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It's the summer after sophomore year and Raina has convinced her best friends since the sixth grade, Kathleen and Holly, to spend their summer as "pink angels" in Parker-Sloan General Hospital's summer volunteer program. Kathleen is reluctant to do it - she has enough responsibility at home caring for her sick mother. But when she meets Carson, a cute and flirty fellow volIt's the summer after sophomore year and Raina has convinced her best friends since the sixth grade, Kathleen and Holly, to spend their summer as "pink angels" in Parker-Sloan General Hospital's summer volunteer program. Kathleen is reluctant to do it - she has enough responsibility at home caring for her sick mother. But when she meets Carson, a cute and flirty fellow volunteer, she is happy that she joined the program. Or, at least, she thinks she is. Carson's "old friend" Stephanie keeps showing up at all the wrong times. And Kathleen's mother keeps complaining that she needs Kathleen at home. But with friends Raina and Holly by her side and her Pink Angel t-shirt on her back, Kathleen is able to realize that helping others also allows you to help yourself....

Title : Kathleen's Story
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ISBN : 9780440238652
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Kathleen's Story Reviews

  • Kimberly
    2019-02-15 15:19

    Everyone needs some fun every once in a while. Kathleen thinks that she has too much responsibility at home and doesn't have time for fun or time to volunteer as a Pink Angel with her friends. Lurlene McDaniel's Angels in Pink (Kathleen's Story) kept me on the edge of my seat with the constant action and different points of view by the different characters. Kathleen McKensie's home life is not the kind of life that anyone would want to trade theirs for. Her mother, Mary Ellen, has multiple sclerosis (MS) and can barely take care of herself. Kathleen got put as Mary Ellen's care taker at the age of five and never has any time to do anything for herself. She has no time to act like other girls her age do. When Kathleen's two best friends, Holly and Raina, persuaded her to join a volunteer program at Parker-Sloan General Hospital as a Pink Angel, Kathleen thought that this was going to be an awful summer and worried a lot about the health of her mother who was left at home by herself. Later, Kathleen finds out that this program is just what she needs to break out of her shell and have a little fun. Lurlene McDaniel moves from one of the main characters to the next in every chapter. I like this style of writing because the book is not as boring with all of the different events going on with each character. The drawback to this style is the confusion that the reader gets from each chapter. The different chapters confused me because they didn't seem to fit together until I read on a few more chapters and the chapters before were all summed up. Lurlene's type of writing is more serious and realistic than funny. There are a few funny parts in her stories, but most of her story seems very realistic than comical. When i read Angels in Pink, it seemed as if i was really in the hospital and at the characters houses witnessing all of the action because the descriptions of the settings were very elaborate.Kathleen didn't like talking about her home life to other people besides Holly and Raina. Most of the time, though, she didn't want to talk to them about her situations at home, either. Mary Ellen was my least favorite character because she was always so needy and complained way to much. She always wanted Kathleen to do everything for her and Kathleen had to stop everything she was doing to make her mother happy. If Kathleen came home a little later than planned from the hospital or from running an errand, Mary Ellen would get very emotional. On Kathleen's first day at the hospital, the orientation went a little longer than she thought it would. When she walked in she saw that her mother had been crying. When she saw Kathleen she said "I was scared. I - I thought something bad had happened to you." Then she refused to eat unless Kathleen was right there eating beside her.I recommend this book to people who like books that make the reader feel like part of the story. Also Angels in Pink is a good book for people who have interests in personal, realistic books.

  • Alixus James
    2019-01-23 16:56

    You will love this book if you like young adult romance. The book is about Kathleen and her friends volunteer at a hospital. Although in the first place Kathleen didn't want to do anything with her summer. Until when her friend and her get to the hospital and Kathleen meets Carson. Carson the bad boy but also very sweet to Kathleen and Kathleen's I'll mother. I would recommend this book to anyone who like romance.

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-21 16:16

    This book is about three girls Raina, kathleen, and Holly, who join a summer volunteer program at Parker-Sloan General Hospital. Holly works done in the Childrens wing reading and doing crafts with all the children. Raina works as a runner. Moving patients to surgerys and getting them medicine and food, things like that. Lastly Kathleen works in the office center by filing papers. During the volunteer program Kathleen meets the nauthiest boy namedd Carson and doesn't always want to be attracted to him, but she is.The Genre of this book is realistic fiction/Romance and the theme of this book is book is friendship/Passion.Overall, I think this book was really great, but there were a few things that I would change. (1) I think the Characterization was good on the three main charaters Holly, Kathleen, and Holly, but on the minor characters such as Holly's brother/Raina Boyfriend (Same person just to let you know) I would like to know more about his physical appearance. (2) The suspence and foreshadowing in this novel was just okay. I believe that suspence should be a main priority when writing a story, because it takes a part in getting the reader addicted to your book. In Angels in Pink I could predict a lot of things that were going to happen (Forshadowing)and in some novels it is kind of fun,but in this one it was just eennnnnh. (3) The last element I would critique about this book is during the plot, the falling action to be exact, was pretty dull. I wish it was a little more exiting because I put down the book a lot during that part. (I'd like to tell you exactly what happened, but it would give away the entire story.) People who would enjoy this book would be girls of any age between about 13-25. I picked such an older age because there is a lot of drama younger girls, I don't think, would understand. Lastly I would give this book 5 stars because even though I didd critique three things it was very hard to. Overall, I wish every girl between the age of 13-25 would read this book, because it totally, wonderfully, amazingly awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jojo
    2019-02-06 18:02

    Kathleen is struggling between home and her outside life. She's the main caregiver to her wheelchair-bound mother, her mom has multiple sclerosis. When Kathleen was seven years old, her Dad died in a car crash when hit by a drunken driver, and Mom spent months in the hospital recuperating from her injuries. While Kathleen struggles with guilt when she is away from Mom, She feels like that she should be home taking care of her instead of out having fun with her friends.Holly looks to the volunteer program as an escape from strict but devoted parents. Raina's interest in the medical field comes from her Mom, who is the director of nursing at the hospital. Kathleen doesn't really want to do it, because she says she would rather get a paying job instead of wasting her time at some hospital.She is assigned to the admissions office with clerical duties and responsibility for transporting patients. She meets this attractive volunteer Carson Keifer, who attends the prestigious Bryce Academy. Others consider Carson self-centered, conceited, and unreliable. His parents, Christopher and Teresa Keifer, are cardiologists at Parker-Sloan General, a sister is an ophthamologist in Bosnia, and his brother is a medical resident in Detroit. Carson has no interest in medicine. Kathleen and Carson form a relationship, he takes her out to dinner at the country club, and invites her to the Keifer residence. But there's a rival (so Kathleen thinks) in Stephanie, a drop-dead beautiful model with a 'brassy attitude', who seems to appear out of nowhere. Returning home after a date,Kathleen and Carson notice that all of the lights are off in the McKensie house. Rushing into the kitchen, they find Mom on the floor, with no pulse. As Carson administers CPR, Kathleen calls 911, and Mom is transported to the hospital.This shows the love of Kathleen's friends, their parents, and people at the hospital.This is a fun, interesting book and i think that every girl will be happy reading this. There's a lot of drama involved and its fun because you can relate to it, and you can see which one out of the girls is you.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-22 21:49

    Even though this book is supposed to revolve around one of three best friends, Kathleen, I found that it was divided pretty evenly between the three girls. Kathleen's mother is afflicted with multiple sclerosis, which adds a human interest element to the plot that makes the reader sympathetic to Kathleen's struggles. This is also makes it quite understandable as to why Kathleen would be attracted to bad-boy Carson -- she lives such a controlled life that she needs some rebellion and unpredictability to make life more interesting.The three girls volunteer for a program at the local hospital, called the Pink Angels. This makes for great background material as there is plenty of fodder for creating obstacles and conflicts. It was also somewhat familiar to me, thanks to what I've gone through with my youngest daughter's two hospital stays. My heart especially melted at one of the girl's interactions with a boy sick with cancer.The characters were not overly unique and some were more likable than others. What really bothered me the most was how the book ended -- it just sort of cuts off. I understand that this book is part of a trilogy, but as it attempts to focus on one particular character, Kathleen, the plot lines pertaining to her should be resolved.

  • Angel Tsang
    2019-02-22 21:53

    This book was recommended to me by a friend who thought that we could really relate to it and that the plot was interesting. It is about a girl whose in her sophomore year like I was last year and she is just like us and does community service. Her name is Kathleen and she was volunteering at a hospital where she begins to have feelings for a guy named Carson. I thought that I was able to connect with her because I feel that doing community service and contributing to the world gives us a purpose in life and a meaning. I felt that Kathleen was a good-hearted girl and I thought that in this way, I was able to connect myself to her. Also, she has her own personal problems that she has to deal with at home such as her sick mother and I thought that teenagers are sometimes forced to face a lot of situations that they aren't mentally prepared for. Teenagers are still vulnerable to many things and sometimes having to deal with so much in their life overwhelms them and it starts to break them down. I personally have gone through moments in my life where I felt that way and I had a mental breakdown where I was so emotionally distressed from everything going on around me

  • YOUmedia
    2019-01-30 15:53

    Review by Rachelle Capitaine:This book was about Kathleen who is having major problems because she lost her father and she has to take care of her mother when she has a disorder and is in a wheelchair. So now Kathleen decided to get a job at the hospital because her two best friends Raina and Holly wanted her to and they are really close friends. Now that Kathleen works at the hospital with her two best friends because she likes to help sick people feel better when she is in a relationship with this guy named Carson. Kathleen was so upset when she saw all the lights out in the house because her mother would usually leave them on. So as soon as Kathleen went in the house she saw her mother on the floor all unconsious if it was not for Carson, Kathleen would be a homeless child but Carson gave CPR to Kathleens mom she was able to live. What i mostly liked about this book was when Kathleen and Carson went to take the mom to the hospital alright and now Kathleen was happy to know that there was someone to save her mom who meant alot to her after all the tradegy she had to go through since she lost her father to a car accident.

  • Maria E
    2019-02-18 15:18

    As if having to volunteer at the hospital everyday isn't enough, you have to go home and take care of your sick mother. Lurlene McDaniel's Angels in Pink is a great read. It's genre would be realistic fiction. Angels in Pink is about three best friends, Kathleen, Raina, and Holly, who decide to help at a volunteer program at the hospital. Kathleen's father died in a car accident when she was a child. Now it's her responsiblity to take care of her sick mother. On top of that she meets, Carson, one of the volunteers who happens to be the son of two of the best doctors there. She knows he means trouble but can't stay away from him. As she gets to know him she realizes she was wrong about him. I recommend this book to girls of all ages. It's very easy to read and it doesn't contain any bad langue. Will Kathleen be able to have a social life while going to school, being a volunteer, and taking care of her mother? Check out this book and find out for yourself.

  • Debbie Henderson
    2019-02-12 20:02

    Genre: fiction, romanceIssues: real and false love, death, Internet relationships, trustBest friends Kathleen, Raina, and Holly volunteer together in a hospital for one more summer and their last school year. Together they must cope with a first boyfriend, an Internet boyfriend, and a dead boyfriend. They learn to love one another more than ever before as well as develop their own independence.The story might be a canned, predictable one, but it was still a fairly easy and enjoyable read. The plot moved along at a brisk pace and I found myself actually feeling what the characters were supposed to be feeling. Lurlene McDaniel achieves everything she intended in this book, visceral reactions and all.

  • Shante' Roland
    2019-02-14 15:16

    The book was very good. It was about three best friends volunteering for the Pink Angels. The girl Kathleen meets this guy named Carson and at first she claims she dont like him but she really does, so he asked her on a date. She didnt want to but she decided to give it a try. In the middle of the book Holly, the youngest became really close with this 5 year old boy who has chemo and she was excited that he was feeling better and got to go home. Towards the end Kathleen's mother was found on the floor unconsious, Carson did CPR and revived her. They found out that she had to get open heart suergery. Kathleen was very scared and she didnt want to lose who mother, a few hours passed and her mother was just fine and her friends were right by her side.

  • Lucy
    2019-01-27 17:18

    This is a book I saw other people read so I decided to read it too! I should have read it when I was a sophomore because the protagonist is a sophomore. I could relate to her because I have to do community service too! The main character, Kathleen, volunteers at the hospital with her friends. She actually likes to volunteer unlike some people who do it for graduating. At the volunteer, she meets a guy and she starts to like him. In every teen book, they add some kind of romance in it because it keeps the girls interested and get a warm feeling. I am that kind of reader; I only like to read romance books and not fantasy books as in Harry Potter

  • Xu Li
    2019-02-07 14:15

    This book was recommended to me from a friend.Reading this book reminded me of what what I did during the summer of my sophomore year and the things my best friends did during the same summer. The book is about three best friends who spend their summer volunteering at this hospital. Even if my best friends and I did different things, we experienced new things like the girls in this book. I spend the summer in Florida. One of my best friends spent the summer in China, while the other spent it in Wisconsin. The best friends in the book volunteered in hospital and so they were still connected to each other during the summer. My best friends and I called each other often to stay connected.

  • Lisa
    2019-01-27 21:08

    I'm starting a Lurlene McDaniel book club at my library. Miz Lurlene has written at least five billion books, all about terminally-ill teens. It's a creepy but lucrative obsession: her books are really popular. In this series, she follows three girls who volunteer at their local hospital. I just started the first volume. There are lots of italics. oops, I just peeked ahead to the end:"'I hate being sick,' Ben said emphatically...'Am I still your boyfriend?'"Update, 9/28. I finished the book. Ben is five years old.

  • Meghan Miller
    2019-01-28 21:11

    This book tells the story of how, Kathleen a 16 year old girl, is dealing with the death of her father and the sickness of her mother. She has so much responsibility and never has any fun. So when her friends ask her about volunteering at a hospital she isn't so sure about it. Her mother doesn't want her to because she thinks she needs her at all hours of the day but Kathleen finally gives in and agrees to go. She meets thins trouble maker boy and falls for him. She ends up having more fun than she ever could have imagined. I think it's a book that everyone should read!

  • Nicole
    2019-02-09 19:18

    I read this a few years ago. It is a YA book and, although I'm only a few years older, I think I prefer not to reread it since I feel those few years will make me feel differently about the book, and I really don't want to spoil the first impression I have of it. For teens, or anyone interested in YA books, this is a very inspiring story about sickness and mother and daughter relationships. It really helps to cope with real life sorrows and leaves a hopeful feeling. No matter how older I get, I'll always admire and appreciate the good influence and feelings McDaniel's works provided to me.

  • Jamilka
    2019-01-24 21:50

    This book in my opinion was the best from the angels in pink series./ I haven't really read the other ones but i don't want to because i heard something bad happens though i don't want to ruin the book for other people. This book is about a girl named Kathleen and her best friends Raina and Holly.Her mother has multiple sclerosis and feels the need to take care of her at Kathleen's expense. In the summer they volunteer at the hospital and Kathleen meets a guy named Carson and the experiences she had at the hospital changed her and her mothers lives.

  • Jenna
    2019-01-23 15:15

    i am done with this book. all of those people who want a sad book that they can't put down, pick up this one. its about a girl who volunteers with her friends at an hostpital, and it tells the story about all of them, but mostly Kathleen. Her mothers in a wheelchair and she doesn't have a father. She found what seems to be a good guy and something happens that could change her life... forever... (don! don! don!! don!) You will love this book, you'll cry and smile and foever love Angels in Pink!!!!

  • alyssa
    2019-02-08 17:00

    Kathleen isn't too happy when her friends Raina and Holly decide to volunteer at the hospital over the summer, but she gets sucked into doing it too. The reason Kathleen is so reluctant to go with them is simple - her father was killed in a car accident and her mom has multiple sclerosis (MS), and Kathleen thinks she's seen far too many hospitals before. Over the course of the summer, the three friends go through a lot - boyfriends, new friends, perks of their new job, and a possibly life-changing decision.

  • Gabrielle
    2019-02-10 21:54

    This is the only book I have read in the Angels in Pink story but its a good book. I havent really gotten into this book as much as her other novels but its still good. It tells the story about this girl named Kathleen who volunteers at a hospital over the summer. She meets some people that change her life that she would go above and beyond for. For Lurlene McDaniel its still good but not one of my favorites.

  • Areeba Imam
    2019-02-17 17:58

    first in the trilogy series; Kathleen, Raina and Holly, best friends since sixth grade are planning to join the Pink Angels volunteer program but Kathleen have enough responsibilities at home. With her friends by her side and the new special person in her life, Carson; will Kathleen be able to realize what everything means to her.Brilliantly written and the sketch of a teenagers' life, the book makes its place in making us realize what the world really holds.

  • Paige W
    2019-02-21 14:15

    This book wasn't the best but it wasn't the worst. Kathlene was starting to like this one boy named Carson. Carson's parents worked with Kathlene's parents at the hospital. Carson threw a party for his birthday and invited Kathlene and her friends. After Kathlene and her friends left everyone at the party got in to trouble because they were drinking beer and doing other bad stuff, and the worst part is Carson's parents aren't at home.

  • Amber
    2019-02-11 21:50

    Kathleen has been taking care of her mother for 6 years, being the sole care giver after her father died in a car accident. Kathleen's mother has MS and is confined to a wheelchair. Her friends convince her to start volunteering at the local hospital to help give her more of a "life". THere she meets Carson, the rebel, bad boy, and son of 2 excellent doctors. Despite her refusing, she finds herself falling for him. Will she date him or will he leave her like she's been warned of??

  • Roxana
    2019-01-25 21:56

    This is the most recent book i've read, and I think it's the best so far. I'm not really those types of people that read series (excluding The Twilight Saga). But this one is very different. This book is about Kathleen and her 3 best friends. Kathleen's mom has multiple sclerosis and she is "her servant" in her friends eyes. Her bffs Raina and Holly and her volunteer in a hospital for the summer and it's a life changing experience for them.

  • Kaitlyn Crawford
    2019-02-16 21:09

    Kathleens story is really good shes good at convinceing people to do things caring and kind like working for the pink angles she hardly spends a day with out being there but mostly after school she is kind she works with people with kimo licke emily she trys to be caring but some times get very frustrated and annoyed then she rlizes that she need to cool down

  • Shay Hardman
    2019-02-17 16:00

    Angels in Pink: Kathleen's story is a truly remarkable story and I highly recommend the series and any other book by Lurlene McDaniel. Many girls will be able to relate to this story, especially those who feel insecure and shy. The friendship, love, and hardships that fill the pages of this novel are not only endearing, but are also inspiring.

  • Juliet24
    2019-02-19 17:11

    This book was really good. I liked the romance of the story. I love Carson's character because he is witty and a big flirt, but he is good for Kathleen. This date is an estimation and i rememeber reading one of the books in this series over the summer on my grandma's bed, but i don't think it was this book.

  • Quinlyn
    2019-02-04 20:54

    3 best friends, Kathleen, Raiana and Holly volunteer at a local hospital for the summer. This book is wonderful because its about what we go through as includes the strength of friendship, love relationships, self image, and family. It's really a great book. Another on aced by Lurlene Mcdaniel!

  • Abby
    2019-01-25 17:59

    All three of the Angels in Pink books, were absolutely amazing! I have read so many books, but this is my all time favorite! It was an emotional roller coaster ride, and I felt like I was in the story going through exactly what they were going through. I laughed when they did, and I cried when they did. They were the best books I have ever read and I cannot wait to go back and read them again!

  • Donna Velasco
    2019-02-14 22:14

    Kathleen! My favorite of the three pink angels. Sorry Raina and Holly but I just have this thing for readheads. ;) But, yeah. Great, great, great read. You'll never want to put it down. I think I finished reading this book around 3:00 A.M. And even though I knew I had school the next day, I didn't care. Pretty self-explanatory.

  • Courtney U
    2019-02-05 14:02

    Angels in Pink is a book about caring, trust, love, and hate. Which is pretty much life. So you could say that this book is about life. Its very sweet when Holly helps a little 5 year old boy. I like the firework part in this book. That is also sweet.