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‘You Against Me’


Book Title: You Against Me
Author: Jenny Downham
Read: 29th August (2013)

Another Jenny Downham book – Apologies! The story of this book at first seemed predictable, ‘boy meets girl’ type book, however the actual storyline was incredibly gripping. It’s a story of a girl who accuses a boy of raping her. The girl’s brother and the boy’s sister then meet and basically fall in love. I couldn’t put it down, it was such a fantastic read and I was disappointed when I realised I’d come to the end of the book and I couldn’t continue. Although fairly basic and aimed mainly at teens, it really is a great book.

My rating of this book is 4/5. Definitely a great buy for a teenager or someone who loves romance novels.


‘Before I Die’


Book Title: Before I Die
Author: Jenny Downham
Date Read: September 1st (2013)

If you’ve seen the movie ‘Now is Good’ I recommend not basing your decisions on this book around the movie. I found a completely different Tessa in the book than I did in the movie, and I was somewhat disappointed. I watched the movie only to find afterwards it was based on a book, so I decided to read it.
As I said, I was disappointed with the ‘book Tessa’ however after a while I found I actually preferred the one in the book.

There’s not much to say about the book, it’s about a girl dying of cancer who decides to stop treatment. By the end of it, you’ll feel like you want to live a life worth living. It’s a sad story, but enjoyable.

Based on the fact I found myself trying to finish the book versus wanting to finish it, I realised although I enjoyed reading the book I still thought it was a bit ‘samey’.

I give this book 4/5 and I’d recommend to anyone who loved the film ‘now is good’ and anyone who loved ‘my sisters keeper’.