Oct 16, 2015

Book Review: Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls

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Review by Suze

Sam is eleven years old. He likes lists, records and facts, he has a sister called Ella and a friend called Felix. Sam has leukemia and he has a list of things he still wants to do in his life. He's writing a book about everything that occupies his mind. He has a lot of questions and tries to find the answers. He wonders about death, dying and being dead, but also about living. He wants to kiss a girl, fly in an airship, drink alcohol, etc. Sam tries to make the most of the time he has left...

Sam is such a special kid with a brilliant mind, which immediately made me like him a lot. I loved how Sally Nicholls lets him answer his own questions. There are several daring ones, things that I think a lot of people want answers to, but are afraid to ask. The topics are all well chosen and the book is so beautifully written. I shed a lot of tears, but also smiled. It's obvious from the beginning that Sam isn't going to get better, but his legacy is precious. He lives forever on paper. Even though he's a fictional character he could have been real. That's what makes the story come so close and that is what makes this book really good.

Sam likes facts and this book is informative as well as moving. It's a great combination. Sam's matter of fact way of dealing with important questions and issues makes the story even better. He's dying, but he's tough. He's got such an admirable personality and still he's also an eleven year old with wishes and dreams that are normal for his age. I liked that balance and think it made the story really strong. Sally Nicholls also doesn't forget to show her readers what it's like for siblings and parents to live with a loved one who's terribly ill. Even though it isn't long the story is complete. I think Ways to Live Forever is impressive and gripping, it's a story that touches your heart.


  1. Loved its Title,.. "Ways to live Forever"... I hope its available in my country. need to check this book this weekend.

    1. It's such a beautiful story. I hope you'll be able to find a copy.


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