Monday, December 9, 2013

Review: Before I Die by Jenny Downham

Title: Before I Die by Jenny Donham
Publisher: Ember
Release Date: May 26, 2009
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, Romance, Inspirational
Medium: Paperback, Bought

Before I Die was a concise, simple, realistic contemporary novel with a feeling plot centered a girl with cancer and the things she wants to do before she dies. 

The novel was simple, peaceful, and sweet, yet heartbreaking and sad at the same time. It is so very realistic, believable, and saddeningly lifelike. The themes are that of "you only live once" and "live like you're dying." Reading this novel teaches you to live life to the fullest and never have any regrets. The character in this novel knows she is dying and has a list of things she wants to do before the cancer kills her. At the top of the list is sex, and she starts out on an adventure to complete everything on the list with her friend and maybe the lonely hunk next door. The plot is riveting and it's very hard to stop reading. It hooks you in and won't let you go, and commands you to live like you are dying.

The writing is great and goes perfectly with the tone of the novel. It is perfectly natural and flows great, building tension and romance in all the right places. Instead of focussing on the bad parts of cancer, it instead brings out all the good and bits of happiness you can find in life. It also highlights the parts in normal teenage life of fighting with parents, wanting to rebel a little, all sorts of things. The writing is vibrant and descriptive with great dialogue and is very descriptive. This author has a lot of potential and this novel has the capabilities to be a classic. This novel is perfect for anyone who loves "My Sister's Keeper" and "The Fault In Our Stars." 4 stars.

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