Interview: Jenny Downham, Author of Furious Things – FFBC Tours

After a spotlight a few days ago, I’m excited to host this Q&A with the author of Furious Thing. Jenny Downham answers a few questions in today’s post about her writing and her newly released YA Contemporary novel. This book is published by David Fickling Books and this Q&A is part of her Blog Tour hosted by FFBC Tour. […]

Furious Thing Review

Alexandra has always been told that her anger is her biggest problem when really, it might be her greatest gift. Fifteen-year-old Alexandra is furious all the time. Everyone notices when she’s mad at her mother’s fiance, John, who makes everyone in her family miserable. But most of all, she’s mad at herself and her inability […]

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham review – a family mystery

Three generations of women confront difficult situations in this rich, complex and thoughtful novel In this long, thoughtful novel, Jenny Downham presents the archetypal trio of maiden, mother and crone in a very modern situation. Before the book begins, Katie, the teenage heroine, has impulsively kissed her best friend, Esme. Now she faces difficult questions […]

How Mum’s dementia changed our relationship

My mother opened her front door a crack and peered at me suspiciously. “What?” she asked. “Entertainment’s arrived,” I said, smiling. Her mistrust turned to delight. “A sing-song?” She chivvied me in. “No one told me you were coming.” She had been told. Many times. But vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease had recently robbed her of the ability to retain […]

Before I Die by Jenny Downham – Review

‘If you’re planning on reading this book, make sure you have a box of tissues with you, because, trust me, you will need them’ Before I Die is about Tessa Walker, a sixteen year old girl who’s dying from leukaemia. She’s made up a list – ten things she wants to do before she dies. […]

Divided by Date Rape – You Against Me NY Times Review

In the classic star-crossed romance, a crime forces a choice between youthful passion and family loyalty. For Romeo and Juliet, it’s the murder of Mercutio; for Tony and Maria, it’s the knife fight between Sharks and Jets. This is how tentative adolescent love turns into high drama. Parents don’t object to boyfriends or girlfriends for […]

An Interview With Jenny Downham

Jenny Downham’s first novel plainly announces its theme in its title: “Before I Die.” The narrator, 16-year-old Tessa, has recently learned that the leukemia she has been living with for four years is now terminal, and the question is: What now? She decides to make a top-10 list of things she wants to do in […]