Shortlisted for the Spread the Word : Books to Talk About 2008.
An incredibly moving and uplifting novel. Get the tissues out for this one. You will find yourself wanting to race through it in the hope that somehow that will change the inevitable outcome. Tessa tells her story with a matter-of-fact tone that keeps the book from being over sentimental, there is laughter and there are tears and there is a very positive message. Highly recommended.
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 Ten Things 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.
Publication date: 10/09/2007
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
|Publication date:||10th September 2007|
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Reading Groups,|
Jenny Downham was an actress for many years before concentrating on her writing full-time. She lives in London with her two sons. Her book Before I Die was critically acclaimed and was short listed 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. Get to know Jenny more by watching her 30 second interview.More About Jenny Downham