So Much To Live For So Much To Live For takes place in Columbus, the capital of Ohio. It is in modern times. Half of this book takes place at a cancer camp an hour out of Columbus, Ohio. The cancer camp is a summer camp, so the weather is mostly sunny and warm. They also have occasional showers.
Dawn Rochelle is the main character in So Much To Live For. She is 16 and has had a very tough life. She is still in remission after having leukemia, cancer of the blood. She is a very strong person and loves giving a helping hand whenever possible. She has a positive attitude toward life because she knows how precious it is. She works at an ice cream place with her best friend.
She also works as a CIT at a cancer camp, that she once attended. Dawn has had a hard life. She fought off cancer and lost one of her best friends to cancer. She is still in remission. Dawn knew a girl named Sandy from cancer camp last summer. Sandy died a few weeks after and the last day of camp was the last day Dawn saw her.
Dawn is still very sad and it has taken her awhile to get over it. She finally finds the strength to go back to the camp this summer. When dawn arrived at the camp she remembered it very well. She had the best time at the camp and now she was there to help other kids enjoy themselves. She met another CIT, Brett.
The became good friends and she found out that he was Sandys brother She was so happy that she had a connection to Sandy at last. He told her a lot of things about Sandy and how she loved Dawn so much. Dawn got very sad but she was happy she finally knew. When she met her group, for camp, she was very pleased with the girls and liked them a lot. She had a group of nice, sweet girls. Marley was the oldest and Dawn couldnt wait to meet her.
When she gathered her group she noticed that Marley was missing. When they entered the cabin Marley had thrown Dawns things everywhere and was sitting there telling Dawn how she didnt want to be there. Dawn knew she had her work cut out for her. Dawn tried to help her, but Marley refused to accept it. She tried to make everyones stay at camp miserable.
Dawn looked in Marleys records and found out that her eye was fake,due to cancer, and her parents were both dead. She lived with her rich grandmother, who had a bad heart condition. Dawn finally connected with Marley and they became friends. Marley told Dawn she was her first friend and Dawn felt badly for her. Marley soon softened up and became nicer to everyone.
At the end of camp Dawn and Marley were very close and promised to keep in touch. A few weeks after Dawn came home from camp she got a phone call from Marley saying that she was very sick again. When dawn talked to Marleys grandmother she found out Marley would die very soon. Dawn was devastated because this would be her second friend to lose from cancer. A few days later Marley died.
Her grandmother gave Dawn all of Marleys belongings, at the funeral, because she was Marleys only friend. Dawn had trouble dealing with this for awhile but will get over it. She sat in the grave yard and cried, holding the bear Marley held when she died. The message the author is trying to tell by writing this book is that life goes on whether you choose to participate or not. Marley was so negative to everything in life that she never seemed to notice that her life could end any minute.
The author is trying to show this by writing a book about a girl, Marley, who doesnt care about her life or the people in it and never seems to notice that it is going to end. Marley spent so much time trying to make everyone else miserable she never had time to enjoy her life. This book is told in third person, a narrator tells the story. Three examples of this are: On page 73- “Dawn hadnt ment to tell them about it.” On page 5- ” I think youll do fine he told her” On page 96- “Dawn bit her tongue to avoid saying something sharp. So Much To Live For, in my opinion, was a very good book. I liked this book because it was suspenseful and showed ways of solving life problems that seemed impossible.
I would recommend this book to a female classmate because it deals with mainly girls and I feel it would be inappropriate for a boy to read it. I liked how this book delt with cancer because I enjoy reading books that have to deal with medical issues. I disliked how this book skipped around a lot. It went from remembering Dawns cancer years, to her love life with Brett, to problems with Marley, to death. I feel the author should have stayed more focussed.