My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Every so often, I stumble across a YA book that I enjoy, simply for its plot & characters. This was one of those novels. The story of 15-year-old Daelyn, who has been bullied since kindergarten, “By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead” is the story of her life, and how she’s choosing to end it. As she recovers from one failed suicide attempt, Daelyn discovers a website to help those who “can’t complete,” and begins telling her tale in online forums, and to us.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper YA novel without a moral. Fortunately, Julie Anne Peters manages to give us an upbeat ending without sounding like an afterschool special.