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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,281 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jenny Downham Narrator: Charlotte Parry Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For the many readers who love The Fault in Our Stars, this is the story of a girl who is determined to live, love, and to write her own ending before her time is finally up.

Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It’s her “To Do Before I Die” list. And number one is sex. Released from the constraints of “normal” life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Tessa’s feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa’s time finally runs out.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The eloquent dying teen can seem a staple of the YA novel, but this British debut completely breaks the mold. Downham holds nothing back in her wrenching and exceptionally vibrant story.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Lucid language makes a painful journey bearable, beautiful, and transcendent.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ryan | 2/19/2014

    " really great vocab and metaphors "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lucia Gutierrez | 2/13/2014

    " I truly love this book. This is the story of a young teen girl who is dieing little by little. She decides that she will make a list, a list that she will accomplish to do before she died. In her list she did not put fall in love but she did. She falls in love with a boy this motivates her to live. She now has a reason to live for. In the end she dies but having accomplished everything she wanted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 7703ona | 2/9/2014

    " This book was definitely not my favorite. It was okay. This realistic-fiction book is good for a reader who is looking for a laid-back, easy read. This is a story about a 16-year-old girl with lung cancer who creates a bucket list and sets out to fulfill the things on the list she wants to do. I didn't particularly like this book because it was not challenging enough for me. This is a fifth or sixth grade level book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Barlow | 1/25/2014

    " I enjoyed this book once it got going. For 2 thirds of it I flitted between wanting to slap her face and wanting to give her a hug. I wouldn't wish cancer on my worst enemy, what she's going through is so cruel and so terrible I found it hard not to feel awful for her but boy is she a brat! I have teen daughters and they can push you right to your limits but oh my God her poor dad!! What a wonderful, strong, patient man. Thankfully I've never been in a situation like this so I don't know how I or my family would cope with any of us being so sick. This book was very real and not at all sugar coated, it made me count my blessings. I sort of grew to love Tessa and understand her as the book went on. I'm just glad she met Adam at all even though they didn't have much time. Not a feel good story but all in all, a good book. "

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