The main character Tessa in the novel Before I Die by Jenny Downham has cancer and her reaction to the new's is pretty standard. If I found out the same new's I would have the same thoughts she did at first of what the world is going to be like without 'myself' in it. Thinking about all I would miss and what I wouldn’t be able to do. Instead of sitting in bed and moping about it how she seems to be, I would go out and start living with everything I'd have left. Her reaction to the new's makes sense maybe its different actually knowing you have it, but it would suck to sit in bed all day, not eating, and not doing much of anything. It seems like Tessa is more scared of the real world knowing she has cancer, she wants to be adventurous but would really rather be in bed. Tessa makes a statement to the readers when she writes on her wall, “[I] want to feel the weight of a boy on top of me.” (1) This is a start to a list she is making and wants to accomplish; it will let her feel more alive in the time she has left.She soon accomplishes this act by going out to the nightclub with her friend Zoey, and meeting task one. The guy she meets's is not her type but she trys to feel confident stating:"I've always known i'd be good at kissing. I've read all the magazines." (19) Making herself feel like its okay, and that this is what she wants to happen. I feel her actions are coming from a place in mind which wants to explore. Having the chance to be in the moment with any guy is something everyone should experience.
Sunday, 12 February 2012
Before I Die
By: Jenny Downham
Published By: David Fickling Books
Copyright 2007 By Jenny Downham
An intense read of 327 pages
I have always been an extreme reader, I love buying new books and pretending to be in someone else's world for awhile. When I picked up this book Before I Die by Jenny downham I was drawn to reading the back cover. It caught my attention right away and I made the purchase. It says this book is about a girl whos 16 years old her name is Tessa, she only has a few months left to live and there are ten things she wants to do before she dies. You wouldn't think people would be drawn to reading about death because their is usually never a happy ending, which in this case I don't think there will be. The novel celebrates what it is like to be alive by confronting what it's really like to die. I think it will be a crazy, uplifting story that puts you in the spot of feeling more alive and not taking your own life for granted.