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Before I Die

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

24 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

Humbling

I just read this book and am in complete awe of the author's talent. I saw this book in the bookstore and was intrigued by the title and it's placing in the young adult section. I started thinking; is this really written from the perspective of a dying person, a dying y...
I just read this book and am in complete awe of the author's talent. I saw this book in the bookstore and was intrigued by the title and it's placing in the young adult section. I started thinking; is this really written from the perspective of a dying person, a dying young person? I picked it up and read the first few sentences for the blurb (I don't like to know too much about a novel before I read it) and it confirmed my initial suspicion. I simply had to read it.
Downham is amazing. She has a beautiful, lyrical voice that cuts to the heart of the matter. It's heartfelt without being melodramatic. As I was reading I was laughing, crying, and laughing again. Even though it's a tough subject matter, it's an incredibly uplifting book. A book that makes you feel more alive than you ever have, a book that makes you reflect on your life and the purpose of it. Having read the book, I am feeling full of optimism about tomorrow, about the promise that it holds and the things I want to achieve. I cannot emphasise enough how great this book is. If you're looking for a read that will shake you from the complacency of life and make you take stock, make you feel, and make you want to bow down in awe at someone's talent, then Before I Die by Jenny Downham is a must read.

posted by 148617 on November 25, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

Didn't Even Finish It...

Like the title says I didn't finish it. I don't know...I just couln't finish it...
Maybe it's the fact that the number 1 thing to do on her list is well...I'd rather not say...
I got to the part were her and her friend go to a bar and meet some guys and go back to t...
Like the title says I didn't finish it. I don't know...I just couln't finish it...
Maybe it's the fact that the number 1 thing to do on her list is well...I'd rather not say...
I got to the part were her and her friend go to a bar and meet some guys and go back to their house and well lets just say that it gives you a good image of what's going on...
It's not for anyone under 14!!!
My cuz got this book and she keeped laughing ever 2 senteces...
She's 13...
It's not the the best book I've ever read. (I didn't even finish it! I know I've said that a million times!!!)
If you want a good book look at the books I've recommended, those are good books.

posted by J.R._BookWorm on March 4, 2009

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

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    Didn't Even Finish It...

    Like the title says I didn't finish it. I don't know...I just couln't finish it...
    Maybe it's the fact that the number 1 thing to do on her list is well...I'd rather not say...
    I got to the part were her and her friend go to a bar and meet some guys and go back to their house and well lets just say that it gives you a good image of what's going on...
    It's not for anyone under 14!!!
    My cuz got this book and she keeped laughing ever 2 senteces...
    She's 13...
    It's not the the best book I've ever read. (I didn't even finish it! I know I've said that a million times!!!)
    If you want a good book look at the books I've recommended, those are good books.

    8 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Did not finish

    By far, not the best book I have ever read, or tried to read. Depressing, she just doesn't want to help herself. Perhaps I am not in the right position in my life to connect with this book. Could not identify. Quit reading to read something else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Dont even bother with this book!

    I could not finish this book, i really liked the idea of doing all theese things before she dies but it was the most horrid book i have ever read. She is a wipe out a prick and a dolt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2011

    Not worth buying

    I thought that this book might be enjoyable and fun to read, but it was really boring to read. I did not even finish reading the book. This book is not worth reading.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    sad

    omg can't stand books like this if u enjoy dieing and crying then waste your money on this

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    boring

    it was slow and there was no character development. i didnt like the characters. the main character sounded dumb and desperate and i felt bad for her dad, who she treats terribly. she knows he is trying to help but she makes that sound like a bad thing. i was only able to finish half of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2009

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    Gag Me.

    You Know When Your Trying To Decide Between 2 Books And You End Up Getting The One With The Better Reviews?. Sadly, That Was The Case When I Bought This Book. I Say Sadly Because Shortly After Reading THIS Book I Bought The Other Book And It Was MUCH Better Than This. This Book Was EXTREMELY Dissapointing, I Got It Thinking It Would Be Good But It Was Just Stupid And Superficial. Do NOT Waste Your Money On This Book, If You Really Want To Buy It Just Buy It On One Of Those Used Websites So At Least Your Not Paying 10 Bucks For It.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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