Before I Die
By (author) Jenny Downham
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Before I Die by Jenny Downham
Book DescriptionTessa 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780552774628
(198mm x 127mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jenny Downham
Unbecoming, Paperback (June 2016)
A new and truly powerful novel from internationally bestselling Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die.
Antes de Morirme, Paperback / softback (July 2015)
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. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, and drugs with excruciating side effects, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up.
Before I Die, Paperback (July 2015)
Tessa has just a few months to live. So she compiles her bucket list, her To Do Before I Die list. 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.
You Against Me, Paperback (March 2014)» View all books by Jenny Downham
When Mikey's sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart. When Ellie's brother is charged with the offence, her world begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, their worlds collide. A brave and unflinching novel from the bestselling author of Before I Die, about first love, loyalty, betrayal and truth.
US Kirkus Review » With only months left to live, 16-year-old Tessa makes a list of things she must experience: sex, petty crime, fame, drugs and true love. Downham's wrenching work features a girl desperate for a few thrilling moments before leukemia takes her away. Although Tessa remains ardently committed to her list, both she and the reader find comfort in the quiet resonance of the natural world. Tessa's soul mate, Adam, gardens next door; a bird benignly rots in grass; psychedelic mushrooms provide escape; an apple tree brings comfort; and her best friend, Zoey, ripens in the final months of pregnancy. Downham's lithe, facile writing creates a chiaroscuro of life and death, of organic growth and decay. Although Tessa begins to see herself within the natural continuum, she still feels furious with her lot. She lashes out and behaves cruelly at times, making her believable to teen readers. Because her experience feels so palpable, readers will believe that the novel's final pages might offer a crystalline vision of death. Lucid language makes a painful journey bearable, beautiful and transcendent. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - 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.
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