Saturday, September 25, 2010
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
Tessa does make a list of things she wants to do before she dies, but they consist of most of the things you would think a typical teenager would put on such a list like "Have Sex" and "Try Drugs". She also steals her dad's car one day to experience driving. I think she just wants to "be bad" and hey it is okay because she is dying anyway right?
She has a friend who enables her in indulging her "wild side". And sometimes she finds these things she thought would make her feel alive leave her feeling just a little bit empty.
She does end up falling in love which is sweet and it was interesting to see the thoughts of a teenage girl facing death, but overall I was not a big fan of the book. The end was pretty sad and I felt like her character really didn't grow that much over the course of the story.
It was an interesting book, but also really weird in a Catcher in the Rye type of way, and also pretty depressing.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars.