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ISBN13: 9780385751551
ISBN10: 0385751559
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Tessa has just 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, and her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallised in the precious weeks before Tessa's time finally runs out.

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"Before I Die gutted me as no work of art has done in recent memory....Even as Downham plunges into unabashedly sentimental territory...Tessa's plight never turns gloopy or cloying. In luminous prose that rings completely true, Downham earns every tear she wrings from her readers. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly

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"[W]renching....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." Kirkus Reviews

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Before I Die is Jenny Downham's debut novel. She lives in England.

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joran14rocks, October 16, 2008 (view all comments by joran14rocks)
I loved this book it really did show you how lucky you are just to be a healthy person. she really gets in your head and it is ashame that I could not meat her. i think we would have been grate friends. I am glad that Zoey decided to keep her baby.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385751551
Author:
Downham, Jenny
Publisher:
David Fickling Books
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Terminally ill
Subject:
England
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Situations / Death & Dying
Copyright:
Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
September 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.68x5.78x1.12 in. .97 lbs.
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 336 pages David Fickling Books - English 9780385751551 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Before I Die gutted me as no work of art has done in recent memory....Even as Downham plunges into unabashedly sentimental territory...Tessa's plight never turns gloopy or cloying. In luminous prose that rings completely true, Downham earns every tear she wrings from her readers. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "[W]renching....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."
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