Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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

Summary: (from back of book) Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she's determined to get it right. She starts visiting a web site for "completers"- http://www.through-the-light.com/. On the site, Daelyn blogs about her life, revealing a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten. When she's not on the web, Daelyn's at her private girls 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 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. It's too late for Daelyn to be letting people into her life...isn't it?
Review: I thought this book was a good account of what bullying can do to someone throughout their lives. This book was pretty short and I thought that the counting down aspect was an interesting touch. The plot was a little slow in some parts but this book was really focused on Daelyn and her thoughts and feelings regarding her past and the decision she has made. I thought the emotions of Daelyn and her parents were really well portrayed. All the characters were very well rounded and realistic. The only thing I didn't really like was the fact that Daelyn was so quiet. I thought it took away from some of the scenes where communication was necessary. I alos had mixed feelinga about the ending. I liked the fact that it was an open ending but at the same time i thought this stroy deserved something a little more concrete. Overall, This book was full of emotion regarding death and what it means to live.

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