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Told in letters, journal entries, e-mails, doctors’ reports, and instant messages, the heartbreaking story of an aspiring ballet dancer battling leukemia. From: Melinda SkyeTo: ReadersSubject: JesseHi! I can’t believe it. What a surprise from Jesse. When he got my e-mail about being accepted by the Washington School of Classical Dance’s summer program, he called to congraTold in letters, journal entries, e-mails, doctors’ reports, and instant messages, the heartbreaking story of an aspiring ballet dancer battling leukemia.From: Melinda SkyeTo: ReadersSubject: JesseHi! I can’t believe it. What a surprise from Jesse. When he got my e-mail about being accepted by the Washington School of Classical Dance’s summer program, he called to congratulate me! I loved hearing his voice. We’ve been friends forever–could it turn into something more?MelindaFrom: Jesse RoseTo: Readers Subject: MelindaI couldn’t believe the news. Melinda is so young! How could she be sick? How did she get leukemia? She’s got to get better. She’s got to. Jesse...

Title : A Rose for Melinda
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ISBN : 9780553570908
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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A Rose for Melinda Reviews

  • Marie80
    2019-03-30 09:48

    Прекрасно!Да бидам искрена можеби и начинот на кој е напишана придонесе книгата да ми се допадне и да ме трогне толку многу!Од се' срце ја препорачувам!

  • Bailey
    2019-03-29 14:42

    Cancer isn't the worst thing that can happen to a person. And neither is dying young. Taking life for granted, living badly-these things seem far worse to me. In many ways-ways that count-I'm the luckiest girl in the world. -MelindaMelinda Skye was a bright, intelligent, and driven little girl. To her, Jesse Rose was her best friend, a boy deeply attached to all things Melinda. From first grade and on, these two were joined at the hip. Leaning on and confiding in each other like only best friends do, it was no surprise when they felt something more towards each other later on in the book. This story is one of loss, love, and life beautifully written through "letters, journal entries, e-mails, doctors’ reports, and instant messages."From a young age, Melinda and Jesse connected with each other. Jesse even attended Melinda's first ballet recital for the Nutcracker, presenting her with a single rose that he bought all by his little self for the end of her performance. When Jesse's parents started to have problems and decided to separate and divorce, Jesse was still young, and the Skye family was there for Jesse and practically took him in as one of their own. The Roses were very grateful towards Lenny and Elana, Melinda's parents, because Jesse's mother had to work while Jesse was supposed to be brought home from school. Jesse was deeply against going to an after school care program and preferred to spend his time with Melinda and her family. The Skyes even made him his own room in their basement. It was because of this arrangement that Jesse and Melinda had a very hard time adjusting when Jesse has to move away with his mother. Separated, the two decide to email each other so that they could keep in touch no matter what. As they grew up, Melinda became an amazing ballerina, working hard to fulfill her dream of becoming a prima ballerina and work for a huge dance company. As she worked her way up the ranks, she got more important parts in the annual Nutcracker performances and was invited to an elite dance opportunity taking place during her summer vacation. She later became best friends with Bailey, a boy-crazed girl at her school. At the same time, Jesse got into skateboarding and began to have problems with his father who started to want to become more involved in his son's life. Jesse is conflicted with this due to his loyalty to his single mother and her decision to go to college while his now married dad lives in New York with his new family. During all of this, Melinda and Jesse talk about all of the previously mentioned things above contained in their personal messages to each other. Despite their distances, can these two fall in love, especially at such a young age? Suddenly, Melinda collapses during one of her special dance opportunity classes and is rushed to the hospital. It is here that she finds out that she has leukemia. She is only in her beginning teens and has a promising future ahead of her. Everyone has to bear with it one day at a time, including her and her parents and friends. Melinda wants to see Jesse soon, and he can't wait to get to her, but what will happen after they see each other for the first time in years? Will what they feel for each other make it through all of the e-mails and phone calls, or was it all just a dream? And most importantly, will Melinda make it through these tough days or lose the battle against her disease?There are certain authors whose books I can continuously read, over and over again, year after year. People like Rick Riordan, Darren Shan, Neal Shusterman, and...Lurlene McDaniel, are just a few. Lurlene McDaniel always seems to amaze me. Despite the fact that this book was only a short novel that consisted of 208 pages, it packed an amazing punch. All of her books do. By punch I mean that her stories leave me thinking about them for days. She puts a lot into those pages, so much so that you wish it was longer. They're beautifully written and full of heart and soul. This is one of my favorites of hers.Melinda and Jesse were so cute together when they were little. The letters that they wrote to each other from first grade started out with Jesse signing his name from "Signed, your friend" to "Your friend" changed to "Your very good friend." It's really adorable. As they get older, you really get to see more into their lives, their dreams, and their struggles. While it may sound that you only get to hear from Jesse and Melinda, you also get to read things from each of their parents' perspectives. This was really interesting. Not only did you get to see the hardships that the two teens face through Melinda's treatments, but you are also able to see into the eyes of what parents must go through in these situations. I can't even imagine what people must go through when their children get sick. It's unthinkable. However, I think that Lurlene McDaniel does a great job portraying this. She's an amazing author whose written over fifty young adult books. That's a huge achievement! I felt like Jesse and Melinda were real people. The problems they went through were what people today have to experience all the time, divorce, sickness, relationships, and loss. While this type of writing, in letters, conversations, and the like, may seem odd or unapproachable, but it was brilliantly executed in this book. McDaniel outdid herself with this one. Melinda just felt so real. She never gave up on her dreams and desires, no matter what happened to be thrown in her path. She was a true fighter, a true hero. Jesse was also a true hero. He fought for what he wanted and for Melinda, giving up so much so that he could give her things that would make her happy during the rough patches, including his skateboard. A Rose for Melinda was ultimately awe inspiring. It was heartfelt and a truly great read. I think that many teen girls would love this story and all that it represents. It definitely deserves a roaring five stars for its unique voice and inspiring presence in literature today. I hope you have the chance to read it because if you do, I think that you won't regret it. Maybe, you'll love it as much as I have and share my same feelings! You can see reviews like this one and more at

  • Raegan
    2019-03-22 10:41

    This book is good. Really, really, really good. The way it's told in diary entries, notes, e-mails, even doctors' reports and audio transcripts, is really creative and refreshing. The characters were even pretty realistic, something that's often not true in books of this genre.However.This book is sad, more than that-- heart-wrenching, and is the reason I will not be reading books like this in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but when Melinda died, I almost lost it. In this book, we didn't only see the pain of the significant other of the person who died. We saw a mother's grief at losing her only child, a father's helplessness as he watched cancer destroy his family, a ballet teacher missing her best student's presense in the studio, a fifteen-year-old girl losing her best friend, and, of course, the heartbreak of the boy who's loved Melinda for years. After Melinda's death, we get to see these characters grieve for different reasons and in different ways. It's heartbreaking, though. It really is. I don't think I'll be reading this book again, but I don't think I'll ever forget it, either.

  • Chelsea
    2019-04-05 07:42

    A rose for Melinda is a book that shows you that you can't always get what you want. This girl gets leukemia but still doesn't give up her dream of becoming a prima ballerina. I would say that this book is a book of hope and love. It keeps you wanting to read more but mainly it will inspire you to go for what you want. It's great when there's nothing wrong with you and you can still pursue your dream. This girl had the opposite of that but she still didn't give up. I never wanted to put this book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who has dreams and has little faith that they can achieve them.

  • Katrina Hammock
    2019-03-29 15:54

    First off, i could not put this book down. i read it in just 2 hours time. I was given this book to read from my dear friend Danika. She told me it was one of her favorite books and after reading it I can see why! It was a beautiful story of love and fighting your way through an awful disease. It left me with uncontrollable tears after reading this and the story will definitely remain in my heart. Thanks Danika for bringing this book into my life.

  • Aspen
    2019-04-10 09:48

    This book is so Inspiring!! I cried so much! But in a way they were happy tears. I love how Melinda and Jesse love eachother so much and how they were there for the other through it all. That's real love. Who cares if they were so young, it was real. This will now and always be one of my all time favorite books.

  • Allison
    2019-03-22 08:00

    The book A Rose For Melinda is about a girl who has been in ballet since she was six years old and has had a friend who was a boy and he went to her first performance and gave her a rose. This book was very sad because Melinda finds out she has cancer and can no longer do ballet which is the most important thing in her life besides her best friend Jesse. The most captivating part of the book was when Melinda was rushed to the hospital without her parents there because she was accepted into a summer dance program. What kept me reading this book was the book was made into all the emails and letters that were sent between Jesse and Melinda. It was kind of hard to predict the ending of the book because parts I guessed were right and other parts were wrong. My favorite character in the book was Jesse because he’s depressed the entire time because first she moves away then he finds out she has cancer and can’t do ballet any more. In my opinion I think he had the hardest time dealing with everything. My least favorite character is Bailey because at times she’s cool but other times she’s kind of annoying and that’s what makes me dislike her as a character. I think the author wrote this book because she wanted to tell a story about how life altering things can happen in a teenagers life, and to tell how hard life can be if you have a disability. I would recommend this book to anyone who can relate to the struggles that happen when you have a disability and also to people who are okay to cry while reading a book. My favorite line from the book is “I’ll be your eyes and ears, Jesse” because Bailey is confirming that she will tell him everything that happens to Melinda. If the book was made into a movie I’d choose Dakota Fanning as Melinda, Abigail Breslin as Bailey, and Josh Hutcherson to play the role of Jesse.

  • Scott
    2019-04-04 15:45

    McDaniel, L. (2002). A rose for Melinda. New York, NY: Laurel Leaf.Melinda has one wish: to be a famous dancer. Jesse has one wish: to be with Melinda. Both their dreams are derailed when 13-year-old Melinda discovers she has leukemia. Told in letters, emails, and diary entries, this epistolary novel is sure to appeal to future and present Nicholas Sparks fans. While McDaniel never manages to make her different character voices unique enough, the lovesick Jesse comes across as genuine and heartfelt. Jesse grounds the novel, and makes it less manipulative or monotonous. So while Melinda's life is the story's tragedy, Jesse's reactions are the real tearjerkers.Other thoughts:So a teen patron asked me to read this. I hated it for about 50 pages. Then it got better. Maybe I just submitted to it, or maybe it really got better. McDaniel doesn't have an ear for dialogue. All her characters, young or old, sound exactly the same. Melinda and her friend Bailey come off as whiny little teenagers. At least Melinda is driven, what is Bailey's excuse? Oh, and Melinda gets cancer so she gets off a little easier. That said, everything about Jesse is surprisingly honest and heartwarming. When he sells his skateboard to buy Melinda roses, well, that got me. Maybe his undying devotion isn't realistic, but plenty of young boys obsess over childhood friends. And McDaniel does bring home the ending. If I wasn't invested in the characters, one-dimensional and whiny or not, I wouldn't have cried.Similar titles (read-a-likes):If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Anything by Nicholas Sparks, The First Part Last by Angela Johnson, Anything by Melody Carlson

  • Abbie Plake
    2019-03-29 11:49

    Melinda Skye is girl we see grow from an ambitious first grader into a disease-ridden teenager still clinging to the hopes of being the prima ballerina she has always dreamed of. (Or even just a regular teenager!) Jesse Rose is her best friend. He is caring throughout his life, especially towards Melinda. He is her bodyguard and protector from first grade bullies to scary illnesses.When the leukemia strikes Melinda's life it tests her strength and her friendship-and love- for Jesse. Jesse struggles to be there for Melinda every step of the way while he is bounced back and forth from his mother's house in California to his father's house in New York. Melinda struggles to become the prima ballerina she has wished for her entire life, while battling cancer.This book is written in emails and notes, a style of writing that can easily become vapid. However, McDaniel has done an outstanding job with it. The writing isn't as formal as most novels I'm used to. Yet, it shows the points of view of every character. The emotional attachment I developed with Melinda and Jesse really made the book outstanding. I loved the normal moments of love in Melinda's sometimes not-so-normal life McDaniel added between Jesse and Melinda.The only reason I did not give this book five stars was because of Bailey. She had little to no character development. It was a bit unsettling that she, too, loved Jesse. However, I'm very please with the outcome of this novel; I finished it in one day!

  • Connie N.
    2019-04-07 15:59

    I'm unsure how to rate this one because it was quite powerful and a tear-jerker, but I'm uncomfortable with how intense it was for the young adult genre. I'll call it 3.5 stars and round it up for GR. The rating roundup is because of the format. I very much liked that it was told in a collection of emails, diary entries, texts, and letters. The mishmash of formats made it seem as though it was little bits of the story, from various participants, all jumbled into one coherent whole, just like real life. The book focuses on Melinda, a young girl with dreams of being a dancer. Her talent and drive made that a possibility except that she gets sick during her early teen years and has to deal with the difficulties of leukemia. Luckily she has a friend (Jesse Rose) who has been her best friend since first grade. Even though they live far apart, they've continued to keep in close touch. The story is geared towards the YA audience, so it's told as though the strong love they feel for each other is real and possible, although I have my doubts about real children being as steadfast as Jesse is. Another "best" friend, Bailey, is much more realistic in that she cares for her friend but she's easily distracted by her regular life and pops in and out of the drama. I was surprised to be so affected by the obvious ending, but I guess that means that it was told well so that I got caught up in the hopefulness of Melinda and the people close to her. Very quick read told in an interesting way.

  • Vivian
    2019-04-19 10:55

    I found the format of this book interesting, however it was distracting. I couldnt concentrate very well and didn't find it very "story-like". But i did like the format. i found this story very sweet since the two main characters melinda and jesse knew each other since they were young. Especially the first story where jesse defended some dude for pushing melinda. i was beginning to think that this story was going to be different from the other two that i've read (in True Love). but i was wrong. Melinda got leukemia, what a surprise. She also had a lot going for her, she was a ballerina, and talented too from all the good things the author wrote about her. And it occured it me, it was also the good people that get hurt. Why does nothing ever happen to the bad? But anyways, i was surprised at how good these characters were good at maintaining their communication with each other. usually people these days only communicate by texting and facebook and what nots, but they actually wrote letters here. What i find sad is that these 2 never really got together. He had asked her once in a very elementary school way saying "p.s. can i be your boyfriend. like your REAL boyfriend. not like a friend that's a boy." (paraphrased) and i found this really cute. I remember when i was younger and your friends would ask you do you like him, like like him, or just like. sighs little kids always have to make things so complicating.

  • Latiece Smith
    2019-03-30 15:33

    This book was very good and cute to me.I liked it because it had meaning to it, when i say it had meaning to it i'm saying that even though melinda got truely sick with cancer she didnt give up on life. She worked through cancer with the support of her best friend jesse,mom and dad lenny and elana. She was so determined to get rid of her cancer that she did.Even when she got the bad news later on in life that her cancer has returned she fought it out all the way to the end. She didn't let her fear of losing her hair or not being able to dance get in the way of her enjoying every minute with her family and friends because she was afraid that she wouldn't make it to her 16th birthday. The sad but brave part of the entire book was when she died. I think we all know why it's sad but i said it's brave because she had a choice to either get the transplant or risk dieing. When she chose the transplant it was brave to me because she could've just thought " this is the end of my life anyway so why even bother getting a transplant",but she didn't she risked it and went for the transplant,sadly she didn't make it though.

  • (B) Archer at KIPP
    2019-03-26 12:44

    A rose for Melinda by Lurlene McDaniel is a book that shows you that you can't always get what you want. This girl gets leukemia but still doesn't give up her dream of becoming a prima ballerina. I would say that this book is a book of hope and love. It keeps you wanting to read more but mainly it will inspire you to go for what you want. It's great when there's nothing wrong with you and you can still pursue your dream. This girl had the opposite of that but she still didn't give up. I would recommend this book to everyone who believes that they don't have what it takes to do what they want to do. I was fully engaged throughout the whole book. I would rate this book a 10 with 2 thumbs up. It inspired me to stop saying that I wasn’t good enough and to go for it. There are a lot of people like Melinda but there are a lot of people that don’t have some sort of disease. I hope this book inspires you to do what you love. -Genesis Gomez

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-24 10:02

    I would recommend the book A Rose for Melinda because it teaches how a ballet dancer gets diagnosed with leukemia. It talks about a girl named Melinda and a boy named Jesse. Jesse and Melinda have been friends since they were in the first grade and then one day Jesse has to move because he was having family problems. Jesse moves to California away from Melinda. Even though they are separated they still keep in touch, they write letters and send emails to each other. Melinda has loved ballet since she was a little girl, then one day she gets accepted into a ballet school. One day while Melinda was practicing for a routine in ballet school she faints. Melinda gets rushed to the hospital. When they get their the doctors tell her and her family that she has leukemia. Everyone is devastated with the news. My favorite part about this book is when Melinda gets accepted into the ballet school, but the part I hate most is when the doctors tell her she has cancer.

  • Mitzy Rodriguez
    2019-03-29 11:58

    A tragic story, about a young girl whose only dream is to become a professional dancer is battling leukemia. The book could possibly be described as a romantic tale, two young children that are best friends have more then just a friendly connection one that could lead to a more in depth relationship. How the book is set up is different than a normal book, letters being written among many character, emails being sent, doctor reports and all other communication methods. Mixed emotions throughout the book. The bond shared among multiple characters creates a loving setting that leaves the reader in tears at the end. Since the beginning the book catches the readers’ attention which will not allow them to put it down until read from cover to cover. It is a must read, I felt like I was part of the book. How could such a horrible event happen to someone so sweet? How does McDaniel’s use of words make the reader be filled with so many emotions?

  • ❀angela
    2019-04-08 10:42

    You would think that I wouldn't cry when reading this for the third time...but nope. I think I was bawling even more than the first two cry-fests combined. And today the tears started even before she got cancer. I'm such a crybaby.I wouldn't even say it's an amazingly written book--the writing is simple. But it affects me so much, and I can clearly visualize the characters. I loved Melinda. She's my kind of heroine. This book is special to me because I think this was my first romance book. I read it in the fifth grade, back when I decided to read books if the blurb on the back was interesting; I use to read anything, I had yet to realize what genre it was my bookworm heart craved (I figured it out at sixteen). Anyway. I don't even remember how I stumbled across it; I just remember that I loved it back then.

  • Kalcey Nazworth
    2019-03-28 11:55

    Alright so this book, its a good story. The characters a little unreliable in my opinion however they are well written and very set in values. All in all very beautiful and well likeable. I feel like this is a different book for everyone, tears will be shed for different reasons for everyone. Personally I cried in the beginning and the love a mother can have for her daughter. However there is more to this story than that. Its a tragic love story, a very good read and tear jurker. The reason I had only given it four stars rather than 5 is because the ending. Not so great, left with alot of things left to be ended, but thats how life is. Something are left unanswered.

  • Sam
    2019-03-30 12:49

    I really love Lurlene McDaniel's books. To be honest, I didn't really like this one when it started. The format was different from her other books, and the story was told through notes, emails, journal entries, and online chats. The plotline was slightly cheesy originally, but McDaniel still ended with a flourish. Even though all of her books are sad, I always forget how close she makes you feel to the character when you are reading it. So yes, I still cried. To be honest though, I think that her One Last Wish series was a little better. but that's just me.Anyway, her writing is really great, and her books are still the ones I turn to when I need a good cry.

  • Allie
    2019-04-08 15:53

    Lurlene McDaniel has always been one of my favorite authors. However, I was quiet reluctant to read this book because it was a different format, all through communication methods. However, I was happily surprised, after reading this entire book in one day, and it ended up being one of my favorites by McDaniel. Long distance friendships have always been a part of my life, so reading about the one between the two main characters was enlightening. I also liked seeing this story from multiple perspectives.

  • Margie
    2019-04-14 11:41

    I do not usually read books written in text, diary, email form. It is not my favorite read, so I was hesitant to read this one. It did not flow like a regular book to me. I had to stop and figure out who was talking and who they were talking to.The story was good, but very predictable. The characters were real and had their flaws. I did care about the characters, but I wasn't totally intrenched in the story.Jesse and Melinda's love story was very sweet. I really enjoyed that part of the

  • Cristi
    2019-04-13 10:48

    This is my favorite book of hers. I love books that have to main character fall in love with their best friend. I also live how this book is written in journal entries and emails. I was almost crying at the end. I kind of related to this book because I did ballet for 5 years. I have read this book (i think) five times. I would read this book again. I want Lurlene McDaniel to write a sequel, but from Jesse's point of view or after her death. I recommend this book for people who like romance and love stories.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-13 14:52

    A tear-jerker, but ultimately, it makes you smile. A young up and coming ballerina gets leukemia. The book written through written forms of communication. It's not really verbal but you can see what's going through a persons head. The story of Melinda teaches you not to give up on your dream even if life keeps getting you down.The ending is quite a shocker because you have so much hope for her, for her recovery, and for her future relationship with a boy named Jesse that you almost go into denial. (at least i kind of did!)A great book recommended for 8th grade and up.

  • Jaguar
    2019-04-11 09:38

    I liked this book. It was told through notes, emails, letters, diary entries, and other writing formats. It's about a girl named Melinda who gets leukemia. I thought it was better at the beginning and somewhat middle of the book, and then it was okay-ish from there. I liked how Jesse and Melinda were best friends and loved to hang out, and it wasn't in the romantic way. Near the end, they started to 'love' each other, but they also had known each other for 10+ years. Overall it was a good book. I was sad at the end. It wasn't something I expected.Spring-Reading-Challenge-2015

  • Kanesha Collier
    2019-03-31 13:34

    A rose for melinda was different but AMAZING. It kept you wanting to read more, and know more. Just when you think everything is about to get better, it turns for the worse. That is when you want be able to put the book down. The romance between Melinda and Jesse is precious. What is better then a childhood love ? Im trying not to spoil the book, but if you are into romantic, but sad life meaning boks, this is PERFECT. It has a real meaning, a real life lesson that is taught. You all should really read it .

  • Ashley Marie
    2019-03-24 12:00

    This was the first book that I read by Lurlene Mcdaniel back when I was in middle school. It was and still remains to be one of my favorite books in the entire world. This is still shocking to me because I love fantasy and rarely read anything else. The fact the Lurlene Mcdaniel could right a non-fantasy book that stole my heart is impressive. This book makes me cry every time that I read it. The way that it is written in letters and e-mails makes it seem more childlike and innocent which makes Melinda's story that much more heartbreaking.

  • Hannah
    2019-04-01 07:33

    This book has been my favorite Lurlene McDaniel book that I have read so far. It keeps you wanting to read more and more the deeper you get into the book. The way Melinda responds to her illness is both encouraging and inspiring. Her love for dance is amazing. It reminds me of the way I feel about softball. Also, Melinda and Jesses love for eachother is what really makes this book bittersweet. Lurlene really incorporates romance and realistic tragedys perfectly.

  • Brandi Davidson
    2019-04-03 08:38

    I LOVE LURLENE MCDANIEL! I could read all her books and not get bored! I loved how she wrote this one in letters, diary entries, e-mails, etc. It was perfect! ALL of her books make me cry! Her books teach me not to take life for granted and to live every day to the fullest! Thank you, Lurlene McDaniel, for writing these books. You will forever be my favorite author! Yes, im writing this through my tears...

  • Melangel
    2019-04-16 09:57

    Despite some of the reviews I read, this is actually a good book. Though I don't like the way it was written, it felt jumpy, I loved the plot line. I hated the ending though, even though I saw it coming. I'll be honest, I needed a tissue for the ending and after reading the parts with her mom's journal.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-31 07:53

    A Rose for Melinda is a stunningly beautiful book. I loved this book, but it is definitely heart-wrenching. It is an exquisite, yet tragic, book. Lurlene McDaniel creates a perfect set of characters, and spins a plot in such a way that tugs at your heart-strings, while it has you marveling at its faultlessness. It is an extremely impressive book!

  • Claire
    2019-04-05 09:42

    I thought this book was precious. I loved that Melinda and her friend communicated through messages throughout their whole friendship. You could see them mature and fall in love, which was my favorite part of the book. It was awful to read that she had passed before her friend got to see her, but still great.