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By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
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WARNING: Do Not Give This Book To People Feeling Suicidal, Have Felt Suicidal, Or Will Hand This Book Off In An Attempt To Bully Someone Into Suicide

A GREAT story about Daelyn Rice and her time as an outcast, bullied so much, abused and attacked with a few attempts under her already.. she finds a website that forces a date upon her, asking her if she will be ready by then, forcing her ask herself certain questions and take a look at the answers. As she is on the site, she purges some pain, has some people reach out, and has she learned anything from Santana a boy fighting Hogkins Lymphoma wanting to live.. unfortuately, ___Spoiler___ the author leaves that up to us. Is that good or bad, after a journey like this book it would have been better for her to finish it, although with the discussion questions within the book, I realize that this was geared for teaching.. no, I would not use this book as a teaching tool, see below ___ Spoiler Done___

This book has a raw voice, rings too true -- I fear though that this can be used as a tool to learn how to kill oneself, to get around from asking/seeking help, I worry about the triggers that this could cause to those that have been hurt and in a classroom setting even that would/could even promote it further. What was the publisher/writer thinking when they thought that this could be taught in a school setting? Anyone that has abuse issues, been abused, been bullied - please don't pick this up, anyone that loves someone that has put this in your library.
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Hannah Rowe I feel the same way. When I read it, my mother asked me if she has anything to worry about. That was all because I read her some of the ways to kill yourself that were listed in the book and I read the summary on the back. She thought it was funny, but she got a little worried. I mean, she was asking me why people would put a book about a person your age committing suicide in a High School Library for kids to freely check it out..


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