Liza Wiemer's Reviews > Before I Die
Before I Die
Liza Wiemer's review
Dec 11, 2011
BEFORE I DIE by Jenny Downham is a remarkable YA novel about a dying girl named Tessa. It's raw, gritty, direct, and descriptive. At first, I found it quite difficult to like Tessa. She starts out with a lot of self-destructive behavior, almost like she was trying to push the limits because of her illness, and in turn she left a wake of pain and worry, usually aimed at her father who loves her and has cared for her. Enter a remarkable young man named Adam who works through his own troubles to be a huge support and the love of Tessa's remaining short life. I started out feeling frustrated and by the last page I was in tears. This is one heck of a worthwhile read. It shows how living and dying has to be done on one's own terms. A beautiful novel. I also highly recommend Jenny Downham's second novel, YOU AGAINST ME.
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December 10, 2011 – Finished Reading
December 11, 2011 – Shelved