Before I Die, Jenny Downham
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Before I Die

Author: Jenny Downham

Narrator: Charlotte Parry

Unabridged: 7 hr 10 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 09/25/2007


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, 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 runs out.

From the Hardcover edition.


AudiobooksNow review by Wendy on 2009-06-13 11:23:40

Tessa is a 16 year old girl who is dying. She has cancer. is amazing how one word can say so much. This book speaks volumes. The emotional slap that you receive on every page is sometimes too much to bear and you have to set the book down and walk away for a while. There is the anger from Tessa, the desperation from her father, the denial from her brother, the love from Adam, and the almost mean spirited fragility from her friend Zoey. You connect with each of these emotions and at times you feel drained. Make sure that you have plenty of Kleenex on hand before beginning, but this book is definitely worth the time. It will make you re-evaluate life and maybe, just maybe, not take it for granted quite as much.