Before I Die - Jenny Downham | 11/06/2012 - 12/06/2012
“Sixteen year old Tessa is going to die. And she’s made a list of ten things she wants to do in the time she has left.
But getting what you want isn’t easy. And getting what you want 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.”
I haven’t cried this much at a book in a long time. I knew it was going to be a sad, but imagining what it must be like for Tessa was really heartbreaking. It was beautifully written, interesting the whole way through, and I think reading it in two days proves it’s a book you can’t really put down.
I really enjoyed it, because it’s the kind of book I usually find quite predictable and uninteresting, but it was really gripping and real and beautiful. It really makes you realise that you only have one life and you really need to live it.
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