Review: Sharing Sam by Katherine Applegate

September 24, 2012 Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Katherine Applegate, Quick Reads, Sharing Sam, YA, Young Adult 4

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.

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~My Thoughts~

I have been craving something quick, fun and perhaps a little touching to read and that is exactly what I found with Sharing Sam! Standing as one of the shortest novels I have read at only 155 pages, I was tremendously impressed with the amount of story compacted in those pages.

I was a little worried at the beginning… it opens up with a super cheesy scene with Sam crashing his motorcycle and Alison ripping off her shirt (don’t worry, she was wearing a bikini underneath) to help stop the minor head bleed. Then she rides him home on her horse. I’m serious. But then something magical happened. We are introduced to an amazing friendship between Alison and her friend Izzy, who finds out she has a brain tumor. The love these two shared for each other along with the sacrifice Al was willing to make really touched me, though at times I wanted to slap her for keeping secrets. With such a serious issue, the author was able to add a lot of humor and comic relief with a few secondary characters. I for one loved Alison’s 10 year old sister, Sara. She was so snarky towards her sister and made me laugh! Then there was Sam’s grandfather with his parrot, horse and dogs galore! This part might have been a little silly but it was so much fun.

Was there some insta-love happening? Yeah, basically. But in a novel that is only 155 pages, it is a little hard to avoid it. And you know what, it fit! A connection between Sam and Alison was needed before the plot could progress to the main focus, and that was sharing Sam, as the title states. Sam is such a selfless character, willing to do anything for the people he loves – his grandfather, Allison and even Izzy. Even though he wasn’t fond of this idea Alison had to share him with her dying best friend, he was willing to do it to make Alison happy because he loved her. I would have loved for this novel to have been longer and give us some more character development BUT it all worked out just perfect.

If you are in need of something short, fun but also sweet and heartfelt, then I would recommend this novel to you! You can easily polish it off in just a couple hours or less.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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