Julie Anne Peters
I wrote BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, I'LL BE DEAD because I know how the effects of bullying can build up over time. When I learned the term "bullycide" –suicide because of bullyingI knew I had to write a book about it.
My main character, Daelyn, has been bullied all her life because of her weight, but even when she loses the weight, she still feels ugly. By the time she's ten years old, she's already decided to take her life.
I give Daelyn every reason to lifeloving parents, a fresh start at school, God, a therapist, a potential friend, the chance at romancethen I leave it up to her to decide her future. The same way you are left to decide your own futures.
Remember, even in the worst of times, there are always people who love and care about you.
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead / Julie Anne Peters / Hyperion
Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-1423116189 / Published: January, 2010
Ages 14 and up / Hardcover / YA