Monday, March 8, 2010

By The Time You Read THis, I'll Be Dead

Daelyn Rice has decided: in 23 days, she will be ready to die. She's had enough of the bullying, the tormenting, the misery. Growing up, she was ugly, fat, friendless. Her parents don't understand. They don't understand how she felt. They don't understand how she feels. They don't understand why she has attempted suicide. And they don't understand how close she is to trying again. 23 days. What can happen in 23 days? Well, to start with, she can meet Santana, the boy who lives near the school...

This is a very, very difficult book to read. Daelyn's pain is gripping, and her story is interspersed with information from a suicide website that she consults. Various methods of suicide are discussed (and rated, according to pain and effectiveness), and other site users share stories of what has led them to that point. Santana, too, has pain of his own, and while I didn't know what to think of him at first, as a character he really grew on me.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Brutal by Michael B. Harmon
Blubber by Judy Blume by Liane Shaw

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