Tessa has just a few 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, her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa's time finally runs out.Before I Die is a brilliantly-crafted novel, heartbreaking yet astonishingly life-affirming. It will take you to the very edge.More
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So moving and inspirational
The most enjoyable thing about listening to this audiobook was the fact that the narrator used many different dialects and accents to help to portray the characters effectively.
I loved the interactions between Tessa and her family and friends. It really moved me.
I haven't listened to any of her other performances however after listening to this book I will be sure to do so.
There were many moments throughout the book that made me laugh, cry and really think and appreciate life. However I must say that the one moment that really moved me was the sequence of events just before Tessa died. The way she interacted with the ones she loved just before this point within the book was so poiniant and moving.
Overall, I feel this book is a must read. It made me laugh and cry and feel all the emotions of each character within it. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
- Kerrie Downie
Somehow not realistic...