The Panic-Inducing Prose of Lurlene McDaniel

imagesPerhaps you are familiar with the oeuvre of Lurlene McDaniel? If you are, then you probably already know what we’re about to discuss. If you’re not, you are in for a treat.

Like most YA novelists, McDaniel had a niche. If Mary Downing Hahn knew how to make your spine tingle, then McDaniel knew how to sow the seeds of hypochondriasm. Because all of her books were about teenagers grappling with cancer.

Not exclusively, of course, but enough to leave an impression. That bone marrow transplants are the most excruciating of surgeries is something I know from McDaniel. That unexplained bruises can be a sign of leukemia? Thanks Lurlene! I spent half my life assuming every shadow on my skin was a sign of leukemia (and the other half assuming AIDS).

Of course, because that particular teenager didn’t yet know she had leukemia, she was just walking around with big bruises on her legs, which led to an intervention with a higher up at her high school, who wanted to make sure everything at home was okay. The teen was appalled! Of course it was! But even she had to acknowledge that the bruises were strange.

Anyway, in case you don’t believe me, here is a partial list of Lurlene McDaniel book titles:

Goodbye Doesn’t Mean Forever
Somewhere Between Life and Death
Time to Let Go
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
When Happily Ever After Ends
Mourning Song
A Time to Die
Mother, Help Me
Someone Dies, Someone Lives
Sixteen and Dying
Let Him Live
The Legacy: Making Wishes Come True
Baby Alicia Is Dying
Please Don’t Die
She Dies Too Young
All the Days of Her Life
A Season for Goodbye
Don’t Die, My Love
Saving Jessica
I’ll Be Seeing You
Angels Watching Over Me
Till Death Do Us Part
For Better, For Worse, Forever
Lifted Up By Angels
Until Angels Close My Eyes
Starry, Starry Night
One Last Wish
The Girl Death left Behind
Reach for Tomorrow
Angel of Mercy

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