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    DescriptionTessa has just a few months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests and drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her Before I Die list. And number one is sex. Starting tonight. Released from the constraints of 'normal' life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Her feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and the powerful, bittersweet first love she finds with the boy next door - all are painfully yet beautifully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa's time finally runs out.

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    Now is Good
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jenny Downham
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    ISBN 13: 9781849921381
    ISBN 10: 1849921385

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.2
    BIC subject category V2: YFB
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5AN
    BIC E4L: F11+
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 22500
    BIC subject category V2: YF
    Libri: ENGM3000, ENGL2030, KIND1415, ENGL3095
    BIC children’s book marketing category: E3N78
    Libri: KIND1443
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, JUV000000
    BIC subject category V2: 5AN
    DC23: 823.92
    Thema V1.0: YFB
    Illustrations note
    Random House Children's Publishers UK
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    30 August 2012
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    Author Information
    Jenny Downham was an actress for many years before concentrating on her writing full-time. She lives in London with her two sons. Her debut novel Before I Die was critically acclaimed and was shortlisted for the 2007 Guardian Award and the 2008 Lancashire Children's Book of the Year, nominated for the 2008 Carnegie Medal and the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize, and won the 2008 Branford Boase Award.
    Review quote
    "Dealing frankly with teenage life, Before I Die will be the year's most talked-about novel ... Novels for young teenagers do not usually feature drugs and casual sex within the first 20-odd pages. But most books for teenagers will not leave an adult reader's eyes so blurry with tears that it's hard to see the final chapters. Jenny Downham's extraordinary first novel does both" The Sunday Times "Downham's prose is brave and bare, her characters relentlessly realistic" -- Dinah Hall Sunday Telegraph "Destined to drive hundreds of thousands of readers to tears and to swift injunctions to all their friends to read it" Observer "A novel that won't fail to touch those who read it, and despite the melancholy subject matter it manages to be hugely life-affirming. A book that will make you happy to be alive. 5 stars" -- Jo Hoare Heat "A work of great humanity and profound empathy. I defy anyone not to cry reading this book" Daily Express
    Back cover copy
    Tessa is sixteen. Tessa is dying. But before that moment comes, she has an awful lot of living to do . . . So she’s made a list of everything she wants to do before she dies. Number one is sex. Starting tonight. Heartbreaking, devastating, yet sparkling with life, this internationally bestselling novel celebrates what it is to be alive by confronting what it’s really like to die. ‘Moving and heart-wrenching’ Independent ‘A book that will make you happy to be alive' Heat ‘I don’t care how old you are. This book will not leave you’ New York Times NOW A MAJOR FILM STARRING DAKOTA FANNING, JEREMY IRVINE, PADDY CONSIDINE, OLIVIA WILLIAMS AND KAYA SCODELARIO