The Book vs the Movie: Before I Die/Now Is Good


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Book written by Jenny Downham, 2007

Movie directed by Ol Parker, 2012

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Tessa has just a few 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, her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa’s time finally runs out.

BEFORE I DIE is a brilliantly-crafted novel, heartbreaking yet astonishingly life-affirming. It will take you to the very edge.


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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: Both.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 4 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 4 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: The writing style, more information, was even more depressing.

Things the Movie Did Better: The cast and acting was awesome. The setting was perfect. They did a great job with the movie–especially the TESSA all over everything scene,

Verdict?: Both.

Why?: Both were great. I recommend reading the book and watching the movie. Even though it’s been a little while since I’d read the book, the movie seems to follow it pretty closely.

Should the movie be re-made?: No way.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!



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