Sunday, 14 October 2012

Book Review: Before I Die - Jenny Downham

Synopsis - When you're 16 and time is running out, there's an awful lot of living to do...

Review - Wow, what a powerful novel.  Although aimed at YA it is a read for everyone.  How can one so young come to terms with their mortality and what do you write on your list of things to do.  'Bucket' lists are in fashion for the living and dying.  The difference being that if you are on a short life sentence then you can pretty much put anything on that list and follow it through!

How does a parent cope or come to terms with losing a child?  The worry and fear that the child will make themselves worse, shorten their time on earth.  The strain of being a carer, the fear of afterwards etc.  What about the friends and siblings?  Youngsters themselves, how do they deal with this.  Run away and hide, not be there for the sufferer, pretend it isn't happening and carry on as normal?  This book will make you smile, it will make you weep, laugh, cry.  Keep the box of tissues to hand.  4*

ISBN: 978-0-552-77462-8

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