Thursday, September 15, 2011

By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead - A Review

By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead - Julie Anne Peters (own)


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 Thoughts:

This was a quick read. It wasn't an easy read but I had to keep reading to see what happened to Daelyn. She is such a traumatized girl and my heart ached for her. This book was about potential effects bullying can have on a person.

I was saddened by Daelyn and how "broken" she felt. My heart wanted to grab on and hug her no matter how hard she fought against it. I wanted to shake her and tell her she wasn't worthless and the world would definitely not be a better place without her. This is what Santana did in his own persistent way. What a courageous characters both of them were in their own ways.

What I took away from this story is there is hope no matter how dark your days may seem. There is hope. No matter how slight it appears. There is hope.

Author's Website: Julie Anne Peters


Kailana said...

There is something very compelling with Julie Anne Peters' books. I just read her most recent book and it was equally so. This book has stuck with me for a long time...

Irene said...

I've not read any of her books, but you have me in tears with this review. Must check it out. Thanks.

Vicki said...

I never saw or heard of any bullying going on when I was in school. I was surprised when I learned that it starts in grade school. Bullying is a terrible thing and usually ends badly for everyone, even the one doing the bullying.

I haven't read anything by Peters, but I'm interested in this book. I'm adding it to my ever growing list.

Thanks for the review!