By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead
As the summary on the back of the book states, “Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she’s determined to get her death right.” Daelyn was bullied all throughout her life, at each one of the countless schools she was moved to and from by her parents, and couldn’t follow her dream because she was “too big”. Her parents would never understand her struggles, as they were both athletic, fit, and in a perfectly normal mental state. Her mother, Kim, was afraid that Daelyn would embarrass her in public by having a panic attack. While her father, Chip, was clueless about dealing with a hypersensitive, bullied, and assaulted daughter. Daelyn described the way she believed that her parents viewed her with this sentence, “They were embarrassed by me, their sick, fat, psychotic creation.” Each time her parents would say something such as, “We love you” or, “We’re glad you’re here with us,” Daelyn would just get stuck on the fact that they only said those things because the countless doctors and therapists instructed them to do so. The therapists made her parents fill out forms on how Daelyn was acting, if any suspicious things were happening, and if her medication was working. The forms were necessary because after a messy encounter with exsanguination, the 15 year old was officially placed on twenty-four-hour suicide watch.
Quite a while after Daelyn was no longer trusted to be alone due to her suicidal tendencies brought on by bullying and physical assault, a boy started to speak to her every day while she waited to be picked up from school. This very social, quirky, and somewhat “nerdy” boy named Santana then tried to befriend Daelyn. He tried lending her one of his laptops which he called a Mini Me, but that didn’t work. He also tried bringing his pet rat for Daelyn to meet, but she turned out to hate rats. The only reason that Santana’s many attempts to become friends with Daelyn...
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