Friday, October 26, 2007

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

Tessa is sixteen and has leukemia. She's been given a few months to live and decides to make a list of ten things she wants to do before she dies. Have sex, learn to drive, say yes to everything for a day are some must-do's. Tessa lives with her father (who attempts to keep her alive with alternative medicine) and her younger brother, Cal. Her mother left the family a few years ago and is distant with Tessa, never telling her that she loves her and not really knowing a lot about Tessa's condition. The rest of Tessa's support system is her reckless best friend, Zoey, and the new boy next door, Adam, who has suffered a loss of his own. The reader follows Tessa on her journey to really live before losing her life. Before I Die is a memorable young adult novel full of sorrow, humor, and love. I really enjoyed it.

1 comment:

tn said...

one hundred years ago I read a book called Griffin Loves Phoenix or something like that -- two people with cancer who decided to do all the things they were afraid to do before.

The thing is, every day is a gift. Life every moment.