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  • Dealing frankly with teenage life, Before I Die will be the year's most talked-about novel . . . Novels for young teenagers do not usually feature drugs and casual sex within the first 20-odd pages. But most books for teenagers will not leave an adult reader's eyes so blurry with tears that it's hard to see the final chapters. Jenny Downham's extraordinary first novel does both

    The Sunday Times
  • Downham's prose is brave and bare, her characters relentlessly realistic

    Dinah Hall, Sunday Telegraph
  • Destined to drive hundreds of thousands of readers to tears and to swift injunctions to all their friends to read it

    Observer
  • A novel that won't fail to touch those who read it, and despite the melancholy subject matter it manages to be hugely life-affirming. A book that will make you happy to be alive. 5 stars

    Jo Hoare, Heat
  • A work of great humanity and profound empathy. I defy anyone not to cry reading this book

    Daily Express

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