Jenny Downham

Jenny Downham

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The United Kingdom


Raymond Carver

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Jenny Downham (born 1964) is a British novelist and an ex-actor. In her first book, Before I Die, the fictional account of the last few months of a sixteen-year-old girl who has been dying of leukemia for 4 years. The book is told in the first person. The book was acclaimed and was short-listed for the 2007 Guardian Award and the 2008 Lancashire Children's Book of the Year, nominated for the 2008 Carnegie Medal and the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize, and won the 2008 Branford Boase Award.

Average rating: 3.84 · 39,620 ratings · 4,027 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
Before I Die
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 31,029 ratings — published 2007 — 76 editions
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You Against Me
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 10,762 ratings — published 2010 — 36 editions
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Now Is Good
4.8 of 5 stars 4.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2007
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“I wish I had a boyfriend. I wish he lived in the wardrobe on a coat hanger. Whenever I wanted, I could get him out and he'd look at me the way boys do in films, as if I'm beautiful.”
Jenny Downham, Before I Die
tags: love

“I love you. It hurts more than anything ever has, but I do. So don't you dare tell me I don't. Don't you ever say it again!”
Jenny Downham, Before I Die

“I love you. I love you. I send this message through my fingers and into his, up his arm and into his heart. Hear me. I love you. And I'm sorry to leave you.”
Jenny Downham, Before I Die



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