||Powerfully moving, this intense, beautifully written young adult novel follows a teenager as she moves through a list of fiercely important plans before dying of leukemia. Frustrated by her body, 15-year-old Jess is determined to fall in love, have sex, and commit a crime. Stark discussions of death, love, and just about everything follow as Jess works her way to acceptance of her future. Both a 2007 Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book and a Kirkus Reviews Best Young-Adult Book.
||Tessa, a terminally ill teenaged girl, makes and carries out a list of things to do before she dies. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.
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||This intensely moving story is now available in paperback.Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, and 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 constraintsof “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, are all painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa’s time finally runs out.A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the YearA Booklist Editors’ ChoiceA Book Sense Children’s PickA Kirkus Reviews Editors’ ChoiceA Publishers Weekly Flying Start AuthorAn ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults