Before I Die (Paperback)
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DescriptionFor the many readers who love "The Fault in Our Stars," this is the story of a girl who is determined to live, love, and to write her own ending before her time is finally up. Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, and drugs with excruciating side effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is Sex. Released from the constraints of "normal" life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Tessa's feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and her new boyfriend, are all painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa's time runs out. "A "Publishers Weekly "Best Children's Book of the Year A "Booklist "Editors' Choice A Book Sense Children's Pick A "Kirkus Reviews "Editors' Choice A "Publishers Weekly "Flying Start Author" " An ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults" The newly released feature film "Now Is Good, " starring Dakota Fanning, is based on Jenny Downham's intensely moving novel.
- Published: 26 May 2009
- Format: Paperback 326 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780385751834 ISBN 10: 0385751834
- Sales rank: 14,582
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Before I Die
I only finished this today but wow. The writing is perfect. The research the author would have done to write this book. It's so real. shgfkjfssjfhsfdskhfsfkjsdkfjkjd
Amazing. Just. Please, do yourself a favour and read this. Just...do it. by Mitch
This would have to be one of the most beautifully moving books I have ever read. Even months after finishing it, I still can't get it out of my head. Incredible - come and see my full review at www.ourbookclub.net.au by Natalie Ward
This book is one of the most beautiful, endearing and heartbreaking books that I have ever read. Tessa became the friend I never met and I mourned her when it got to the end of the book. I will be very surprised if you read this book and don't shed a tear or two. Honest, poignant, and heartwrenching. This book will make you change the way you view your life and make you realise how lucky you are to be alive. by Bianca Barber
Reviewed by Julie M. Prince for TeensReadToo.com
I devoured this book in two days. It called to me. Beckoned me across the room and begged me to pick it up and finish what I'd started. If I hadn't needed to eat and sleep, I'd have finished it in mere hours. It was that vital to keep going.
Tessa Scott keeps going, too. She keeps writing on the wall and adding to the list of things she wants to do before she dies. Tess's life is being driven from her by leukemia before she herself can even drive a car. It's not fair. She wants a boyfriend. She wants normal.
Tessa pushes. She pushes against the people who want to be near her. She pushes against the rules she's been forced to follow throughout her brief life. She pushes against death.
She keeps breathing. In and out. It's simple. Except, it's not that simple.
This book gives a promise. This book keeps its promise. This book is real. It is deep and winding and important. It is beautiful and strong and eloquent and everlasting. It is just beautiful. by TeensReadToo