Now is Good
Written by Jenny Downham
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This is a haunting yet truly amazing read, winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008 as the title Before I Die, has now been made into a film called 'Now is Good' hence the title change for this film tie-in edition. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would you want to do? Imagine this from a teenage perspective when you have done so little. Imagine the effects of this on your friends and family. Even with the very bleak storyline this book is incredibly life-affirming.
Now is Good by Jenny Downham
Here is the official UK trailer for 'Now is Good'. No stranger now to films-of-the-book, star Jeremy Irvine was also in the recent 'War Horse' together with Dakota Fanning:
Tessa has just a few months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests and drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her Before I Die list. And number one is sex. Starting tonight. Released from the constraints of 'normal' life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Her feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and the powerful, bittersweet first love she finds with the boy next door - all are painfully yet beautifully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa's time finally runs out.
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“Before I Die (film version is called Now is Good) is a truly remarkable book, and one that shows that as well as being able to pick authors of startling and undeniable talent, David Fickling has lost none of the enormous tact and skill that makes him such a fine editor. I very much look forward to seeing what Jenny Downham goes on to write next – as well, of course, as seeing what David Fickling discovers!” - Philip Pullman
'A book that will make you happy to be alive' - Heat
'Extraordinary' - Sunday Times
'Destined to drive hundreds of thousands of readers to tears and to swift injunctions to all their friends to read it' - Observer
'A work of great humanity and profound empathy' - Daily Express
'I don’t care how old you are. This book will not leave you' - New York Times
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David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
30th August 2012
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