Friday, November 26, 2010

One Last Wish: Sixteen And Dying

Well, I promised you that I was going to do a review on this book. Here it is. Finally a One Last Wish book review. I apologize for not posting in a couple of weeks as a couple of things happened.

1. My best friend's Mom passed away and her funeral was the other day, which was hard and sad, but hey, she lived a long life and I'm sure she's at peace (She lived to be 72 years old.)

2. My cousin had a baby boy the other day , who is 5 ounces, 7 pounds, and really cute. That means I'm an auntie (or cousin or whatever.) Which is exciting , because me and my cousin is very close and are practically like twin sisters in a way.

So yeah, I again apologize for not posting lately and believe me, I'm going to still do blog reports and stuff. Just be patient with me please.

Ok on with the cover:
Damn, Anne looks good on this cover although if you ask me, she looks much older than 16. Morgan looks kinda creepy, like as if he can't wait to get under her skin and etc. Who would blame him? I mean come on cover artist. Anne looks way too older for this cover. I like the cover though.

Now this is the one the library has. Now at least Anne looks more her age, though that T shirt and facial expression makes her look more 15 ish than 16. And I love the way Morgan is shaped here on the cover. Makes him look less creepy and more withdrawn and morose. The older cover was nice, but I think this was much better when it comes to describing looks here, cause the original cover Anne looked much older and more of a religious model, and Morgan looked creepy on the original cover.

Plot: Anne Wingate is 16 years old with only one thing on her mind : To live a normal life again. Turns out Anne bears a terrible secret : She has AIDS.  Nobody knows how long Anne has to live, but Anne pretty much figures that she hasn't gotten long to live. So one day while Anne is taking some tests in the hospital for her illness, she receives a letter from a mysterious benefactor called The One Last Wish and in it is a 100,000 check.

Anne is shocked and amazed at receiving such money, that she decides to keep it to herself until her doctor delivers her the news that they want her to take some drugs including one called AZT, to help maintain her life with AIDS. But Anne decides to hold off on taking the drugs, and instead asks her dad if they could stay at a ranch in Colorado for  a couple of weeks. The dad at first becomes persistent, but eventually lets her go.

While there at the ranch, she meets a boy named Morgan, who at first becomes moody and withdrawn, and doesn't like Anne because there was a girl that Morgan liked a couple of years ago but she broke his heart and was a rich, snobby bitch. So Morgan tries to stay away from Anne, but immediately becomes drawn to her after realizing that she's not like other girls, and after seeing how smart Anne is and how tough too.

So Morgan and Anne start spending some time together and get to know each other and etc, until when Morgan has a accident while entering his horse in a horse tournament. Luckily though, Morgan is still alive. But Morgan has a terrible secret too: He may be carrying Huntington's Disease just like his father and the famed singer Woody Guthrie. Apparently, the daddy was a good cowboy before being struck with Huntington's Disease and pretty much acting like a paranoia. So the daddy's in a mental institution and the mom soon bailed out, leaving Morgan in care with the daddy's sister named Maggie and her husband named Dan. The auntie thinks she have it too, but Morgan doesn't want to face that fear.

So Anne and Morgan decide to tell each other their secrets while also being there for their friends , Marti and Skip, who are in love with each other and pretty much go out as a couple. But then Anne cuts herself and ends up going to the hospital, where the doctors tell her that her illness is taking it's full course. So now Anne heads back home without telling Morgan goodbye, because Morgan shot an animal while trying to keep it out of pain, and Anne and Morgan's relationship pretty much cools.

But then Morgan begans missing Anne, especially after his best friend leaves to go visit Marti for a couple of weeks. So Morgan decides to leave Colorado and go to New York to visit Anne, where he finally learns that Anne is dying, and that she has a couple of weeks left to live. So Morgan and Anne spend the holidays together (Christmas), and Anne decides to give Morgan some Christmas presents, and in turn recieves a beautiful Cheyenne wedding dress from Morgan since he knows how pure and sainty Anne acts. Later Anne asks Morgan to take a test to see if Morgan really has Huntington's disease, but Morgan refuses, saying that he's happy with the way that he is. Then he reads Anne her favorite poem by Emily Dickinson titled "Because I Could Not Stop For Death, Death Stopped For Me" and Anne soon dies after Morgan finishes reading the poem.

So the book ends with Morgan and Anne's father finally getting along and Morgan recieving a check from Anne saying to take a test to see if he has Huntington's. The father thinks it's a test to go into college, and encourages Morgan to go into college, for he has a bright future looking ahead of him. After that, Morgan leaves, wishing he could make love to Anne while also wishing he was more nicer to her too. The End!

Thoughts:
1. Man! I try not to like this book, but I must confess, this book was really good. Well of course it would be good if I wanted to choose this as my first One Last Wish book report.
2. That Morgan really seems interesting. Sucks that Morgan doesn't have a book of his own. I would love to know more about Morgan's life and what his summer with that Stacey girl been like as well as his family life too.
3. Luckily, Morgan does reappear in the last book of the One Last Wish series called Reach For Tomorrow where he works as a dude rancher and he falls in love with Megan from Let Him Live.
4. Morgan and D.J. from She Died Too Young would get along real well. Both can't stand tourists, both are overprotective of their loved ones, and both work on dude ranches. Only D.J. comes from a rich background.
5. So apparently they didn't screen blood testings until January 1985. Funny. I thought they didn't screen that until 1991?
6. There's a Magic Johnson reference when they mention in the first chapter how a famous basketball player got AIDS.
7. there's also a Ryan White reference when Anne was afraid of being shunned at school for recieving AIDS through a blood transfusion and being kicked out and expelled from her school by the administrators.
8. If you think Lurlene has a problem with African Americans, then you certainly havent read the books more clearly. Looks like Lurlene has a problem with Mexicans too as she always make her Mexican or Latino characters come from gangs or street life or even worse do drugs. Yeah, only not all Mexicans are like that Lurlene. Same with African Americans.
9. I seriously want that dress that Anne is buried in. It sounds like something that Pocahauntas would wear and it sounds cute with the beads and etc.
10. Lurlene Pattern: Working class widowed or single men (but most likely Widowed men), are considered a no no and will act agressive and overprotective. Anne's father is like that since his wife died, and Ryan's dad is also like that in Prey, as well as Brandon's dad in the book, For Better, For Worse, Forever.
11. I felt sorry for Anne, seeing that she was only 16 when she died and never really got to live her life the way she wanted. I should add that Anne was my favorite in this book and one who I was most like. And yes I hate violence also and hates seeing an animal get killed (although I am not a vegeterian.)
12. This plot is so like the book called Too Young To Die, where Melissa experiences the same thing as Anne, only Melissa has leukemia. And the guy who Melissa fell in love with was a total creeper. Same with Melissa's brother only he acted more like Morgan in this book.


like I said I love the book, although I prefer the other novels too. Be sure to look for more blog posts soon. That I promise. 

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