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"Joel died living the way that he lived. He gave away his water on a hike, in order to save the lives of his friends. Six teens are left to find out who Joel was and how much he mattered to each person. His two sisters, Tabbatha and Clair are able to show how they see their family without Joel. Their mom locks herself away from the world and their dad throws himself into his work. Joel's debate partner Alden and his best friend Miles are not sure what to think of Joel's death and are slowly trying to get over the tragedy that happened. Norah is trying to get over her confusing crush on Joel. Lissa is trying to move on, not from Joel, but from her boyfriend Miles, so she can deal with Joel's death. The impact that Joel had on each person is unique and displays how many different dimensions a person has.
"The characters seemed as real as people that I know. Their personalities shine through like a light. This book is unlike anything that I have read. Smith creates a one of a kind tale. Smith is an amazing writer and created such a great story of six teens that are trying to find themselves in such a great tragedy. Smith is an amazing writer. She created a fantastic setting and set of characters that I didn't want to leave. I recommend The Way He Lived by Emily Wing Smith to anyone that is searching for an emotional story that just might make you cry." --Sarah