January 8, 2010

By the Time you Read This, I'll be Dead - Julie Anne Peters

Young Adult
Pages: 224
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Release Date: January 5, 2010

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 school, where she's known as the freak who doesn't talk.

Then, a boy named Santana begins to sit with her after school while she's waiting to for her parents to pick her up. Even though she's made it clear that she wants to be left alone, Santana won't give up. And it's too late for Daelyn to be letting people into her life.isn't it?

Whoa!! I was not expecting this, specially in such a short read. This is probably the most torn I've been since I finished Ballads of Suburbia. This book is so harsh. And raw. And wrong. And cruel. And depressing. And sick. Oh, and I loved, loved, loved it. Even though my stomach sometimes didn't. I had physical ache while reading, that's how amazing it was. Seriously, I believe every person alive should read it. If you dare to read something so heart-wrenching that will most likely stick with you. It leaves a great message.

The world is a freaking messed up place, no need to hide that. This may be a hard read, but only because it's so real that it hurts. The characters in the book were magnificent. The guy, Santana, I've never been so in love with a realistic-fiction character before. I wanted to tear him out of the book and keep him. He will steal your heart and keep it. The writing was good, felt awkward at times, but worked perfectly.

If you think you have the guts to read about bullying and suicide (Bullycide) you must go pick this up right now. If you read Hate List (Jennifer Brown) and liked it, I think you will find this one really interesting too.


  1. great review. I might have to add this one to my wishlist.

  2. Okay, you've won me over with this review. I'm sold on buying it.

  3. Great review! I've been wondering how it is for a while now. So, I'm definitely going to find a way to read it because you make it sound amazing.

  4. Nice review! I'm still waiting for my copy of this to be sent from Amazon, but from what you've said, I think I'll like it. I loved Hate List, so that bodes well!

  5. Awesome review. I so agree. It was an amazing book. I really loved Ballads too. Still need to read Hate List.

    My review is here: http://shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com/2010/01/review-by-time-you-read-this-ill-be.html


  6. :O A really awesome literary-crush-to-be???
    Okay, so, I'll definitely get this one. The title had me at hello, actually. Your review made me want to get it more :P

  7. Yikes! I think this will be too much for me. Great review.

  8. Great review. The book sounds hearbreaking, don't know if it's up my alley.

  9. This is the most outstanding, amazing and heart-rending review I've ever read for any of my books. Thank you, thank you, thank you. If I could rip you out of cyberspace and hug you, I would. (I might even prop you on a pedestal:).


  10. Wow really great review! "I wanted to tear him out of the book and keep him." I love characters in books like this. :)

    I have Hate List but haven't started to read it yet. This one sounds like a must-read and I'll be sure to check it out. Thanks so much for this review, I had never heard about this book before!

  11. Wow! What a powerful review. I am adding this to my TBR list.


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