Saturday, June 27, 2009

Before I Die by Jenny Downham


Characters: 18/20
Plot: 16/20
Originality: 17/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 18/20
Overall: 87/100 or B
Everyone has a time to die and that is common knowledge. Some people just die a bit earlier. This is the case for sixteen year old, Tessa Scott. Tessa has been living with leukaemia for four years. She has been fighting back againist hospital treatment and medicine. She decides to make a list, ten things that she wants to do before dying. Tessa finds that her list isn't excaltly what she needed or really wanted. Tessa finds more comfort in her family, her best friend Zoey, and a new boy that she likes Adam. She finds that unexpected things are more important.
This book makes you think of life and the importance of it. I read it at a really dark part of my life. Tessa was relatable, since at that point I was getting medical treatments twice a week and felt as thought I might die. Zoey wasn't as lively and strong as I though she would be. Adam was sweet and very nice. The plot was pretty good and understandable for how sick she was. It was original, because not many books take sickness on like this. The writing was amazing. Eveything was well written. It was very describive. I reccomend this book.


  1. Yeah I am reading this book for my summer reading book and i can relate to this very well, because i get migrane headaces every day and it fells lke i am going to DIE!!!!????....

  2. Well yeah i cry every time i read this book???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  3. i love this book it so emotional it makes u cry n lauf its brill i think it should be made as a film thanks x
    alexandra campbell s.yorkshire

  4. I read this book and now im doing a book report it should be made as a movie.A two hour movie.

  5. I read this book and cryed all the way though it!! it is so emotional and sad but also so up-lifting. After reading this i feel that u shouldnt take life for granted.


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