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Publisher Comments:

Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. Its 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. Tessas 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 Tessas time finally runs out.

From the Hardcover edition.

Review:

"Parry delivers a genuine, unflinching performance as Tessa, a terminally ill British teenager determined to cram all the living she can into her final days. Tessa's ultimate to-do list includes more acts of abandon than accomplishments: having sex, doing something illegal and falling in love. But Parry's skillful narration combined with debut novelist Downham's honest and direct writing style keep this from becoming a hokey caper or melodramatic 'after-school special' listening experience. Parry laudably colors her reading with the broad range of raw emotion that Tessa experiences, from rage and fear to even a few moments of euphoria. She captures an authentic dynamic among the people in Tessa's inner circle, including her anxious, heartbroken father, exuberant best friend and steadfast, Scottish-sounding boyfriend. Most memorably, listeners hear Tessa's unspoken words — snippets of inner monologues, dreams and flashes of memories that drift into her fading consciousness as she lays dying. Strains of mournful, soulful music close the program; the result is both wrenching and cleansing. Ages 14-up. Simultaneous release with the Random/Fickling hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 6). (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

US

About the Author

Jenny Downham trained as an actor and worked in alternative theater before starting to write. She lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780739362884
Publisher:
Listening Library (Audio)
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Read by:
Parry, Charlotte
Read:
Parry, Charlotte
Author:
Downham, Jenny
Author:
Parry, Charlotte
Subject:
Terminally ill
Subject:
England
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Situations / Death & Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Death and Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
death;cancer;fiction;ya;young adult;love;leukemia;sex;dying;friendship;england;family;romance;teen fiction;relationships;terminal illness;realistic fiction;teen;illness;drugs;teen pregnancy;kuolema;lists;teenagers;tearjerker;british;tod;sad;pregnancy;firs
Subject:
death;cancer;fiction;ya;young adult;love;leukemia;sex;dying;friendship;england;family;romance;teen fiction;relationships;terminal illness;realistic fiction;teen;illness;drugs;teen pregnancy;kuolema;lists;teenagers;tearjerker;british;tod;sad;pregnancy;firs
Subject:
death;cancer;fiction;ya;young adult;love;leukemia;sex;dying;friendship;england;family;romance;teen fiction;relationships;terminal illness;realistic fiction;teen;illness;drugs;teen pregnancy;kuolema;lists;teenagers;tearjerker;british;tod;sad;pregnancy;firs
Edition Description:
Six CD
Publication Date:
20070925
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Dimensions:
6.30x5.54x1.02 in. .43 lbs.
Media Run Time:
429
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details pages Listening Library - English 9780739362884 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Parry delivers a genuine, unflinching performance as Tessa, a terminally ill British teenager determined to cram all the living she can into her final days. Tessa's ultimate to-do list includes more acts of abandon than accomplishments: having sex, doing something illegal and falling in love. But Parry's skillful narration combined with debut novelist Downham's honest and direct writing style keep this from becoming a hokey caper or melodramatic 'after-school special' listening experience. Parry laudably colors her reading with the broad range of raw emotion that Tessa experiences, from rage and fear to even a few moments of euphoria. She captures an authentic dynamic among the people in Tessa's inner circle, including her anxious, heartbroken father, exuberant best friend and steadfast, Scottish-sounding boyfriend. Most memorably, listeners hear Tessa's unspoken words — snippets of inner monologues, dreams and flashes of memories that drift into her fading consciousness as she lays dying. Strains of mournful, soulful music close the program; the result is both wrenching and cleansing. Ages 14-up. Simultaneous release with the Random/Fickling hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 6). (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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