What are the best young adult fiction books about cancer?

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    #1My 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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    Melissa Montgomery
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a good read all about hardships and suffering related to genetic illness. I read this book and it me feel more grateful for my health. This is a good real life suspense thriller, all based on the illness of cancer, one of the best books out there!"
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    #2The 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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    Virginia Sims
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "A nephew of mine recently was diagnosed with cancer, so I bought this for him to help him get his head and heart around the new situation. He says the book was legitimately helpful in his acceptance process, so I think I made the right decision on buying this."
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    #3A 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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    Victoria Yao
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Nicholas Sparks has mastered the ultra-romantic book-turn-movie genre. There is not a story of his that doesn't make me cry. Especially, A Walk to Remember, where the young female lead reveals she isn't making any plans for the future because she is suffering from cancer. Cue the water-works."
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    #4Before 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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    Carol Watson
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This books covers all of the things one might want to do in their lifetime, especially once they find out that their life is ending sooner than they thought. While the subject matter is dark, the book covers joy as well. It's an interesting read that will have you intrigued through tears."
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    #5Don'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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    Tiffany Franklin
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This is a beautiful and bittersweet book. The characters are well developed and the story line is well written. It is a touching story and definitely one that pulls on your heartstrings. Have some tissues close by because you'll most likely shed some tears. "
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    #6The 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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    Victoria Keller
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This may be one of the few popular books about YA and cancer, but honestly that doesn't mean it's the best one. My best friend recommended this one as the best Green book she'd ever read, but honestly I just found it really depressing and a little self absorbed. I'd read Turtles All the Way Down instead personally."
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    #7The Girl Next Door

    The Girl Next Door

    The Girl Next Door is a horror novel by Jack Ketchum which follows the story of Meg and her cripple sister Susan who live in the dark basement of the Chandler house as victims to their aunt. It was published in 2005 by Leisure books.


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    Jacob Flores
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "A real tear jerker here. This book really touched me, as I could totally relate to the situation going on here. I read this one twice."
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    #8A 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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    Terry Coleman
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "This book was alright, but I could have gone without reading it. The book was kind of melodramatic to me. I felt like the book was trying to hard to be sad, which kept me from really becoming engaged in it. It took me a while to read through it due to my lack of enthusiasm. After a couple of weeks I returned the book to the bookstore I bought it from. I was quite disappointed with this book and I would not read it again."
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    #9Ways 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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    Deborah Woods
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Amazing book that could make you cry and understand the life of a boy. The boy is suffering with Leukemia but makes the best of 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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    #11Just One Wish

    Just One Wish

    Janette Rallison's Just One Wish is a tearjerker as it is funny. The young adult novel about a girl and her cancer-struck little brother was published by Putnam Juvenile on March 5th 2009.


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    Dylan Marshall
    Written on April 2, 2018
    " Cancer is scary. This book tells a funny tale to help children deal with it."
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    #12A 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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    Carl Boyd
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I really enjoy Patrick Ness books and this one is a great book for any crowd. Fantasty books always get me though, but this is a great book to read."
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    #13Me & 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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    Walter Moore
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is a perfect solution for best young adult fiction books about cancer, because 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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    #14Undiscovered 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. 

    Nancy Weaver
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This is a heartbreaking, but also a heartwarming story about coping with loss and learning to live life after the death of a loved one. I read it with a box of tissues, but I'm glad to say I found myself laughing more than crying. Truly a heart-touching experience I recommend for anyone."
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    #15Terms 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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    Vincent Ortiz
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "As a young adult, I dealt with cancer, so I wanted to read young adult fiction books about cancer for myself. With Terms Of Endearment, I found myself familiar with the novel's story and what was going on. However, I felt myself as lost because the novel appears to be written for women. "


Best What are the best young adult fiction books about cancer
1My Sister's KeeperBooks 33 Paid
2The Probability of MiraclesBooks 30 Paid
3A Walk to RememberBooks 27 Paid
4Before I DieBooks 26 Paid
5Don't Die, My LoveBooks 24 Paid
6The Fault in Our StarsBooks 24 Paid
7The Girl Next DoorBooks 22 Paid
8A Summer to DieBooks 17 Paid
9Ways to Live ForeverBooks 12 Paid
10Kira-KiraBooks 9 Paid

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