Thursday, 18 August 2011

Before I Die - Jenny Downham

Hello, me again... just reviewing a few books I read in the few weeks I was away. So here is a classic Young Adult novel - Before I Die. The miserable title is enough to make any teen want to flick through the pages! It has a lovely saddening cover of a girl lying morbidly in a field which will most certainy appeal to the target market.

Tessa has leukemia, a cancet of the blood. It is fatal in some cases and to live agonising chemotherapy is needed. Tessa is like any other teen, she lies in bed most of the day - but she is held down by pain not laziness. She quit her hospital treatments and has made a list of things she wants to do before she dies. So the book follows her as she works through her list which include: shoplifting, sex, going back to a family holiday home, driving, falling in love, riding a motorbike, drugs and alcohol. There are high's and lows, and the book faces a lot of issues head on such as: peer pressure, Drug and alcohol abuse and teenage pregnancy.

The ending is incredibly sad, well... the title gives it a way. This book makes your heart flutter and your tears flow! I give it a five star rating! It is a brilliant plot, excellent characters and amazing from the first to the last page!










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