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

Wednesday January 19, 2010

By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead
by Julie Anne Peters
Released January 5, 2010
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"-

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?

Bullying is a national epidemic and adults don't always understand or see the signs that bullying is a problem for their children. No one wants to believe that their child is not "accepted" at school or they figure they went through the same thing and turned out okay so its no big deal. Unfortunately, kids who are bullied frequently keep the extent of the bullying hidden from the adults in their lives.

Books like By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead are a giant wake up call.

Daelyn Rice has never felt safe at school. For as long as she can remember kids have picked on her for being overweight. The older she got the worse things seemed to get and soon suicide seemed her only way out.

Through out the book we travel with Daelyn as she counts down the 23 days until her Day of Determination...the day she'll kill herself. Along the way she meets Santana a home-schooled boy about her age that lives near her school. She also meets Emily, a new girl who is chubby and teased...just like her. Both of them reach out to Daelyn just as shes shutting down emotionally.

This is such a good book and really, a story we should all read. Julie Anne Peters is a wonderful writer who has written a variety incredible books that deal with hot-topic issues that teens and young adults are dealing with.

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Best suited for 8th grade and up

Here are some scary statistics regarding bullying:

  • Each day 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied.
  • Some 3.2 million kids in grades 6-10 say they're a victim of bullying each day.
  • One-third of America's school students report being bullied at least once a month and six out of 10 say they witness someone being bullied daily.
  • A school bullying statistics reveals that 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school.
  • 100,000 students carry a gun to school.
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) students reportedly hear antigay slurs such as "homo," "faggot," and "sissy" about 26 times a day, or once every 14 minutes


prophecygirl said...

I got a copy of this today and I'm really looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the review!

MarceJ said...

I read another review on this early in the week, looks like a great read.

I love your stats. The unfortunate thing is that bullying is a part of the real world in the professional world also. I am an Employee Relations Manager and I counsel and fire staff over this issue. I have staff that resign over this issue. Sad but true.

Zombie Girrrl said...

Great review!
I'm not trying to be trite or anything, but why can't we all just get along? Like seriously? How hard is it to put aside our differences and just let each other be?
This sounds like a really good book.


Great review, I agree with everything you said it was a really great book and a huge wake up call.

Julie Anne said...


Thank you for this wonderful review of my book. So often we take bullying lightly, but for many young people, especially those with little or no coping skills, the wounds are carried throughout life.

And bullying does happen in workplaces, families, social groups... seemingly anywhere people gather. I don't think it's trite at all to say, "Why can't we all just get along?" Respect each other, and draw on kindness and compassion whenever possible.


Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

My daughter just got a comment on her blog from a young woman with Asperger's Syndrome. Kids with Asperger's (along with GLBT kids) are prime targets for bullies. This commenter said she's been bullied so severely in school he'd lost the hearing in one ear. :-(

Thanks for this excellent review and post. I would like to read this book, even though the topic of teen suicide is so painful.

By the way, this is my first visit to your blog and I love it. :-) I'm a new follower.