Review :Before I Die

Posted: June 23, 2009 in Reviews, Young Adult Book Challenge 2009

Book: Before I Die
Author: Jenny Downham
Binding: Library Binding
Publishing Date: 2007/09/25
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Number of Pages: 326

Book Cover Says:

Tessa has just a few 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, her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa’s time finally runs out.

My Views :

I thought a lot since I completed reading this book. I could think straight only once I was done crying. Trust me I cried so much that my sister thought something bad must have happened. When I told her it was the book that I had just finished , she refused to believe me ,so I handed her the book. Now , I am waiting when she is going to have her episode , so I can tell her that its not me , it’s the book. Jenny Downham’s Before I Die is the kind of story that I am sure is gonna touch the lives of people who read it.

Tessa is going to die and you get to see her live the remaining days of her very short life ,trying to fit in all the things she feels she must do before she says her final good-bye. She has made a list of To Do things..There are things in her list that any teenager is warned not to do ,but she wants to do it and her reason is simple ‘she is going to die’ and she needs to experience all that is worth living for.

The book very beautifully explains the pain felt by her father, who masks it by going in to denial about his child’s illness , trying to see if some newer therapy can work. A younger brother who feels may be she should hurry up and be done with . A teenager who has so much to do but has such short time leaving you praying for some miracle to happen. I really wanted some life saving therapy to work for this girl. I really did.

This book makes us realise one thing, that life is precious filled with beautiful things , we don’t appreciate fully because we are too busy. Too busy to see the sun rise or sun set , too busy to appreciate the first rains , too busy to return a smile , too busy to have a life.

This book according me ,needs to be read by all , no matter how old you are. I actually wasn’t able to put all my thoughts in this because it’s so difficult . You just to need to read it to know what it is.

Keep box of tissues at hand. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  1. Teddyree says:

    Wonderful review, I can tell how much this book affected you. I have this sitting on my bookshelf unread and you've inspired me to dust it off and read it, so thank you!

  2. Shona says:

    @ Teddyree – It did affect me in a good way and I am glad I read this book.

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