By the Time You Read This, I’ll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

03 Mar

“Your failures and your faults. They stick with you. They glob into ugly, cancerous growths inside you and make you want to die.”

Daelyn Rice is broken and without hope. After a lifetime of teasing and bullying and several failed suicide attempts that have left her unable to speak, Daelyn is on a mission.  Joining the website that is untraceable by her frightened, over-protective parents she has the resources and support to get the job done.  Will the very persistent and charming Santana-the boy who visits her everyday while she waits for ride-find a way in? Will Daelyn finally find a reason to stay alive?

This isn’t an easy book to read. It pulls out all the stops and the reader learns about some of the dark moments Daelyn has faced in her short life. Kids bullying and teasing each other is nothing new but it is persistent and continues to cause immeasurable amounts of damage. Peters reminds us of this with starkly written prose that tugs at the reader so intently in its short 198 page character study.  The website listed in the book is fictitious but if you type it in you will find a page full of resources on bullying and suicide. Kudos to Hyperion for this detail. 2010.

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Posted by on March 3, 2010 in Young Adult


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