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review 2017-06-14 00:00
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead - Julie Anne Peters,C.J. Bott Good thought provoking book! Finished it in one sitting, like literally one sitting. A great social message against bullying. Felt really bad for both Daelyn and Santana but I think it finished too . I wanted to read some more!
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review 2017-04-08 00:00
Define "Normal"
Define "Normal" - Julie Anne Peters I read this one as a middle-school kid and LOVED it. I can still vividely picture the ending with them. <3
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review 2016-07-15 17:07
Luna is about a MTF and her sister
Luna - Julie Anne Peters

How do a girl deal with her sister being a transgender person?


When the father is a meany an the mother seems like a heartless bitch?

 

The transgender sister Luna seems a bit needy and dependent of her younger sister Regan. It is a bit unfair for her and she just got a new potential boyfriend Chris.

 

The good stuff about this story is on the transition, how a person would actually go about it for the transition. 

 

The change of dress, make up, trying to appear as the self recognised gender even at the risk of being beaten up.

 

The not so good bit is the unfairness to her sister. 


Overall, still good as it is rare to find a book on transgender teens struggle.

 

 

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review 2015-10-28 00:00
grl2grl: short fictions
grl2grl: short fictions - Julie Anne Peters the book was a mixed bag of stories all dealing with young girl love and reaching out to find something, someone from out there in the world. I liked some of the stories and others not so much and I felt too old to be an adequate judge of youthful. high school era romances or trauma. So I say good job to the author and then promise myself no more YA.
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review 2015-06-21 17:53
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead/Julie Anne Peters
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead - Julie Anne Peters,C.J. Bott

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.

 

Suicide is a topic of immense fascination to me, but I just wasn't satisfied by the way this book was written. This story felt very contrived at most points.

 

Daelyn is fifteen years old and planning her third attempt at suicide, using a website that has her wait twenty-three days. I'm really not sure what this website was supposed to be, why 23 days was picked, or what happened to other users, but it seemed like a way to show how Daelyn was at the point where she was pretty selfish and felt like only the things that happened to her matter.

 

The methodical way she went through ways she could commit suicide was intriguing and shed light on her character. Hearing about her past through her posting on the forums was revealing as to her motivations and feelings, but I still just wasn't able to connect with her.

 

Santana and Emily were the only characters I really liked in this story. Santana ad his rat were a lot of fun, but I really didn't understand their fascination with a girl who wouldn't speak. It was very contrived. Had she given him any bones, I would have appreciated their budding friendship, but I just don't understand his motivations. Emily, on the other hand, was a breath of fresh air and I think she could do more for Daelyn than Daelyn for her.

 

In a way, this reminded me of a version of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, except that this book would only resonate with younger readers and Speak is timeless.

 

I won't talk about my frustration with the ending.

 

I recommend this for younger readers, but for me this just felt a bit too intentional.

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