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Brendan has it all--captain of the basketball team, good friends, a beautiful girlfriend and a loving family--until he is diagnosed with leukemia. Terrified and convinced that no one understands what he is going through, Brendan faces chemotherapy alone, until he meets Lark. She is also in treatment, although her condition is much worse, and yet she remains positive and hoBrendan has it all--captain of the basketball team, good friends, a beautiful girlfriend and a loving family--until he is diagnosed with leukemia. Terrified and convinced that no one understands what he is going through, Brendan faces chemotherapy alone, until he meets Lark. She is also in treatment, although her condition is much worse, and yet she remains positive and hopeful. Brendan is torn between feeling sorry for himself and the love for life that Lark brings to even the simplest thing. Through Lark, he discovers the strength to go on, to fight for survival and to love....

Title : Cellular
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ISBN : 9781554692965
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 115 Pages
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Cellular Reviews

  • Gdalton72
    2019-06-01 07:22

    The book cellular is a great book. There is so much drama and action throughout the whole story, That it makes you want to turn the page and see what’s gonna happen next. The story is very heart touching and full of emotion. I’ve never been into reading but this book changed my look on books it showed me that there are some amazing stories out there and this is one of them. The main character is very relatable for most high school guys. To the point where you feel like you are sitting in his shoes and living what he’s living. Brendan (The Main Character) has everything going good for him. That is until his doctor tells him something that changes his life forever. As the story goes on you meet a new character who is full of love and joy and she is Brendans hope he just doesn’t know it. Brendan learns a lot of new things and finds a love for music he didn’t know he had. There are a lot of great moments and parts that make you feel warm inside, But as the story gets closer to the end the book it takes a huge twist and everything changes it goes from everything starting to get better to heartbreak and sadness. It changed the way that I look at life and how you shouldn’t take it for granted. The end of this book is what got me it’s such a sad ending and it is totally worth reading If you like heart touching stories.

  • bjneary
    2019-05-26 05:37

    Many thanks to Laurie for reading and revieing this for PSLA!This heart wrenching book takes you through Brendan’s diagnosis and treatment for leukemia. Brendan experiences anger, depression, and withdrawal. Brendan had it all; a great family. Basketball skills, a beautiful girlfriend. As he deals with thereality of his situation, he pushes everyone away until he meets Lark, another cancer patient. Her positive attitude challenges Brendan’s views. Will Brendan continue to feel sorry for himself or will he change his attitude for the future as he faces his disease? A great read for anyone whose life has been impacted by cancer as it gives a glimpse into the mindset of the patient and family.Cancer Laurie O, Abington Senior High

  • Brechje
    2019-06-04 07:22

    I read the book cellular because the theme of the book hit me.Cellular is going about Brandon, how he got diagnosed with the sickness leukaemia. He has a hard time in the hospital, with his family and the nauseas. Then he met a girl, her name is Lark. She is also in treatment. All the experiences are written down in this short book. I think the book a little too short, because the story is not well worked out. For someone with dyslexia is the book easy to read. I would recommend it.

  • Han
    2019-06-02 10:41

    A nice novel to read on a rainy day; it's one that gives insight on what it's like to be on the edge of death. Great for fans of the show Red Band Society or vice versa (Red Band Society is a great show for fans of this book).

  • Maggie Xiong
    2019-05-24 10:21

    "I'm going to die. It can't be. Will it hurt?"Brendan had it all, his life couldn't seem to be any better-until-he lost everything. Where do you go when you lose everything you know? Author Ellen Schwartz evaluated this question through her compelling short novel. "Leukemia," the first word we are introduced to in this novel. Through this one heart wrenching word we are taken on a journey beyond the eyes of a teenage boy named Brendan. Brendan has it all: basketball, friends, family. He has everything going for him, so what are the odds a sickening diagnosis would strip away his seemingly perfect life. What are the odds he could lose everything, but yet, gain much more. CM Magazine calls this masterpiece of a novel "Genuinely moving," while Booklist describes Schwartz by quoting: "Schwartz captures the awkwardness and pain of those dealing with such diagnosis." Many reviews rave on the fact Ellen Schwartz was able to write such a compassionate novel on a mature topic that somehow was able to find a connection with all its readers-this was one of the reasons I couldn't resist myself from picking this book up.The novel starts us off with the discovery of Brendan's diagnosis. We are hauled right into the madness of Brendan's emotions. Brendan dreads the thought of dying, the thought of feeling hopelessness, the thought of losing everything. Terrified and uncertain of what the future holds for him, Brendan faces chemotherapy alone, hoping to salvage his own life. Feeling the certainty of loneliness within himself, he meets Lark. Lark, a 16 year old girl, with the identical condition as Brendan-only worse-as she's preparing for her last battle against the deadly sickness. However Lark is different from Brendan, she seems to place herself in the brighter side of her condition, and she remains positive and hopeful for the best even though she knows her best days have departed. Brendan meets Lark only to feel more torn between his feelings towards his own life. He has spent most of his time feeling sorry for himself and angered at the world for this unexpected obstacle, but at the same time, Lark brings around a sense of comfort and hope for Brendan in such a difficult time. This story tangles us in the fragility of our own lives, and the influence that love brings upon us. Through Brendan and Lark's struggles, we understand how love gives us the momentum to move forward and fight through every given obstacle in our own lives. I though Schwartz did a excellent job of highlighting such an authoritative message. Her style of writing kept you on the edge of your sheet, page-turning, hoping for a different fate. Her writing allows you to indulge yourself deeper with each character without noticing it. Her ability to connect with the reader was amazing. Every word that fell off the page was so meaningful and I was generally surprised at how emotional I got during the ups and downs of the story. Her writing seemed to force the readers to focus on one powerful message, making it certain the readers understood the large message she was trying to convey. I thought that was smart, because many other talented authors have a tendency to throw in other themes which ends up covering the main idea. However, I was not the biggest fan of the pace of the story. This was a quicker read so the story felt very rushed-not every detail of his chemotherapy journey was present, and I think that did have an overriding affect on the final product of the novel.In conclusion, Ellen Schwartz has produced a very impressive novel dealing with the theme of overcoming the unfortunate using the love of others to persevere. Sometimes in life, we need the love of others to realize our own potentials and our own identity. I recommend this book to everyone because it gives you a sense of how unexpected life can be, and the curveballs that can be thrown at you any second. This is a super quick read that carries a lot of excitement and a heartfelt plot. I highly recommend this book to an older youth audience because there is some mature subject matter. I would give this a book a 4/5 because it produced a beautiful storyline but the pace of the story was very much inconsistent and rushed. Furthermore, anyone should pick up this book and take a good look at the struggle and diversity of this beautiful love story surrounded by constant danger and insecurity.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-06-02 08:27

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.comLife is good for Brendan. His basketball team is headed for the championship. He's planning on a basketball scholarship for college and maybe even a chance at a professional career. He has a hot girlfriend and a ton of friends. It's the perfect life - until Brendan starts feeling like crap.He has no energy and it's beginning to show in his game. Instead of being a star player, he finds himself riding the bench and trying to avoid angry glares from Coach. It has gotten so bad that when his mother again suggests a visit to the doctor, Brendan agrees.Leukemia! You've got to be kidding. Brendan is shocked by the diagnosis. Before he knows it, he's in the hospital undergoing tests that will determine the severity of his illness and how much chemotherapy he will need.Brendan's family is extremely supportive, but when he learns the extent of his treatment and the fact that he will miss the rest of the basketball season and probably not graduate with his friends, his anger explodes. He knows he is being a jerk, but the nausea from the chemo and the pitying looks from family and friends are more than he can take. Life simply can't get any worse.Then Brenda meets Lark. She's gone through what he is suffering twice, and now she's waiting for a bone marrow transplant, which means she's reached the last resort level of treatment. Still, Lark remains positive, and she shares her upbeat attitude with Brendan. He can't believe her amazing outlook despite her very disturbing prognosis. Brendan begins to rely on Lark, and together they become each other's support team.CELLULAR by Ellen Schwartz takes readers into the world of leukemia. She describes the fear, the anger, and the agonizing treatments which are all part of the disease. In just a little over 100 pages, readers will become one with Brendan and Lark as they experience the roller coaster ride of this potentially deadly condition.

  • Stacey
    2019-05-22 03:21

    This is a very sad book but a very good book for adult readers or for some people who can actually connect to this. Therefore, it's a realistic fiction. It's about this basketball player who is diagnosed with Leukimia. Not something you'd really hear but hey. This can happen to anyone. So, the them for this book is Valuing Life. Because when he was in the hospital, he didn't expect to do so many things and go through tough and painful experiances. Not being able to play at his games to the playoffs, his hair falling out, throwing up, go through chemo, ect. He feels like his life is over. Like what if he goes through this chemo and it doesn't work? That no one understands what he's going through. What's the point in trying? Those feelings and fears end once he meets Lark. She's the girl who has been going through chemo and is in need of a bone marrow. Yes, she dies which was really sad. She understands what he's going through. She has though about "what the point?" or "God can go screw himself", blaming everything on God. Well, here's the thing. Don't blame God. Things like this just happens. We all really don't know why. But in this case, he needed to learn what it was like to just give up. You cant give up. You have to live. Lark was valuing everything. She turned her hospital room into a jungle. Had every CD she owned, all the things she likes. Being mad all the time does nothing. Just look on the bright side. Value the small things. I recommend this for young adults because there's a lesson that has been taught

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-21 08:14

    Brendan is a teenage boy who is having a good life. He is captain of the boys basketball team, he has a girlfriend, and great friends. That all changes though when he finally sees the doctor and finds out that he has cancer. He now know why hes been feeling the way he has. His whole life for the next couple of months has been turned upside down. He meets someone though. Someone who knows what he is going through and can make him feel better. I liked this book. I had a bunch of feelings and thoughts throughout this book. A lot of those feeling were sad, but this book made me realize how lucky some people really are and that is why I favored this book. I did not like that the book had a sad ending. I like books to have happy, good endings that leave a smile on you're face after you're done reading it. Instead, this book left a sad feeling in my stomach. But, it made me thoughtful for how lucky I am to have the health that I do. I would recommend this book. If your not looking for anything to long to read, and especially if your the type of person who doesn't like happy endings, this book is for you.

  • A Book Vacation
    2019-05-27 03:15

    Wow. I never thought such a short book could pack so much emotion! I was reading Cellular during my break at school today, and I had to put it aside because I was on the verge of tears! This is a very powerful and emotional book about a boy trying to deal with a death sentence: Leukemia. I was not prepared for my emotions to be rubbed raw as I read about Brendan undergoing treatment, or how those around him reacted to his illness. I broke down at the conclusion of the novel, something I’m not used to doing in regards to a book. Schwartz does an amazing job capturing the fear and heartache Brendan, and his family, undergo as he battles cancer in hopes of survival. I highly recommend this novel as it puts everything in perspective and will make you count your blessings. To read my full review:

  • Amy
    2019-06-13 06:41

    I love Orca books for the struggling junior high reader because they are short and typically about more mature topics that are of interest to students at this age, but Cellular is maybe just a bit too mature, at least in the beginning. It starts out talking about the main character who begins to notice that maybe something is wrong with his health because he can't get it up when trying to have sex with his girlfriend. This and one more instance later in the book when the main character and a girl, who is also going through chemo treatments, soak naked in a tub of hot water to warm their body temps are the only instances I would question for the junior high age group. Overlooking these two sections, this is another good choice for struggling readers.

  • Heidi
    2019-06-10 07:20

    Star basketball player Brendan is diagnosed with leukemia. He gets angry with his girlfriend, his family, and his teammates. While in the hospital for chemotherapy treatments, he meets Lark, who is awaiting a bone-marrow transplant. Lark's positive outlook in the face of possible death helps Brendan come to terms with his illness and his anger. A few paragraphs with language about "making out" may be problematic for some schools.

  • Patricia
    2019-05-23 02:16

    These Orca Soundings titles are quick reads- high interest for teens with an easy reading level, and address all kinds of topics- this one is about a boy who has it all, whose world falls apart when he is diagnosed with leukemia- until he meets a girl at the hospital who is much worse off than him and has a very positive attitude, which he can't understand.

  • Sojel Singh
    2019-05-24 05:42

    I liked the book. This book was really sad because Brendan, a basketball player is diagnosed with leukemia. When he goes to the doctor to get a few operations he meets a friend who is also diagnosed with cancer. I recommend this book to people who like to read books which are about any type of disease.

  • Aubree Bowling
    2019-05-24 10:39

    Had a good start but it felt like the author got bored after the first 50 pages and abruptly ended the book 12 pages later. Too bad she didn't take the time to flesh it out more, it could have been better.

  • Kenzie
    2019-06-16 09:24

    Very emotional really relates to me

  • Maria
    2019-05-28 10:20

    Amassing fast little read about things that happen in real life.

  • Nicholas
    2019-06-07 08:21

    i recommend this book to everyone.... it will really touch your heart

  • Mya
    2019-05-21 07:35

    I like this book, because it was so intense.