Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sharing Sam by Katherine Applegate

Book Review #17
Sharing Sam by Katherine Applegate
Rating: Four stars (review to the rating system on the right)

Summary: (taken from Goodreads)

How can you take the guy your best friend loves . . . when your best friend’s going to die?

Alison Chapman has always believed she’d fall in love hard. And she does—with Sam Cody, a new guy with a gorgeous face and brooding eyes, a guy who’s impossible to resist. When Sam asks her to the Valentine’s Day dance, Alison is elated . . . until she finds out that her best friend, Isabella Cates-Lopez, has fallen for Sam,too . . . until she finds out that Isabella is dying. Now Alison wants Isabella’s last days to be her happiest ever—even if she and Sam have to hide their love. Even if, by sharing Sam, Alison risks losing him forever.


I just finished reading Sharing Sam a few minutes ago, I can literally say I devoured it in one sitting. I feel a bunch of different things all at one, emotional/touched, and even sad that the book ended so quickly. I almost wished a read it slower, so it would last longer. Sharing Sam is a unique story that covers just about everything from love, loss, humor, and the sacrifices made for true friendship. Risk-taking high school student Alison Chapman hears rumors about the "gorgeous" new kid Sam Cody. Alison gets to make her own judgments about Sam while practically saving his life. From then on, Alison knew she had deep feelings for Sam, those butterfly sickening stomach feelings. On the other hand, her best friend, Isabella Cates-Lopez, finds out out that she is diagnosed with cancer, dying, but also falling in love with Sam. Alison doesn't know what to do, she doesn't have the heart to tell her about her feelings/relationship with Sam. She becomes torn between telling the truth or lying to protect someone you care about. Allison comes up with a plan, to share Sam. 

I really couldn't decide whether Allison was doing the right thing or not. I loved her character, she was honestly a good person, who wants to help others. This might just be me, but I really liked how the main characters acted their age, in other books I feel like the characters act way older than they actually are. Along with liking Allison and Izzy, I loved Sam. He was mysterious at first, but once you find out the truth to the "rumors", you can't help but fall in love with Sam. He's sweet and just different than other boys. The book was written a couple of years ago, so it was a bit outdated, but it wasn't a problem. The story had a bit of a twist at the end, which was a surprise. 

Overall, I glad I picked this book up last second. I did have some tears, not all sad ones, near the end, so make sure to be prepared with a box of tissues nearby. My only wish was that the book was longer, but other than that if your looking for a deeper romantic, emotional read, that will leave you thinking at the end, pick this one up!

23 comments:

Raíla said...

I like the cover... Similar to SING ME TO SLEEP, isn't it? Hehe. I can't wait to read both of them! SHARING SAM sounds pretty good! Great review, btw! :)

Emidy said...

Awesome review! I'm not one for romance novels, but this one actually sounds pretty good. Maybe I'll check it out if I see it anywhere!

Emidy
Une Parole

The Library Lurker said...

Wow, I really want to read this. I hadn't heard of it before this, but I'm going to keep my eye out now! Great review!

Patty said...

I am a sucker for sad love stories so I will definitely have this on my reading list. Thanks! Great review!

Jami said...

This looks just like the cover of sung me to sleep! I;m glad you liked it, I'll have to check it out now. :)

BrittLit said...

This sounds like a very touching read. Thanks for reviewing it, I'll have to check it out.

Stephanie said...

Great review! I read this book many years ago -- I think it was one of the first YA novels I read as an OA (old adult). :-D

Haleyknitz said...

cover looks familiar..... sing me to sleep i think?? i am wanting to read this book.... :D

Jessica said...

This sounds interesting!

Faye said...

yeah it does have the cover(kind of) of Sing Me to Sleep, i'm going to check this one out it sounds really good :D

Fatimah said...

good review! i might have to borrow that sis...

Beth said...

This sounds like a great read and something that could spark a fantastic discussion among a group of friends. Great review too.

Melissa said...

Great review! It sounds fantastic! I found your blog on The Saturday Network, and I'm a follower now :)

Shy said...

Hi there! I'm here from the Saturday Network again. I like the book that could touch me, emotionally, and this certainly one of those that possibly could. Thanks for sharing!

Serpentine Librarian said...

The cover looks a lot like the one for Sing Me to Sleep. Sharing Sam sounds like a good book, thanks for the tissue warning.

I have an award for you over at my blog:
http://theserpentinelibrary.blogspot.com/2010/02/quick-recap-little-bit-of-sunshine.html

Christina T said...

Sharing Sam looks like a fantastic novel. I really want to read it after reading your review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

You've won an award on my blog.

Sara said...

Hey everyone!
Thanks for all the comments :) Yeah, I didn't notice, but the cover does look very similar to Sing Me To Sleep.

Michelle said...

This sounds so great. I really want to read it now.

camila said...

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Hello, I am Brazilian and my name is Camila Coelho, I just read''love can wait,''is a sweet story, which is dakelas the desire to read and read and read incessantly, and always love reading books when I read, I want it to last, but this book could not because he was anxious to know the final story of three young detes!
THIS IS SIMPLY THE BEST BOOK I have ever read!
KATHERINE APPLEGATE, congratulate you!
Camila Coelho. [put in the two languages]

Ola, sou brasileira e me chamo Camila Coelho, acabo de ler '' o amor pode esperar'', é uma historia linda, é dakelas que da vontade de ler e ler e ler, sem parar, adoro ler livros e sempre quando leio, quero que ele dure, mas este livro não consegui, pois estava ansiosa para saber o final da historia detes três jovens!
ESTE SIMPLESMENTE FOI O MELHOR LIVRO QUE JA LI!
KATHERINE APPLEGATE, VOCÊ ESTA DE PARABÊNS!!!
Camila Coelho.[coloquei nas duas linguas]

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