Monday, April 12, 2010

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

Nothing makes you feel more suicidal than a failed suicide attempt. And that’s where we find Daelyn at the beginning of By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead. Stuck in a neck brace and unable to talk due to her last attempt, she’s determined to get her death right this time by visiting the website The website prompts her to set the date of her suicide and it counts down each day, offers her suggestions on the most efficient way to do the deed, and probes her to answer questions, such as, “who’ll take your place when you go.” Through the blog section, Daelyn begins to share her stories of being bullied and tortured, and we are immediately drawn into her life. Somehow, with each blog, she feels better. But she’s got nothing to live for, or does she?

You better have time to read through this book in one sitting, because you’re not going to want to put it down. It’s a short read at only 198 pages, and you’ll be tempted to skip ahead to know if she goes through the light or if the new people coming into her life lead her to believe that things can be different. If you like the intensity of this novel, also try Invisible by Peter Hautman.

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