Ways to Live Forever – Sally Nicholls

Ways to Live ForeverSam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers to the questions nobody will answer.


34 thoughts on “Ways to Live Forever – Sally Nicholls

  1. I thought this book was quite a moving book because the chapter dreaming was really sad because he was dying and his parents and his sister were looking after him.

  2. This book was very emotional. The end bit was very clever and also funny, but it was sad too. I was actually not expecting what happened TO happen and it was quite weird but it was in some parts very predictable but in other parts the total opposite!

  3. This book was so amazing. I love Harry Potter but this book is way better. I laughed so much, it was so funny but the sad part was when Felix and Sam died but in a way it was so happy too.

  4. This bookhad me hooked from page 1! To completely copy the teaser on the back, “some things are perfect from start to finish”

  5. By far my favourite on this years shortlist, By looking at the cover this book does not look particularly good but I recommend it strongly 🙂

  6. This Book Was Quite sad but in the end it was Alright it was Very Good I Would Love to read it again. I Thought It was Good for my age group I Love it !

  7. Ways to Live Forever is about an 11-year-old boy called Sam. He has a disease called leukaemia. Sam loves facts and wants to know about dying, but no-one will answer his questions. I like this book because it is interesting and has lots of facts in it.

    This book is about a boy called Sam who has leukaemia and who collects facts. I loved this book and it really moved me. I think EVERYONE should read it.
    Eleanor M.

    The unanswerable questions, enchanting tales and heart found wishes of Sam make this book a truly haunting read. I love Sally Nicholls’ devastating honesty, but incredible subtlety. A cover to cover, well thought out read.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was extremely sad in parts, but had a nice, healthy balance of humour. I really liked the idea of it being his book, not anybody else’s. It was certainly different, but in a good way. This must surely win at least one book award. Overall very good, funny and sad: all the things a great book needs!

    This book is about a boy called Sam who has Leukaemia (a type of cancer). The bravery and enthusiasm he has makes this story much more exciting and fun. This story is quite emotional and made me cry.

  8. This book was not that sad because the author tried and succeded to make it a little happy. I felt as though as though as I was actually there watching him. It was a shock to hear his friend dies. I am glad that he finished his list.

  9. This book was very good. I love the way Sally Nicholls is getting out a serious point across my mind about Leukaemia, but is expressed in a really clever way. At the same time as reading the book, I was learning at the same time, and now I think wisely about how hard it would have been for Sam and for Felix. I am very fond of first-person narrative, but I LOVED this book more than any other! If Sally Nicholls was going to write another book I would Love to read it.

  10. It is really emontional and sad I was crying my eyes off. But kind of half sad and half happy at the end. I couldn’t stop reading the book and couldn’t put the book down it was amazing.

  11. I really enjoyed this book! I thought that the characters were very nice. I thought that it was going to be really sad before I read it but as soon as I started reading i wanted to read on. I liked the ending very much. The way it was set out was really nice. It made me feel sad when Felix and Sam died but I didn’t feel very sad when Sam died because it said that there was nothing wrong with him and when he was dying everyone was there. So that made it seem that Sam was happy.

  12. I think this book is good but it is really sad and the first bit when he says that when you have finished reading he will probably will be dead makes you want to cry 😦
    Overall a good book !

  13. I like ways to live forever because it has mixed emotions because part of the book its sad and the rest is happy

  14. I like ways to live forever because it has mixed emotions; because part of the book is sad and the rest is happy

  15. I thought it was really sad because it said “by the time you read this i will be dead”.because he has got leukemia

  16. I thought this book was sad but brilliant. I think it is so good because it talks about stuff that affects real people.

  17. Why did Sam have to die at the end it was so sad!!! Sam and Felix’s friendship was so tight.

  18. Ways to live forever is a good book but very sad. Especially Sam and his best friend Felix. Unfortunately ,though, Felix dies and in the end Sam also passes away. Yet he does achieve most things before he dies.

  19. This book made me nearly cry but it was brilliant. At school we made a list of things we want to do before we die. Here’s mine:
    1. Sky dive out of an aeroplane
    2. Break a world record
    3. Make a parrot learn my name
    4. Speak to a ghost
    5. Learn how to play the guitar (properly)

  20. Ways to Live Forever is one of the best books I have ever read. This is not because it has a happy ending. Books with happy endings are never sensational, like this book was. The fact that it was so perfectly formed, so brilliantly detailed in every single way, was enough for it to become a literary masterpiece. This book was a contrast of startlingly different emotions blended together expertly, and had some amazingly described characters in it. I think that the best part was the “Questions That Nobody Answers”. Sally Nicholls deserves to win this competition.

  21. The book that i loved the most was ‘Ways To Live Forever’
    It was an interesting eye catching novel for all ages. It is not too hard to read and it was easy to understand. I liked the way the author used lists wich is really different. I love the characters in it and especially love his friend Felix!
    Thank you for reading

  22. Have you ever thought what life would be like if you had a disease that could potentially kill you? And you didn’t think you had long left in life?

    Well Sam has leukimia and he wants to complete his life goals before it is too late.

  23. This book is very moving , and I would recommend it to all ages.

    It is an emotional book that will make you laugh and cry.

  24. This was my favourite book.
    It was very moving and quite easy to read. I like the way the author used lists to make the story more realistic. I think the best character was Felix. It was sad when he died

  25. This book is the best book I have ever read. I love it so much I’m going to read it over and over again. It’s so sad but I still love it!!!!!!

    Venerable Bede School

  26. This story was funny, emotional, and moving all in one. I really enjoyed reading the lists and how he did all the things he wanted to do. The end was very sad however.

  27. This was my favourite book out of the shortlist. Very cleverly written, with an unpredictable ending.

  28. I thought ‘Ways to live forever’ was a very eye catching, moving and emotional book. I felt really sorry for Sam when I read this book because I would hate to have a disease that could potentially kill me and I didn’t know how long left I had to live. And I thought it was really sad when Felix died, he was my favourite character,

    This book will make you laugh and cry and I would recomend it to all ages.

  29. I loved this book even though it was a sad book I enjoyed it. It was a good book and when it was funny it did make me laugh

  30. I thought this book was so sad, I loved it but it was soo sad when Felix died. I felt sooo sorry for him

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