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Young Adult Fiction 4270
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead By Julie Anne Peters
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Reader reviewed by KeturCullen1340

Review: This is a book not to be played with. Its topic talks about a
deep situation and when you read it takes all you have not to cry. You
could never think that anyone could treat a human being so badly. Or
that Daelyn could think such horrible stuff about herself. The story
starts with Daelyn sitting on her bench and waiting for her mom, when a
boy comes and tries to get her attention. He introduces himself as
Santana and has a carefree personality that I like considering his
circumstances. Daelyn will not give him the time of day until later on
in the book though. Daelyn then discovers this Website for people who
are "completing" and makes an account. Her Date of Determination is 23
days away and she wishes it was a shorter time. Daelyn goes on the site
practically everyday and enters in stories from her past that made her
decide to complete and they broke my heart. After getting used to
Santana, Daelyn finds out that he has cancer. This made me wonder could
it get any worse. Almost to the end of the book she tells Santana what
she did to make her mute and Daelyn starts to think about things: her
parents, Santana, Emily, and just her life. That is all I can tell you
without spoiling the ending but you will be surprised and slightly

My thoughts on the book are sad. I was reading Daelyn's thoughts and
feeling her emotions. Bullying has and is happening to me and sometimes I
feel trapped, but never compelled to kill myself. I think that if I do,
what will it solve? Bullies will still bully and the world will go on. I
wish that there was someone to tell this to Daelyn. Suicide is serious.
And not worth it.

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