Saturday, June 25, 2016

Review: BEFORE I DIE by Jenny Downham

Rating: 1/5 stars

Tessa has cancer. She creates a list of things to do before she dies, and her main goal before she dies is to have sex. However, she explicitly says that she doesn't want to fall in love.
What kind of world is this where having sex just to have sex, just to cross it off a list of things to do, is an acceptable and desirable action? That's despicable.

To accomplish her goal, Tessa and her friend go to a club and her friend is like, "I found two guys, let's go home with them." But then Tessa is like, "No, I changed my mind." And Tessa's friend gets mad at her and is like "Piss off," just because Tessa won't have sex with some stranger from a club. Some best friend she is.

Almost everything on Tessa's list is stupid and reckless and worthless. Why doesn't her list include things to improve her life and make it worthwhile and memorable? She's basically an idiot. Things she wants to do before she dies: sex, drugs, sex, break the law, sex, etc. and more sex. Like, really? Who thinks about sex so much when they're on their deathbed?

I thought this book was going to be heartbreaking and thought-provoking and make me appreciate my life more. But I am just so disappointed with this story. I felt nothing for Tessa. She was irritating, shallow, stupid, and just plain rude. And her "best friend" was even worse.

Also, I hated the narrator's voice on the audiobook. But even if I loved her voice, it couldn't have made me love this horrendous book.

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