Before I Die

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Random House Children's Books, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 326 pages
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For the many readers who love The Fault in Our Stars, this is the story of a girl who is determined to live, love, and to write her own ending before her time is finally up.

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
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Booklist Editors' Choice
A Book Sense Children's Pick
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Kirkus Reviews Editors' Choice
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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.
 

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The ending was very poignant. - LibraryThing
It was very difficult to read the ending of the story. - LibraryThing
Ms. Downham is a very talented writer. - LibraryThing
This was both realistic and hard to read. - LibraryThing
Such a simple premise, such a complicated book. - LibraryThing
Her prose is the real prize here. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - PamZaragoza - LibraryThing

I had a journey of mixed emotions whilst reading this book. At first, i'm annoyed at Tessa because she's treating the people around her like shit and like she don't care about what they think but then ... Read full review

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User Review  - katie1802 - LibraryThing

Its been a really long time since I read this book, but the thing that sticks out most in my mind is that wasn't very good. I mean, it wasn't bad, I just didn't find myself engrossed by it, which I am ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
4
Section 3
11
Section 4
18
Section 5
36
Section 6
46
Section 7
56
Section 8
82
Section 23
210
Section 24
214
Section 25
228
Section 26
241
Section 27
253
Section 28
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Section 29
263
Section 30
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
177
Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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About the author (2009)

This is Jenny Downham's debut novel. She lives in England.

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