By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead
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 sch...more
Popular Answered Questions
Caris: I finished it.
karen: did you cry?
Caris: I got angry. That last page was a load of bullshit.
karen: so damn much of it was bullshit. but hey - at least there were a lot of tips on how to kill yourself properly! take notes, teens!
Caris: Those tips were something else. They seemed the closest thing to propaganda in the book (other than that goddamned last page). How can so many ways to die be at the top of the pain scale? It's like she was telling you ...more
this is the second part of a conversation about this book!! i got caris' sloppy seconds! to read the first part, please click here!
Caris: Maybe it was just your personality. Perhaps you're just not the type of dude who gets bullied. You know, badassery and whatnot.
I certainly cave on this point. The book was unbelievable. Both the website and Santana were only there to keep the girl from killing herself. Of course, all books do this. It seems that the bar is just set lower for teen ficti ...more
As a mother of a child who was bullied and talked abou ...more
I'll start off by saying this book made me think...and I love books that make me think. I used to be a depressed and suicidal teenager. It got to the point where I tried to kill myself everyday. The last time I tried...I succeeded. I overdosed on a bunch of sleeping pills and died multiple times during that day. After that day...I was changed. I like to try and see the beauty in everything before seeing their flaws because everything has flaws, but the beauty is what people s ...more
By the Time You Read This ... could have been a good book. It was fast-moving and compulsively readable. Then I got to the end and literally said out loud, "What the hell?" Without giving too much away, I'll say this: Cliffhangers can be effective literary devices when done well. Menta ...more
If you enjoyed "Willow", by Julia Hoban, this is d ...more
daelyn is hard to grasp as a character i felt sorry for her but i was also mad. she was giving up and i wanted her to fight for her life and happiness. her relationship with her parents made me want to pull my hair out... but i had hope towards the end but then .... no resolution. i imagine im supposed to determine in my own mind what really happ ...more
Bueno... ¿Qué carajos fue ese final? ¿En serio un final abierto? ¿Que le pesaba a Julie escribir unas líneas más para terminar todo estas dudas?
Esta historia transcurre con Daelyn, que conoce a un chico, Santana, que se siente en la banca junto a ella cuando Daelyn espera a que su madre o padre la vaya a buscar, ha intentado suicidar varias veces, lo que ella dice esto que son intentos fallidos.
Todo este libro transcurre en cómo es el pasado de Daelyn y el ...more
Debido a su sobrepeso, ella tiene una muy baja autoestima y ha sufrido de intimidación toda su vida, hasta que simplemente no puede soportarlo más y decide suicidarse. Lo ha intentado en múltiples ocasiones, ha intentado de todo, pero no ha conseguido su propósito. Sus padres apenas y confían ya en ella por esta causa.
Un día, ...more
I have so many things to talk about, and about none of them are bad, so you might as well call my review a "praise" instead.
What I really liked about this boo ...more
It is very strange.
I did feel bad for her but she is really being a bummer.
I guess I just wish she could see the good things in life. And I say this coming from a background of being a very depressed teen myself who didn't see the light until after college. But she definitely had some horrible experiences that I can see why she would be acting that way. I guess I just wish I could help her, or that someone had helped her before s ...more
.. until the last page, that is.
While reading this, I, myself, was going through some difficult things as well. Ms. Peters wrote the subject of suicide very, very well. And at times, I actually wanted such a website to exist. There were parts in this book where I yearned to be sitting next to Daelyn, the suicidal, partially mute main character, hugging her, somehow reassuring her things would be okay. And there were parts in this book where I cried, because I related ...more
While reading the book, I felt like I bought myself a manual in committing suici ...more
Daelyn may be a bit unsympathetic for most readers, but her circumstance made it all the more believable to me. The writing was also solid. I am looking forward to reading ...more
Not a real ''review'' like book bloggers do, but it's something.
I'm not really sure what to say about this book. It was hard for me to read at times, but I never really wanted to put it down. Sometimes I had to, just to give myself time to clear my head.
Daelyn was a very real character, in my opinion. As was Santana. Both characters were different and had their own problems. They complimented each other well. I personally ADORED Santana and his ''relationship'' with Daelyn.
Tengo emociones divididas sobre este libro:
Por una parte, la protagonista me exaspera. Al inicio me hacía gracia porque pensaba que era muy adolescente porque eso de quejarse por todo es muy típico de la edad pero conforme avanzaba el libro quería gritarle que el mundo no es así de feo y que dejara de quejarse. Por otra parte, comprendo que la chica sufría de una severa depresión y mi sentido moral me dice que es hipócrita de mi part ...more
This is (another) teenage depressed girl book. In this one, we have Daelyn. She has decided she is going to commit suicide. She is obsessed with it. She has tried before.... in her words Failed. She wants this time to go right, she has to die. She just wants her rest. She just wants to escape the pain. The pain of being teased for being fat, for being a freak, for whatever the 'cool kids' see fit to make fun of her for. She is a target. She ...more
I know how it feels. That haunting feeling that nothing is worth living, that everything you do is wrong and that no one every cared, of that desperate desire to leave it all and be done with. Most people would tell us to suck it up and live with ourselves and fight our own demons, but it isn’t really that simple.
Reading this book was like taking a trip down the darke ...more
Her books for young adults include Define "Normal" (2000), Keeping You a Secret (2003), Luna (2004), Far from Xanadu (2005), Between Mom and Jo ( ...more