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Review, NYTBR, October 14, 2007:
"This may sound too depressing for words, but it is only one indication of the inspired originality of Before I Die, by Jenny Downham, that the reader can finish its last pages feeling thrillingly alive ... I don't care how old you are. This book will not leave you."
—John Burnham Schwartz
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2007
"Lucid language makes a painful journey bearable, beautiful and transcendent."
Starred Review, Publisher's Weekly, August 6, 2007
"The eloquent dying teen can seem a staple of the YA novel, but this British debut completely breaks the mold. Downham holds nothing back in her wrenching and exceptionally vibrant story."
Review, Entertainment Weekly, September 21, 2007
"Bound For Glory: This fall, five young authors deliver breakout books packed with razor-sharp writing."
Review, Entertainment Weekly, September 28, 2007
"In luminous prose that rings completely true, Downham earns every tear she wrings from her readers. I trust there will be many of them—many readers, and of course, many tears. A-"
From the Hardcover edition.
It's really going to happen. They said it would, but this is quicker than anyone thought.
Everyone has to die. We all know it.
With only a few months of life left, sixteen-year-old Tessa knows it better than most.
She's made a list though - ten things she wants to do before she dies. Number one is sex. Starting tonight.
But getting what you want isn't easy. And getting what youwant doesn't always give you what you need. And sometimes the most unexpected things become important.
Uplifting, life-affirming, joyous - this extraordinary novel celebrates what it is to be alive by confronting what it's really like to die. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I have read it multiple times!Published 1 month ago by Ali
I'm going to start by saying that my first thought of this book was it was boring and poorly developed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Haley Layton
I listened to this book on audiobook several years ago and remembered it as being very touching and thoughtful. Rereading it did not disappoint.
I adore Tessa. Read more
This book was truly amazing. Reading it made me feel things I still don't know how to fully put into words. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amanda LeGary
The book was good but the ending was except I also with great imagery. The pages painted pictures of how they all looked and acted at the end. WTG Adam you are a real manPublished 3 months ago by robert
I was recommended this book and film from fellow blogger on WordPress belleofthelibrary when I happened across her book review. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Casey Carlisle
I didn't just cry, I sobbed! To read this story from the perspective of the person who is dying was both beautiful and extremely difficult. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tazzie
Not feeling this one. Me against you was a bit better. This book was emotional and had its moments, but it suffered from an excruciatingly slow and sometimes confusing prose. Read morePublished 4 months ago by DJ
One of the most emotional books I have read. Makes you feel and understand the things that the main character is going through. OVERALL AN AMAZING BOOK!Published 7 months ago by a czerniak