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Before I Die by Jenny Downham
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May 02, 2011

really liked it
Recommended to Michael by: Carmel Fauth

Before I Die was an unusual read in that right from the start you know what the outcome will be at the end with the main character dieing. Despite this the book was far from depressing, sure there are bits of it were it gets very sad that not even a being from another planet would not cry uncontrollably but for the most part i found it uplifting. The story goes of sixteen year old Tessa who has Leukemia and has only months to live. Tessa makes a list of things she wants to do before she leaves this world the first to have sex. With the help of her friend Zoey she goes through the list.

Many of the antics of Tessa and Zoey are hilarious as there youth takes over going through the list. Tessa shows throughout her last few months that fun and love make life worth living much so when she unexpectedly falls in love with neighbour Adam. Despite her doubts as to how he could love someone in her condition his love is real and stays with her till the end. Her family try to make Tessa life comfortable at the end Tessa adknowleding the sacrafices her parents and her little brother Cal made for her during her final years.

Like a said earlier this books gets very emotional at the end. Id advise not to read the ending on a bus or anywhere else in public as you will cry alot. This book has it all, happiness, sadness, love the power of friendship and family. Before I Die is an excellent read at times funny at times heartbreaking but in the end will leave you exausted from sheer honesty.
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Reading Progress

May 2, 2011 – Shelved
November 3, 2011 – Started Reading
November 3, 2011 –
page 41
November 4, 2011 –
page 65
November 4, 2011 –
page 106
November 6, 2011 –
page 214
November 6, 2011 –
page 286
November 7, 2011 – Finished Reading

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Carmel Yeah it's a winner hey Michael!! Glad you liked it!!

Michael Thank you Carmel for recommending it to me. :)

Carmel It's a bit of a rollercoaster worth taking I think!!

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