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Saving Jessica

Saving Jessica
Author: Lurlene McDaniel
ISBN 13: 9780553567212
ISBN 10: 553567217
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Publication Date: 1996-04-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
List Price: $5.99

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?

The ALAN Review

Seventeen-year-old Jessica and sixteen-year-old Jeremy are contented high-school sweethearts. Then comes the diagnosis of Jessica's kidney disease. When dialysis fails, a transplant becomes the only hope for living a normal life. When found to be a matchable donor, Jeremy determines to give Jessica one of his kidneys, even if it means taking his parents to court to win the right to do so against their wishes. Written in a readable if unremarkable style, the book presents teenagers who think and behave as adults and educated, loving parents who want what is best for their only children. Parents and educators sensitive to language or sex will find nothing objectionable. A twelve- to fifteen-year-old reader will gain knowledge about kidney disease, witness dedicated and idealized teen love, and go away with a strong message that faith and determination can win over adversity.