What are the best novels about cancer?

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    #1A Walk to Remember

    A Walk to Remember
    A Walk to Remember is a novel by the well-known romance writer, Nicholas Sparks. It tells the love story of Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan and was the basis of the famous movie of the same name, starring Shane West and Mandy Moore.

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    Brenda Wells
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The best novel you can read regarding a cancer is "A Walk to Remember". It is written by Nicholas Sparks. It gives the idea of Love and Romance between two person starring Shane West and Mandy Moore."
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    #2The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of Hazel and August, cancer-afflicted patients who met in a support group and developed a deep relationship revolving their situation.


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    Carl Jenkins
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The most known novel about cancer that also got a lot of exposure from the movie. I'd say it's one of the best simply for its popularity and incredible reviews."
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    #3Ways to Live Forever

    Ways to Live Forever

    Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nichols is a children's literature novel first published in 2008. This diary book follows the compelling story of Sam, an 11-year-old boy suffering from leukemia.


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    Alice Spencer
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is such an inspirational and touching book. Sam and Felix are both dying of cancer, but they are leaving a legacy of their young lives. Story line and characters are both very strong and you will get sucked into their story. Another good one would be "My sister's keeper" Both these books tell you stories of their lives and their families very intimately."
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    #4Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

    Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

    Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is a young adult fiction book by Jesse Andrews, first published in 2012 by Amulet Books. It tells the story of Greg Gaines and his best friend Earl as they befriend a girl with cancer.


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    Madison Bishop
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is such a good book about friendship and a girls journey with cancer. It is sad and funny and it will have you crying and laughing out loud too. It is a fast read and you'll be able to finish it in one day. Although this book is classified as Young Adult it will really appeal to people of all ages. This book is captivating!"
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    #5A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls is a fantasy fiction book written by Patrick Ness with an illustration by Jim Kay and a concept by Siobhan Dowd. This was originally published in 2011.


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    Edward Barnes
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A very highly rated and well reviewed novel that deals with cancer, this solution is a great fit for the topic."
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    #6Stay with Me: A Novel

    Stay with Me: A Novel

    Stay With Me is a young adult philosophical novel written by Puerto Rican author Sandra Rodriguez Barron originally published in November 2010. It is about five persons connect by a colorful past. Famous Puerto Rican author Isabel Allende has praised this work.


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    Vicky Zhong
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Stay with Me is intrigueing, mysterious and heartfelt. One of the characters get flashbacks which triggers memories from before they were found."
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    #7My Name Is Joe

    My Name Is Joe
    My Name is Joe is a standalone contemporary fiction novel written by Stefan Bourque which centers on Joe diagnosed with pancreatic cancer who meets Rebecca.

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    Paridhi Sharma
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "My Name Is Joe is a great fiction read about a cancer patient meeting a new love. This story is very emotional but it is gripping and the read may be healing for many. "
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    #8Terms of Endearment

    Terms of Endearment

    Terms of Endearment is a book written by Pulitzer prize awardee Larry McMurtry. Adapted into a film who won an Oscar award, this story is about a mother Aurora Greenway and her daughter Emma. 


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    Pari Lobo
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a heart wrenching story about cancer. It is truly eye opening."
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    #9Before I Die

    Before I Die

    Before I Die tells the story of a woman with just a few month to live. This sad novel, written by Jenny Downham, contains provoking dialogues and an amazing text that makes you think.


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    Joseph Burton
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This one is a tear jerker and is not for me. But I know who likes these types of books and it is a great buy for my sister Coco. She will love it."
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    Kira-Kira is a young adult fiction book written by Cynthia Kadohata. It tells the story of Katie and Lynn who are sisters, as they try to see the world and life still beautiful despite facing challenges in life.


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    Tiffany Hicks
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "As a Newberry Award winner, this young-adult book by Cynthis Kadohata paints a very vivid story of a young child and her Japanese-American family struggling to get by in the deep South with a very ill sister. This one is a tear-jerker for sure. "
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    #11My Sister's Keeper

    My Sister's Keeper

    My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult centers on Anna, who was conceived for the sole purpose of providing bone marrow for her sister Kate, who is suffering from leukemia. Anna questions her life's purpose and starts to decide on her own.


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    Austin Jimenez
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "My SIster's Keeper is a really enlightening and uplifting book about a family dealing with cancer. The story is great and I could really connect with the characters."
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    #12A Summer to Die

    A Summer to Die
    A Summer to Die is a young adult fictio nnovel written by Lois Lowry and was illustrated by Jenni Oliver. This book was originally published in 1977. It tells the story of Meg and her father who resigned from his work to write a book.

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    #13Don't Die, My Love

    Don't Die, My Love

    Don't Die, My Love is a book by Lurlene McDaniel that tells the story of the lovers Luke and Julie. They are so lucky and in love but things changed when Luke got diagnosed with a disease that can take his life away. 


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    Arthur Cruz
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Don't Die, My Love is a book that really hits home for me as someone who lost a close family member to cancer. It really reminded me of how I felt going through this process of watching someone wither away and eventually pass away. A great book for reflection but not uplifting if that is what you are looking for."
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    #14The Probability of Miracles

    The Probability of Miracles

    The Probability of Miracles is a dramatic teen story and is the debut novel of Wendy Wunder. It is about the cancer-stricken Cam Cooper, who has set out to go to Promise, Maine, where she hopes to find miracles and enjoy before facing death.


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    Margaret Smith
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Cancer sucks...period. But if you're going through your own battle, or know someone who is, then read this book. Not only will it give you hope, but it will tell you everything you're feeling is ok and normal, and that you're not alone. Two thumbs up! "
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    #15Storm in a B Cup

    Storm in a B Cup

    Storm in a B Cup is a women's fiction novel written by Lindy Dale which follows the life of Sophie Molloy who is diagnosed with breast cancer and its aftermath. 


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    Catherine Lee
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Within months of her diagnosis, Sophie loses not only a breast but her long term boyfriend, her house and her best friend. Her life spirals from good to bad. The book is written by Lindy Dale whom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in February 2012 and is now in the last stages of reconstruction. "
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    #16Following Zippy

    Following Zippy

    Following Zippy is a young adult contemporary novel written by C.B. Burdette which centers on 15-year-old boy Gabe Perkins who is diagnosed with a terminal illness. 


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    Peter Contreras
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Being fifteen is tough enough for most guys. Try that and have cancer. Through in a pretty girl who likes you and you have a great story!"
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    #17Undiscovered Country

    Undiscovered Country

    Undiscovered Country is a standalone young adult contemporary novel written by Jennifer Gold which centers on the life of Cat following the death of her mother from cancer she goes on a traveling adventure. 

    Scott Hayes
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Undiscovered Country is a great novel that focus on cancer a little bit. Mostly it focus on how cancer affect the family member as their love one pas away. Thus the book focus just that on the protagonist the denial and depression that she so tries to hide and the things she went through with her mother in the past but also a sense of self discovery in the present as she goes on an adventure. Would recommend."


Best What are the best novels about cancer
1A Walk to RememberBooks 30 Paid
2The Fault in Our StarsBooks 26 Paid
3Ways to Live ForeverBooks 23 Paid
4Me & Earl & the Dying GirlBooks 22 Paid
5A Monster CallsBooks 20 Paid
6Stay with Me: A NovelBooks 15 Paid
7My Name Is JoeBooks 15 Paid
8Terms of EndearmentBooks 8 Paid
9Before I DieBooks 7 Paid
10Kira-KiraBooks 7 Paid

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