Age Group: Young Adult
Other Books by This Author: Define “Normal”, Luna, Keeping You a Secret, Between Mom and Jo, Far From Xanadu, Rage: A Love Story
Received From: Kindle Store
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.
I had every intention of liking By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead. I bought it with high hopes after reading great reviews. The blurb pulled me in. It sounded great. Unfortunately, my love affair with this book didn’t last very long. This book is sad, depressing and a little irritating. I usually really like sad books. I usually even like disturbing books but no matter how hard I tried I could not like this book.
The story behind this book is that Daelyn has been bullied all her life. She has never fit in. Never had good friends and she never got any sympathy from the adults in her life. But to me, the bullying situations that were described in the book just didn’t seem like enough. Enough to make Daelyn as miserable as she is. I know, who am I to say what is enough? It just seemed to me the author could have given us more back story or a stronger back story.
Also, that ending? Um….NO! I did not like. I honestly would have left this book unfinished if it weren’t for two things. One, I wanted to know how it ended. Plain and simple. But instead of walking away from By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead feeling satisfied, I walked away feeling zero closure. Needless to say I was a bit annoyed.
The second reason was, Santana. He was hands down the best thing about the book. Maybe the author should have left Daelyn out completely and just wrote a book about him.