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Before I Die by Jenny Downham


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.

Before I Die has been made into a film starring Dakota Fanning. It has a new title – Now Is Good – and will be released in the UK later this year.

Author: K

YA writer. Voracious reader. Feminist. Home educator. Addicted to tea and Twitter.

4 thoughts on “Before I Die by Jenny Downham

  1. This is really good! I’m totally going to watch this. I haven’t heard of the book but now that i’ve seen the trailer i really want to read it!

    Thanks for sharing! =D

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