Item description for Saving Jessica by Lurlene McDaniel...
Overview Helping her boyfriend, Jeremy, work through his grief over his brother's fatal accident, Jessica finds herself leaning on Jeremy for support when she is diagnosed with kidney failure. Original.
Publishers Description Jessica McMillian and Jeremy Travino are a perfect couple. But now Jessica has been diagnosed as having kidney failure. She is on dialysis three days a week and is so depressed that she's not sure she wants to live. Her one hope for a normal life is a kidney transplant, but she's an only child and her parents aren't suitable donors. Jeremy is determined to donate one of her kidneys to her, but his parents are terrified of losing their only child. Will Jeremy find the strength to go against his parent's wishes and do what he must to save Jessica?
"Happy Birthday, Jessie!"
Jessica blew out the eighteen candles on the cake her mother set in front of her, and smiled at the three people who meant the most to her in all the world--her parents and Jeremy. How different this birthday was from the one the year before. Before her kidneys had failed. "The cake's beautiful, Mom."
She knew her mother had slaved for hours to create a cake that could be incorporated into her diet. She couldn't have much of it, and truthfully she wasn't even hungry, but she was determined to let her mother know how much she appreciated her effort. Especially now that Dr. Witherspoon had told them that neither parent could donate a kidney to her. They'd felt so awful about it.
"You should start a bakery, Ruth," her father said. "The recipes you come up with are sensational."
Her mother sent him a smile. "When this is over, I'll never think about cooking again. We'll eat every meal out after Jessie's better."
Jessica knew her mother had high hopes that the doctors would find her a donor kidney. Jessica was less optimistic.
"Open your presents," Jeremy said eagerly.
He's been acting peculiar all day. Sort of antsy, as if he were a time bomb waiting to explode.
Jessica longed to really join the party. She wanted so much to please all of them. But she felt awful. Her dialysis the day before hadn't gone well. Her fistula had begun to clot, and now she was on bloodthinning medication and antibiotics. Her arm was sore. And already edema, swelling, had started in her ankles and feet. "Who's first?" she asked.
"Mine last," Jeremy said, snatching away the small box.
"Try ours." Her father handed her a narrow box wrapped with pink paper and a purple ribbon.
She tore open the paper and eased the top off the box. A glittering gold charm bracelet lay on a bed of white cotton. She caught her breath. "It's gorgeous!"
"Do you like it?" her mother asked. "We've already chosen a charm and thought we could add one for every special occasion."
A solid gold "18" dangled from the delicate chain of double links.
"It's perfect. You know I've always wanted one. Thanks so much."
"When you graduate, you'll get another charm."
The ceremony was scheduled for Friday night in the civic auditorium. Jessica had her robe and mortarboard and at the ceremony would receive her diploma and tassel. If she felt up to walking across the stage.
"Don!" her mother admonished. "You weren't supposed to tell her. It was a surprise."
Her father blinked sheepishly. "Oops."
Jessica giggled. "I'll act surprised when I open it. Promise." She turned to Jeremy. "Well, are you going to let me have my present?"
He held out the box.
"It sure is small," she said teasingly.
"Big surprises come in small packages."
She unwrapped it and discovered another charm. This one was a bright gold kidney bean. "This is unusual."
He grinned. "It's not what it is, it's what it represents that's important."
"A bean? You think I'm full of beans?" She was having fun teasing him, watching his cheeks flush red.
"No. It's a kidney." He took a deep breath. "My kidney. I've already talked to Dr. Witherspoon about donating one of my kidneys to you."
For a stunned moment, no one spoke. Then everyone spoke at once.
Her mother started crying. "It's a miracle. An answer to prayer."
Her father gasped and began to bombard Jeremy with questions. "What? How? Are you sure?"
Jeremy held up his hands. "Wait a minute. I can't answer all of you at once." He grasped Jessica's hands and gazed lovingly into her eyes. "You first."
She was overcome with emotion; large tears pooled in her eyes. "You're the most wonderful person in the world, Jeremy." She swallowed against the lump of gratitude in her throat. "I appreciate your offer more than words can say. But I can't take your gift, Jeremy. I simply can't."
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Studio: Laurel Leaf
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 4.5" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1996
Publisher Laurel Leaf
ISBN 0553567217 ISBN13 9780553567212
Availability 0 units.
More About Lurlene McDaniel
Lurlene McDaniel began writing inspirational novels about teenagers facing life-altering situations when her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. I saw firsthand how chronic illness affects every aspect of a person s life, she has said. I want kids to know that while people don t get to choose what life gives to them, they do get to choose how they respond. Lurlene McDaniel s novels are hard-hitting and realistic, but also leave readers with inspiration and hope. Her books have received acclaim from readers, teachers, parents, and reviewers. Her bestselling novels include Don t Die, My Love; I ll Be Seeing You; Till Death Do Us Part; Hit and Run; and Prey. "
Lurlene McDaniel currently resides in Chattanooga, in the state of Tennessee.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Saving Jessica?
so so Jan 6, 2007
I am a HUGE fan of Lurlene McDaniel and i have read a lot of her books. Unfortanetly i have to say that this was not one of her best. Usually you can feel the passion in her books, but this one didn't have that. It was just a story with a perfect ending. It was a little to predictable. I would recommand other books from lurlene like telling Christina Goodbye or Angels in Pink. Just not this one. . . . . SORRY LURLENE!!!!
Good May 6, 2006
Saving Jessica is a sweet story full of love and faith. When I first started reading this book I wasnt sure if I would like it. It looked really sad and I was afried that someone would die. It ended up being a really good book. I liked it.
a little too perfect Nov 28, 2005
This book almost seemed unrealistic. Pretty different from most of Lurlene McDaniel's books.
When the book starts, Jessica's 17 and in the hospital getting some test done. She already has this perfect boyfriend, Jeremy, who adores her. The only "problem" is that he's year and a half younger then her. He's 16. You don't even notice. When Jessica finds out that her kidneys are failing, she's devestated. She's going to have to go on dyalsis 3 days a week for 4 hours for the rest of her life. The machine will do the job of her kidneys. The only other option would be a kidney transplant, which could be risky. Jessica's mad and angry, and hates depending on a machine.
Jeremy of course sticks with her and continues to love her. To be honest, I wasn't seeing the friction. Like, I seriously didn't get why they were togeteher. Anyway, Jeremy decides to donate one of his kidneys to Jessica. He wants to be her donor. Jessica wants to be sure this is what he really wants, but her parents are thrilled. Tragically, Jeremy's parents refuse to let him do it. He them tries to sue them and make it so he's not under her custody. That way he won't need thier permission to donate his kidney to Jessica. It seems like going too far if you ask me.
Read this book if you want it to turn out perfect. But trust me, the romantic aspect was just too perfect to be real.
soo good! May 6, 2005
i have read this book and somewhere between life and death. this book is truly amazing and would recommend it 2 any1. i mean, jeremy makes the guys in my class unreal! i have 2 admitt i think somewhere between life and death is sadder and has more suspence. i have written many reviews on heartland books, and i think theyre the best in the world! i recomend BOTH series! look out 4 me, carol
Greatness Jul 8, 2004
I loved the book. It was a great almost true story and I would recomend it to anyone.