Before I Die by Jenny DownhamThe story of Tessa, a young teenage girl who has only months to live ... a brilliantly crafted novel, heartbreaking yet life-affirming.
Tessa has just 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, and her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallised in the precious weeks before Tessa’s time finally runs out.
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The Fault in Our Stars has become something of a phenomenon, a staggeringly popular YA book that has spawned a high-profile movie out this weekend and somehow created a nation where young people are now familiar with the word cannula. This is not to knock TFIOS in any way, but merely to acknowledge that it is part of an expansive tradition of terminally ill-teenager YA novels. There are a ton of these books, and I read them all. Or just about. I must have read dying-teen books. This is why I read many of these books multiple times.
This teenage cancer book tells a moving story about a young girl who refuses to give up in the fight against cancer. To avoid looking like someone who is ill, she does everything possible: buys a wig, attends class, tries with all her might to live a normal teenage life. Mette learns how to turn adversity into strength, and daring to believe in the future once again, she comes out the other side to rediscover fulfillment and a rich life. Born in , Mette is a successful author and speaker based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She lives with an internal prosthesis in her leg and continues to go for regular checkups. Open, sincere and packed with insight into the emotional challenges a cancer diagnosis has on this teenage girls psyche, we are transported from her diagnosis, through the rigors of treatment and surgery to a successful but life adjusted survival pathway.
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Hazel is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she subsequently meets and falls in love with year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. Hazel's character is inspired by Esther Earl, a girl who died at age 16 from thyroid cancer. Green and Earl met at a Harry Potter convention in , and remained good friends throughout her life. Earl supported his wish to write the book. Hazel Grace Lancaster, a year-old with thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs, attends a cancer patient support group at her mother's behest.