Before I Die

Before I Die

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Tessa has just a few months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, 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, her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa's time finally runs out. "Before I Die" is a brilliantly-crafted novel, heartbreaking yet astonishingly life-affirming. It will take you to the very edge.show more

Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 242g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • DAVID FICKLING BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 1849920451
  • 9781849920452
  • 66,596

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"Before I Die is so real, so sad, so true - and I so wish I'd written it myself" Jacqueline Wilson "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 "Tough but tender, angry rather than resigned, Tessa is an appealing heroine whose company is never less than bracing" -- Nicholas Tucker Independent "This is an affecting and brave novel. Tessa is such a rich character ... For everyone, it is a reminder to value the people that matter, seize the moment, wish with courage, adventure with relish, even if it's just a trip to the swimming pool, drinking hot chocolate or driving down a dual carriageway in the rain" Guardian "Destined to drive hundreds of thousands of readers to tears and to swift injunctions to all their friends to read it" Observershow more

About Jenny Downham

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.show more

Review Text

"This is an affecting and brave novel. Tessa is such a rich character . . . For everyone, it is a reminder to value the people that matter, seize the moment, wish with courage, adventure with relish, even if it's just a trip to the swimming pool, drinking hot chocolate or driving down a dual carriageway in the rain"show more

Rating details

45,702 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 32% (14,675)
4 33% (15,161)
3 25% (11,259)
2 8% (3,466)
1 2% (1,141)

Our customer reviews

This would have to be one of the most beautifully moving books I have ever read. The kind of book that stays with you months after you have put it down and affects you in ways you never expected it too. Simply amazing, come and see my full review at www.ourbookclub.net.aushow more
by Natalie Ward
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