Now is Good

Now is Good Tessa has just a few months to live Fighting back against hospital visits endless tests and drugs with excruciating side effects Tessa compiles a list It s her Before I Die list And number one is se

  • Title: Now is Good
  • Author: Jenny Downham
  • ISBN: 9781849921381
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tessa has just a few months to live.Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests and drugs with excruciating side effects, Tessa compiles a list It s her Before I Die list And number one is sex Starting tonight.Released from the constraints of normal life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up Her feelTessa has just a few months to live.Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests and drugs with excruciating side effects, Tessa compiles a list It s her Before I Die list And number one is sex Starting tonight.Released from the constraints of normal life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up Her feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and the powerful, bittersweet first love she finds with the boy next door all are painfully yet beautifully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa s time finally runs out.

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  • Jenny Downham

    Jenny Downham born 1964 is a British novelist and an ex actor In her first book, Before I Die, the fictional account of the last few months of a sixteen year old girl who has been dying of leukemia for 4 years The book is told in the first person The book was acclaimed and was short listed for the 2007 Guardian Award and the 2008 Lancashire Children s Book of the Year, nominated for the 2008 Carnegie Medal and the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize, and won the 2008 Branford Boase Award.

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  • This book about broke my heart. It's not as if I didn't know how it would end - the title says it all, but I didn't expect to be touched by the story to such a degree.The premise of Before I Die is quite simple - Tessa is 16 and dying of leukemia. She knows that she has only a few months to live and struggles to come to terms with her fate. Trying to make the best of the time she has left, Tessa comes up with a list of things she would like to experience before she dies. Some items on the list a [...]


  • This review can be found at ReadingAfterMidnightI don't really know what to say about this book. I didn't like it that much, but I didn't hate it eitherThe bad:For the most part of the story I didn't really care about Tessa, about her illness and her strange wishes (as I never got attached to her). I understand the desire to have a boyfriend, to be kissed and have sex, probably at her age this would be an important part of her life, but the other 'wishes' were kind of stupid and not the ones tha [...]


  • Onvan : Before I Die - Nevisande : Jenny Downham - ISBN : 385613466 - ISBN13 : 9780385613460 - Dar 336 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2007


  • I started this book wondering, "Why am I reading this?" and I ended it wondering, "Why did I read this?" But my two reasons for thinking these things were very different.In the beginning, I felt like this book would be a repetition of "Skinny," a massive disappointment in which the author was enamored with the idea of a sick, frail, floundering heroine. The heroine in this book started out looking more or less the same: "I'm sick, I'm gonna die, the world sucks, so leave me alone."Tessa begins t [...]


  • I feel like a jerk for not giving this story more stars. I mean, it's a book about a sixteen year old girl trying to live life to the fullest before dying of cancer. I keep thinking only a heartless baby-eating monster would give this book less then four stars. Well, I suppose I am that monster, minus the whole baby-eating thing.It's not like the premise failed to pull at my heartstrings--as I read this book I genuinely felt for the girl. And it's not like the author went out of her way to manip [...]


  • We know three pages into “Before I Die” that sixteen-year-old Tessa won’t survive her leukemia--and that there’s plenty she still wants from life. So she makes a list and vows to do everything on it before she dies.Like most teenagers, Tessa is at odds with her parents and angsty about how life’s shortchanged her. At first her ranting and left-field demands seem too adolescent. Isn’t the looming presence of death supposed to mature her beyond her years?But that’s precisely the kind [...]


  • Actual rating: 3.5 starsTessa's been battling leukemia since the age of twelve. But now, when Tessa is sixteen, the doctors have told her that further treatment is futile and that there isn't much more they can do.Realizing that she'll not be able to do all of the things that normal girls get to, she makes a list of ten things she wants to do before she dies. This list includes everything from sex to driving her father's car without a licence. And even as the novel rushes toward its inevitably s [...]


  • I am very appreciative of my public library withdrawing books from their collection and selling them for 20c! It was on my TBR too, so even better.This was a very sweet story, well written and a sincere rendition involving a sixteen year old girls' end of life. The author captured the angst and wistfulness of Tessa, who ambitiously sets herself a list of things to achieve before she dies. Family relationships, sex, love and a little bit of recklessness, a best friend and an estranged mum all com [...]


  • Tessa has been treated for leukemia for the past four years. Now, since her treatment options have been exhausted, she is spending her last few months completing a list of things she wants to do before she dies. The list includes some predictable items (breaking a few laws, driving, having sex) and a few curveballs (experiencing love, getting her parents back together) but most of the book is dedicated to Tessa’s experiences as she attempts to finish her list and come to terms with her death. [...]


  • This is a morbid little story. Beautiful, but morbid. I can't help thinking that the author demands instant literary kudos simply by dealing with the uncomfortable subject of teenage death. Unfortunately, I don't think the novel quite deserves that kudos. It provides no great profundity and, though poignant, I can't help but think it compares poorly to the 2003 movie, My Life Without Me.For a start, the central character, Tessa is hard to like. There's a prickly sullenness about her that is part [...]


  • This one snuck up on me. I thought that I was reading just a sweet inspirational tale about a dying girl, and the next thing I know I'm sobbing in a Chinese restaurant on 8th Avenue.The review that inspired me to pick this one up, said that the only thing wrong with this book was that the publisher decided to market it as "young-adult", so it may never get the readership it deserves.It was reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks', A Walk to Remember, but with much more of an edge. The girl in this novel [...]


  • Così reale da farti male. Malissimo.Mio padre è morto a mezzanotte del 1 Febbraio 2016.Tumore al polmone destro, con metastasi surrenali e cerebrali. Negli ultimi mesi si è esteso alla pelle e alle ossa. Ci ha messo otto mesi per divorarlo, neanche un anno.Non avrei dovuto acquistare questo libro.Non avrei dovuto vedere il film, qualche settimana fa.Non avrei dovuto leggere questo libro.Perché l'ho vissuto, e anche noi non siamo riusciti a salvare papà. E' da troppo tempo che sto male, la m [...]


  • “I love you. I love you. I send this message through my fingers and into his, up his arm and into his heart. Hear me. I love you. And I'm sorry to leave you.”Rated: 4.5first read in August 11th 2009 (rated four stars)wow. such a long time ago.How did I not see the gorgeousness that is this book the first time around?-----------------“I want to die in my own way. It's my illness, my death, my choice. This is what saying yes means.” “when I was four I almost fell down the shaft of a tin [...]


  • La muerte. Que conjunto de palabras tan pequeño, pero tan inquietante. He estado pensando bastante en ella, ¿saben?, y he llegado a una conclusión: Podemos observarla de manera objetiva siempre y cuando no nos afecte a nosotros o a alguien que nos importa. Sin embargo, cuando toca a nuestra puerta, todo es distinto; la observamos subjetivamente y le atribuimos el pesar que le corresponde dadas nuestras experiencias, nuestras memorias, y nuestros momentos. No obstante, al final de cuentas la m [...]


  • “Keep breathing. Just keep doing it. It's easy. In and out.”Το Before I Die είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο της Βρετανίδας συγγραφέας Jenny Downham. Αν και το έχω αρκετό καιρό να με περιμένει στα ράφια μου ήμουν πάντα αρκετά φοβισμένη να το διαβάσω. Όταν ξέρεις από την αρχή πως η ιστορία σου δεν είναι ευχάριστη, δεν έχει h [...]


  • I cannot believe this was the author's debut book. WARNING- I cried from 2% all the way to 95%. I didn't cry at the very end. How screwed up am I? I cried not because Tessa was dying but because she was so well loved. The numerous acts of unselfish (and some selfish) raw love made my heart break apart.I promise you the dying in this book is not the story. It's about how to finally live when you have an expiration date.


  • Beautiful. I always said that there must be better books out there than The Fault in Our Stars by John Green when tackling teenage cancer in a novel. And there was. I have just read it. Tessa is a young teenager and she's being ravaged by Leukemia, she has battled it for years of her young life and now things are not going so well. The sand in the timer is falling faster.I've been ill for so long, puffed up and sick, with patchy skin, flaky fingernails, disappearing hair and a feeling of nausea [...]


  • While it started out rather slowly, about halfway through, it definitely picked up.I feel like it could have been so much more though. It could have been something absolutely phenomenal and some parts just fell a bit short. But I will say this, I definitely cried.


  • I read about half of Before I Die before I realized that I just couldn't be bothered anymore. I picked up Before I Die with huge hopes and expectations. I had just finished reading Jenny Downham's You Against Me which was utterly brilliant but Before I Die simply didn't do it for me. Sixteen-year-old Tessa doesn't have a very long time left to live. Suffering from leukemia, Tessa decides to make a list of things she wants to do before she dies. On this list is everything from sex, to drugs, to d [...]


  • Tessa was diagnosed with terminal leukemia at the age of twelve. Her friends and friends of her family sent her gifts and get well soon cards, probably expecting her to get better after a few treatments and maybe some radiation chemotherapy. Four years later, at age sixteen, Tessa knows she is going to die in just a few months. Not wanting to live the rest of her life in bed doing nothing, Tessa compiles a list of things she wants to do before she dies. The objectives on the list are racy and me [...]


  • If you need a reminder of all that's important in this world, then you should read this novel. Even if you don't think so. The title says it all. Narrated by a Tessa, a girl who is dying of cancer, Before I Die gives a realistic portrait of what she wants to accomplish in the little time left to her.Now please don't think I'm sexist when I say this, but 99% of the women I know make lists. It's something I admire about them. Lists—it's a girl thing.Tessa, makes lists. Lists of things she wants [...]


  • Books where people die are very hard for me to read about. But those are also the ones that touch me the most. Tessa has cancer. She has been fighting cancer for the past 4 years, and now only has months to live. She wants to make the most of the time she has, and so she makes a "Before I Die" list, a list of all the things she wants to do before she dies. What would you do? I for one, would probably want to spend all my time with loved ones, although I don’t think you can assume what a person [...]


  • I have just finnished this book and I write this review through tears. In the day it took me to read I have laughed, cried, felt uplifted and humbled. This is the story of 16 year old Tessa who is dying of terminal cancer. In her last months she makes a list of 10 things she wants to do before she dies (this includes falling in love and saying yes to everything for one whole day). Tessa goes through a range of emotions including anger (why her?) but the overriding feeling I got from her was an a [...]


  • Before I Die was so freaking good! Even though you know beforehand that the MC is going to die, you still wont be prepared for it. Nope, you wont. It's kind of like Me Before You or A Walk to Remeber because you will still end up shedding some tears after finishing the book. Maybe even before you do. Just know, that this book WILL MAKE YOU CRY.This is my first book by Jenny Downham and I'm officially hooked. It was very hard to put this book down and go on with my real life. If I could stay in m [...]


  • Cuando escogí este libro antes de irme de viaje pensé que esto sería otra historia sentimental con una chica que esta muriendo que tiene una lista de cosas por hacer antes de morir y en eso se enamora y ve una hermosa puesta de sol justo antes de morirse. Un libro sobre no tener miedo, nunca cuestionar o estar enojado con la vida o como te ha tratado. Lo que encontré fue un personaje fuerte, una chica que a veces es atrevida, que de verdad quiere vivir la vida plenamente, mientras que todav [...]


  • I read this in a day - I couldn't put it down. The story is told from the viewpoint of a 16 year old girl, Tessa, who has terminal leukemia. She has months to live and has made a list of things she wants to do before she dies.The book is beautifully written, and brings about a number of emotions. The characters are well established (Tessa's father particularly) and this makes the story realistic and believable. It's interesting to learn about the relationships between the characters - you'd imag [...]


  • I'd heard a little about this book when I started reading it. Not much, but mostly good things. But when I started it, I had no clue what I was in for.The title makes it clear that the book is about death. Tessa, at sixteen, is about to die. But the book is about so much more than that. It's really about living. Tessa makes a list of 10 things she wants to do before she dies. Each one leads to different, varying consiquences, but they all help her live, just a little.This book is beautiful and g [...]


  • 5 *Before I* starsvodili smo ljubav dvadeset sedam puta i delili postelju šezdeset dve noći a to je mnogo ljubavi we made love twenty-seven times and we shared a bed for sixty-two nights and that’s a lot of love "Zahvalan sam ti.""Na čemu?""Što nisi uzmakao.Većina momaka bi već odavno pobegla.""Volim je.""I’m grateful to you.""For what?""For not backing off. Most lads would’ve run a mile by now.""I love her." Bye-Bye! from Serbia :)


  • I really didn't like this book. It started off okay, but it just got worse and worse. Tessa has cancer, and is dying. She has a list of things she wants to do before she dies. The list is things like sex, drugs, say yes to everything for a whole day, get famous, nonsense stuff. Then she falls in love with the boy next door. Her list turns into things like hold my brother, kiss my love, have a cup of tea, little things like that. This book could have been really great, if it wasn't for all of the [...]


  • Reviewed by Julie M. Prince for TeensReadTooI devoured this book in two days. It called to me. Beckoned me across the room and begged me to pick it up and finish what I'd started. If I hadn't needed to eat and sleep, I'd have finished it in mere hours. It was that vital to keep going. Tessa Scott keeps going, too. She keeps writing on the wall and adding to the list of things she wants to do before she dies. Tess's life is being driven from her by leukemia before she herself can even drive a car [...]


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