Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (47)

Radiate by Marley Gibson

Hayley Matthews has one dream: to make it onto the varsity cheerleading team her senior year of high school. Odds are against her, but she doesn't let that stop her from trying. So she works hard for months, perfecting her gymnastics and dancing moves. And despite the odds, she makes the squad.

In an instant, Hayley's life changes. Now she's part of the popular crowd at school, dating a football player, and going to parties. And she's working hard to be as perfect on the squad as her captain expects them all to be.

But then one day Hayley notices a lump on her left leg and the steady throb she's been feeling has gotten much worse. She can barely walk. When Hayley goes with her mom to get it checked out, the diagnosis is cancer. The doctor can't say how bad it is or what the prognosis will be. At the minimum, she'll have to have surgery. At the most it could mean loss of her leg or even her life.

Once again Hayley's life changes in an instant. Now she must face the odds again and show everyone, including herself, just how strong she is. And through it all--three surgeries, chemo, radiation, rehab, and just getting back to a normal life--it's cheerleading that keeps Hayley focused and positive.

All she wants to do is cheer, and nothing, including cancer, is going to stop her.

Release date: April 12, 2011 (Graphia)

I have yet to read anything by Marley, but I really want to! Especially after reading that heartbreaking and inspiring summary. This is definitely going to be a tear-jerker!

What are you waiting on?

Waiting on Wednesday Is Hosted By: Breaking the Spine


  1. This one is new to me...thx for sharing.


  2. Sounds good. I haven't heard of this one. I'm a big cheerleading fan -- coached and participated, as well as my daughter, so the cover draws my attention immediately.

  3. Looks cute!

    Saw you're reading Vanish right now. i loved it!

    Check out Em's WoW!
    Also check out the GREAT GIVEAWAYS we have going on right now.

  4. I'm really excited for Radiate!!! I've read some of Marley Gibson's other books, and really liked them--plus, I'm pretty sure that I've read the author had a personal experience with cancer--it's so scary to think of anything like this really happening, but at the same time, I'm guessing the book will be that much more powerful.


  5. I hadn't heard of this one before. Definitely going to check it out!

  6. I've never seen this one, but will have to check it out.

  7. I have seen this one around but I'm a bit on the fence about it, mostly because I haven't heard anything about the author before :P

    Still, it does sounds good.

    Great pick!

  8. Wow. This one is definitely interesting. I've never seen it before, but I want to read it now! A cheerleader with cancer? Sounds like a good book with some sad key points. Nice pick!

    My WoW :)

  9. thank you so much for the waiting on wednesday pick. I loved seeing my book cover and reading all the comments. Yes, this book is a fictionalize version of what I personally went through as a teenage cheerleader with cancer. I hope you will pick it up and spread the word to your friends. while I have loved doing my ghost huntress book Radiate truly is the book of my heart.

  10. I love the sound of this one...lots of serious 2012 books it seems!

  11. I saw this one and the first thing that struck me was the cheerleading aspect. Then I read the summary and it struck me more. Great pick!

    My WOW:

  12. I haven't heard about this one, but it looks like it'd definitely pull the heart strings. I'm adding it to my TBR list! Great pick!


I love getting comments, so feel free to leave your thoughts :)