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

Somewhat dark, somewhat sad, and just a smidge depressing…other than that, it’s great!  Haha!  Really though, this book is not the feel good, jumping for joy, sugar coated with sprinkles book.  It deals with thoughts of suicide and killing oneself.  Happy Wednesday everyone!!

Title: By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead

Author: Julie Anne Peters

Summary:

Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she’s determined to get her death right. She starts visiting a website for “completers”— www. through-the-light.com.

While she’s on the site, Daelyn blogs about her life, uncovering a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten. When she’s not on the Web, Daelyn’s at her private school, where she’s known as the freak who doesn’t talk.

Then, a boy named Santana begins to sit with her after school while she’s waiting to for her parents to pick her up. Even though she’s made it clear that she wants to be left alone, Santana won’t give up. And it’s too late for Daelyn to be letting people into her life…isn’t it?

National Book Award finalist Julie Anne Peters shines a light on how bullying can push young people to the very edge.

My take:

So this book was one of the books I read while on vacation…I can’t believe I read such a sad book while visiting Disney World.  Although, maybe all the ooey gooey happiness that occurred cancelled out the depressing-ness of the book…yeah, that’s it.

I actually liked this book.  Although, I never went through the horrors of bullying through highschool like Daelyn did … it was worse actually, I was homeschooled, and I was picked on by my brother … this book helps show the struggles that teens and young adults go through while undergoing pressures from parents and peers.

Another angle,  I feel like this book would be good for parents to read…every parent says they “know what it’s like at that age”, but when they were that age, it was a different era/generation.  Cyber-bullying is definitely something I know that I really haven’t gone through and most certainly my parents haven’t either.

Just like the summary says, Daelyn has tried to end her life a couple times before and they have all failed.  She is committed to doing it and getting it done.  I don’t want to spoil the end but it has a sense of leaving you hanging a bit.  I wish the author would have been a little more “final” on the ending, but otherwise it was a great book.

~Myst

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