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Before I Die by Jenny Downham
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Apr 08, 2008

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This was a fairly good read but I think would probably impressed a younger reader more, although the cover does recommend it for adults too. It follows the last few months of the life of 16 year old Tess who has terminal leukaemia and a long list of things she wants to experience before she dies. It is well written and you do find yourself drawn into caring about what happens to her although the ending is pretty obvious. A couple of plot twists but they are predicable. The chapters following her final few days are written with realism though and it does make you think about your own life and what comes next....

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