Before I Die
Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her Ten Things 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.
I don't really know what to say about this book. I didn't like it that much, but I didn't hate it either..
For the most part of the story I didn't really care about Tessa, about her illness and her strange wishes (as I never got attached to her). I understand the desire to have a boyfriend, to be kissed and have sex, probably at her age this would be an important part of her life, but the other 'wishes' were kind of stupid and not the o...more
Tessa's been battling leukemia since the age of twelve. But now, when Tessa is sixteen, the doctors have told her that further treatment is futile and that there isn't much more they can do.
Realizing that she'll not be able to do all of the things that normal girls get to, she makes a list of ten things she wants to do before she dies. This list includes everything from sex to driving her father's car without a licence. And even as the novel rushes toward its inevitably s...more
In the beginning, I felt like this book would be a repetition of "Skinny," a massive disappointment in which the author was enamored with the idea of a sick, frail, floundering heroine. The heroine in this book started out looking more or less the same: "I'm sick, I'm gonna die, the world sucks, so leave me alone."
The premise of Before I Die is quite simple - Tessa is 16 and dying of leukemia. She knows that she has only a few months to live and struggles to come to terms with her fate. Trying to make the best of the time she has left, Tessa comes up with a list of things she would like to experience before she dies. Some items on the list a...more
I devoured this book in two days. It called to me. Beckoned me across the room and begged me to pick it up and finish what I'd started. If I hadn't needed to eat and sleep, I'd have finished it in mere hours. It was that vital to keep going.
Tessa Scott keeps going, too. She keeps writing on the wall and adding to the list of things she wants to do before she dies. Tess's life is being driven from her by leukemia before she herself can even drive a...more
P.S. Be careful where you read this book, you are going to cry!!
Tessa has cancer. She has been fighting cancer for the past 4 years, and now only has months to live. She wants to make the most of the time she has, and so she makes a "Before I Die" list, a list of all the things she wants to do before she dies.
What would you do? I for one, would probably want to spend all my time with loved ones, although I don’t think you can assume what a person w...more
“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.”
first read in August 11th 2009 (rated four stars)
wow. such a long time ago.
How did I not see the gorgeousness that is this book the first time around?
“I want to die in my own way. It's my illness, my death, my choice. This is what saying yes means.”...more
“when I was four I almost fell down the shaft of a tin mine and w
Like most teenagers, Tessa is at odds with her parents and angsty about how life’s shortchanged her. At first her ranting and left-field demands seem too adolescent. Isn’t the looming presence of death supposed to mature her beyond her years?
But that’s precisely the kind of “dying-you...more
The book is beautifully written, and brings about a number of emotions. The characters are well established (Tessa's father particularly) and this makes the story realistic and believable. It's interesting to learn about the relationships between the characters - you'd imag...more
This is the story of 16 year old Tessa who is dying of terminal cancer. In her last months she makes a list of 10 things she wants to do before she dies (this includes falling in love and saying yes to everything for one whole day). Tessa goes through a range of emotions including anger (why her?) but the overriding feeling I got from her was an a...more
Now please don't think I'm sexist when I say this, but 99% of the women I know make lists. It's something I admire about them. Lists—it's a girl thing.
Tessa, makes lists. Lists of things she wants to...more
The review that inspired me to pick this one up, said that the only thing wrong with this book was that the publisher decided to market it as "young-adult", so it may never get the readership it deserves.
It was reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks', A Walk to Remember, but with much more of an edge. The girl in this novel...more
I just can’t put into words how powerful and touching is this book. This story is heartbreakin, even painful – mainly in the end. It makes us think and wonder on the value of things and life, how unfair life may be.
This book contains a little bit of everything and it’s precious.
Yes, this isn't properly a happy story, it...more
As in painful. I think I'm turning into a masochist. I can't keep away from heart-breaking books.
It's hard to read something about death, so damned hard. It made me think: if I was Tessa, how would have I felt?
Imagine this: four years of fight against a disease, with a probability that you're going to die at the end.
You're too young, only sixteen, but your life is slipping away from your fingertips. You're dying. Your dreams, your wishes are all worthless. You'll never...more
I haven't got much to say but yeah, it's depressing.
Sixteen-year-old Tessa doesn't have a very long time left to live. Suffering from leukemia, Tessa decides to make a list of things she wants to do before she dies. On this list is everything from sex, to drugs, to d...more
Tessa only has a few months left to live. She’s tired of the constant hospital visits, tests, and drugs that seem to do more harm to her body than good; she decides to make a list. The list is a list of things to do before she dies. She calls it “To Do Before I Die”. The first thing she wants is sex. So her best friend Zoey takes her out. As Tessa starts to complete new things on the list she starts to feel alive again. As Tessa makes a new relationship with h...more
Tessa Scott has a list. She has a list of ten things to do before she dies.
When Tessa was 12, she was diagnosed with cancer. Now at the age of 16 she wants to live through all the things she wants to do before she dies.
Number 1: Sex
While I was reading this I thought, 'Oh here we go...more
This is a story about a life. A beautiful life that has been taken by leukemia. Jenny Downham does a fabulous job taking us through Tessa's 'list' of things she wants to do before she dies. Throughout the book more things get added to the original list, some things get changed or removed.
Tessa's story wa...more
The story takes place all around a small town in Great Britain. The way Tessa sees her situation, she has two choices: “stay wrapped in bl...more
For a start, the central character, Tessa is hard to like. There's a prickly sullenness about her that is part...more
This one is an awful idea; the wishes of a dying teen. I want to take Downham gently by the hand and show her the maggnificent Nothing Sacred, a dazzling comedy about a girl who pretends to be dying of cancer and is embraced by new York in an orgy of sentimentality. Eventually she has to fess up, but not until she'd had a lot of free lunches.
Other reviewers loved the idea of a dying girl with such 'umble aspirat...more
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