Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away. To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena. But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one.
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Brilliantly, Dani's chillingly acute present-tense narration doesn't provide much in the way of exposition or back story but lodges readers directly in Dani's grindingly miserable present, giving them glimpses of the smart, funny girl she used to be.May 02 2012 | Read Full Review of All These Lives
Though Dani's belief about having nine lives isn't fully developed, Wylie gives voice to a spectrum of emotions associated with grief, her heroine's indignation over the injustice of death lancing through any hint of sentimentality.Aug 20 2012 | Read Full Review of All These Lives
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