Grades 9 - 12
Grade level Equivalent: 4.5
Lexile® Measure: 460L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: Not Available
- Realistic Fiction
- Young Adult
- Bullying Experiences
- Death, Grief, Loss
- Mental Health
Reading Quiz Programs
About This Book
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?
National Book Award finalist Julie Anne Peters shines a light on how bullying can push young people to the very edge.
Praise for By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead
"Discussion prompts are provided at the end of the book as well as facts about bullying, Suicide Warning Signs, Suicide Prevention Hotlines and Websites, Anti-bullying Hotlines and Web Sites, and International Sources. Even though this book is written for young adults, parents, school counselors, and anyone who cares for children should read this book." — Children's Literature
"Peters writes important, challenging fiction for young adults, and this novel’s examination of bullycide offers uncomfortable insights into the world of those who feel like losers from birth and trust no one." — ALAN Review