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By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
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Apr 27, 2010

bookshelves: young-adult
Read in January, 2010

This book was really heavy and I found the end to be disturbing in its openness. It leaves room for interpretation, but I'm not sure if that's good...

The only complaint I had was that the author had the girl eventually lose weight, and this made me wonder - was that necessary for us to empathize? Was it a plot device? What did it mean? Could we not feel her pain otherwise?

I think this is a hugely valuable resource for starting conversations about bullying and suicide, but I'm also concerned it could be seen as a "resource" for teens who want to die and need suggestions how.
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