Blueprint Pictures, working with its slate deal with Pathe, Film4 and the UK Film Council, has picked up film rights to Jenny Downham's debut novel Before I Die.

The deal was negotiated by Caroline Wood at Felicity Bryan Agency on behalf of Catherine Clarke.

David Vickling Books published the novel on July 5 to strong reviews.

Before I Die is about Tessa, a teenager with just a few months to live who makes a list of things to do before she dies, led by the goal of losing her virginity.

Blueprint's credits include Becoming Jane and the forthcoming In Bruges.