Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. The premise of this first novel is initially Dying Young – Kindle edition by Marti Leimbach. Download it once and . Dying Young by Marti Leimbach – book cover, description, publication history. Marti Leimbach (born July 16, ) is an American fiction writer. Her first novel, Dying Young (), was an international bestseller and the basis of the film.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Dying Young by Marti Leimbach. Dying Young by Marti Leimbach. Victor, a year-old intellectual, has decided to end his treatment for leukemia and live out the remainder of his life in a small coastal community. He falls in love with the girl he hired to care for him, and their romance is fraught with uncertainty. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published June 17th by Ivy Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Dying Youngplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Apr 28, Twerking To Beethoven rated it did not like it Shelves: I remember reading this back in I didn’t like it at the time, I thought it was absolutely hideous, but read it anyway because back then I had much more time on my hands than now. Well, I stumbled upon this piece of junk today, it was inside an old cardboard box so I thumbed through the pages and Present tense, horrible dialogue full of the worst cliches, and depression aplenty.

May 31, Mark Farley rated it really liked it. I didn’t just want to write about a book today. No, I wanted to write about a book and a film. Or more importantly a book that was made into a film and how books and films correlate.

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Its a cliche and I find myself saying this all the time. I’m like a broken fucking record.

But the relationship between the written word and the silver screen ergo, Hollywood is a long and much documented story that better people have written better things about but the one thing that irks me the most about fallin I didn’t just want to write about a book today. But the relationship between the written word and the silver screen ergo, Hollywood is a long and much documented story that better people have written better things about but the one thing that irks me the most about falling in love with a book, being a fan from very early, is the treatment said work gets after the ‘sell their soul to the corporate devil’ and is produced into a shiny marketable thing when a load of moolah and peoples time is thrown at it.

I will put my hand up and say I went to the two at the time novels after seeing and very much enjoying the first film. My first reaction after finishing the book was ‘wait a minute, what film did I just see?


And where was that in the film? Bridget’s mother runs off with some sort of spear-weilding warrior from Africa. Look back at the film, its not there. Which brings me to a film about a man surviving cancer. And more specifically, how different both versions of the book and film are. And they certainly are versions. Ingested back to back, its like being welcomed into two alternate realities. First of all, the book universe is set in rural Massachusetts and in the film, we are in San Francisco.

Yes, the film companies do this all the time. Its what they call artistic licence. I think its like taking The Sound of Music to Glasgow and letting the two warring football hooligans clash, personally. I mean, who needs nazis? But I don’t agree with that at all and would describe it as something liken to gutting a prime sturgeon for its caviar.

Looking at the time in movies at the time and the cast, I cant help but think that this was treated as and the book was gutted with a big fuck off knife an ongoing vehicle for both Scott and Roberts.

The former was coming off the back of a decent success with grungy Seattle based relationship indie flick, ‘Singles’ but unfortunately for him, he was overshadowed by the music and the quirkier people around him.

And then there was also a reasonably minor hit called, ‘Pretty Woman’. A lot about ‘Dying Young’ as a film adaptation is about following the success of the mega hit.

I’m sorry but I believe this to be true. If you don’t believe me, I beg you to indulge me in two points: The general synopsis of both films is ‘poor girl makes big in an unfamiliar environment’. Its like hey, you remember that cool chick you liked who was a whore and colored her boots in with black marker pen? Shes back and shed looking after a sick guy. Add cancer card where applicable.

Julia Roberts starts both films dead poor, on the bones of her pretty arse and jackjaws hipster lingo in a club with some big haired friend and she takes both rich guys that she will reluctantly fall in love with into her world some sort of dance club where she will gyrate half naked and he will look like a fish out of water.

But back to the book for a minute, which is the part of all this that should be more celebrated. Its a great book, a lovely book. For example, there is no mention of being a lost and jaded kleptomaniac who conducts an illicit affair with Gordon pretty much through the entire book before leaving them both at the end and to the prospect of whether Victor will survive or take his ypung life.

In fact, throughout the film, Julia Roberts is some sort of martyr and heroine, when in marfi the reality is much darker. And more enjoyable to witness. The book is a different journey for sure but the emotions and the empathy are deeper.

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The characters that the film downsizes are more complex and angst ridden. It is written with a more mature head and intriguing sense of wonder and thought for the time. Dyiny on both book dyiing film and weave in your own opinion. But read the book, I loved it. Oct 28, Chrissy rated it it was amazing. This was a wonderful book! I have kept a copy of this so that I can read it again and again. This is about a woman that is hired to take care of a young man that is diagnosed with lukemia.


They fall in love with each other and try to ignore that he is sick. At times it eats her up inside, because he will not seek treatment. He’s tired of the doctors and of being sick so there are many days where she goes out because he sleeps all day. She ends up meeting another young man and has an affair with h This was a wonderful book! She ends up meeting another young man and has an vying with him for a short while. The man with the disease can be very vulgar, rude, and tends to have a bit of a dry sense of humor.

The book makes you want to scream at times and others it makes you want to start crying so be ready for a roller coaster ride. Jun 26, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this before I saw the movie, and it is so much better! Yes, it’s not uplifting per se, but it resonates.

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The movie basically soft-pedaled everything. The characters here are strong, and make choices that allow them to work through an impossible situation. The ending is one of my all-time favourites. In the movie’s defense, it did end that way martj, but test audiences wanted a happy ending. Leimbacb 20, Nathan Burgoine rated it liked it. The story of a caretaker and a man dying of lieukemia, and a third man who gains the caretaker’s attention, this was a movie with Julia Roberts, and this is mafti Movie Tie-In.

If you’ve seen the movie, you’ve already read this book, but hey. Mar 01, Keefe rated it liked it. The storyline is better than the movie! There are so much details from various description in the book that sometime bored me.

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It’s a good reading for those who loves a genre of new age. Apr 12, Amanda Garland rated it did not like it. Officially the worst book I’ve ever read. First, the characters are awful. I mean, how selfish can Hilary be? Cheating on a dying man and then allowing both men to be friends? How cruel is that?

Sleeping with a woman who is in a relationship with a man that is dying? Way too much description, not enough story. I leimbzch Officially the worst book I’ve ever read.