Before I Die
By Jenny Downham
(David Fickling Books, Paperback, 9780385751834, 326pp.)
Publication Date: May 26, 2009
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Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, and 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, are all painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa's time runs out.
"A "Publishers Weekly "Best Children's Book of the Year
A "Booklist "Editors' Choice
A Book Sense Children's Pick
A "Kirkus Reviews "Editors' Choice
A "Publishers Weekly "Flying Start Author"
" An ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults"
The newly released feature film "Now Is Good, " starring Dakota Fanning, is based on Jenny Downham's intensely moving novel.