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Teen Picks: “By the Time You Read This I’ll be Dead” by Julie Anne Peters

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

What’s it about?  If you are looking at reading this novel then you can get a pretty clear hint at what is to come just by glancing at the title. You guessed it, suicide. Daelyn Rice is determined to do it right this time. Before, she was impure. Had too much anger and resentment and fear running a muck inside of her. Also, her method and timing were off. So she joins a website called, a place where “completers” go to share and discuss. In the process of becoming “pure” Daelyn reveals a past filled with bullying and teasing and even assault. This time she has a set date, the “Day of Determination” and she’s got it all planned out, down to the minute. Except there’s this boy Santana. And he won’t stop bugging her. Every day after school he is there, waiting on the bench under the magnolia tree. The bench that she has to wait for her parents at. Can Santana tear down her walls of self-loathing and world-hating?Can he do it before Daelyn’s designated “Day of Determination”?

What I thought of it & why I picked it up: I really don’t have much to say about this book. I mean, what am I supposed to say? “I loved it, this book is for everyone”? I didn’t love it. Daelyn’s parents didn’t seem terribly unique and because they were a big part of the book they definitely should have been. The author did hint at her mother’s life and such but she could have gone more into it. The ending was a little fill-in-the-blank. Which worked alright but I’m still trying to decide if I actually liked it. Daelyn was…hard to relate to. For me at least. Although I’m sure other young people considering suicide and harming themselves would definitely understand here. And this whole review I’ve really just been trying not to get into what I think of suicide and the people who resort to that. So although the book was very informative and sort of inspiring it really was only three stars if you look at it from a literary perspective based on the writing style, character development, and plot.

Star Rating:  It was okay.

I would suggest this for: Teens looking for a more serious and true outlook on bullying.

Review by: Lauren B.

Thanks for the review Lauren!


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