If it sometimes seems as though the world is killing itself, here, between covers, is something to live for. A book about a 16-year-old girl dying of leukaemia. This may sound too depressing for words, but this much-hyped novel is meant to drive hundreds of thousands of readers to tears and to fast injunctions for all their friends to read it. | | |Good Morning Class and Mr Cartwright. Before I Die by Jenny Downham is in every perception, every | |particle of one girl’s desire, regret, rage, lust, light and darkness right to the end. Here is a | |girl who wants, and because her time is limited, her wanting has a greater intensity than your | |average teenager will ever know. A girl named Tessa, trapped in her failing body in an unnamed | |English | |town writes a list of 10 things that she desires to do before her time is up. 10 experiences that | |are not necessarily the kind of thing a parent would love. In fact, Tessa's pretty sure that her dad| |will hate most of it. But it's her life. And she wants to get to experience it. Tessa tastes new | |experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. This is where Jenny | |Downham | |has managed to take the reader into the mind of sixteen-year-old middle school girl, her family and | |her friends as Tessa puts up an amazing struggle and we see the strain that such an illness brings | |to all around her. Jenny expresses to readers throughout the novel to never turn your back on the | |external world, and honestly what it is like to face death, as Tessa thinks, “before I’ve even lived| |properly.” |
|Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, her...
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