gets to me even though this is a unique situation. I know that Alison had the best of intentions, and that she didn't want to say she had feelings for him because of the timing--the day that Izzy told her that she has cancer and its pretty severe.

It was an emotional book, and I connected with Alison. She is a little awkward in her own shoes, but she is okay with it. She is smart and works hard and has a dream for her future. She is mostly just the girl next door. She is loyal to Alison and they are so good as best friends. Alison has the humor to cheer up Isabella when she's feeling pretty dark.

I also liked Alison with her younger sister. They had a bit of a rough relationship at the beginning of the book, but I like how Sam's grandpa Morgan was something that brought them together and gave them something in common again, and avenues to talk to each other.

I like Sam pretty well. He is the bad boy image but he is a softie underneath. He is juggling so much and I know that he and Alison had chemistry. It was hard though when Alison asked him to go with Isabella.

Bottom Line: Good with a couple issues. Liked the main character and friendship.
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