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.
For starters, this isn't the average teen fiction novel. Julie Anne Peters covers some very serious issues and in the progress writes an amazing novel. Daelyn is not the typical teen, she has been through so much in her life and finnally decides she dosen't want to go on, after a string of suicide attempts. But then while she waits for her parents to pick her up from school a boy named Santana starts sitting beside her even though she's made it clear that she would rather be left alone. This happens after Daelyn has made her decision and she dosen't want to let people into her life since it's so close to ending but Santana still manages a way to creep into her life. Daelyn starts visiting a website named www.through-the-light .com. (which does not exist, I checked). While on the site she begins to blog about the reasons why she has made the choice to commit suicide. The reasons are mostly varied types of bullying that go all the way back to kindergarten.
Once I flipped open the first page and started reading about Daelyn's horrible experiences, I never stopped until the last page. I think Daelyn's is someone who lives inside each and every one of us, though some of us don't let her control us that much. I'd also like to say that while I read the book I agreed with what Daelyn was thinking the whole time including killing herself. Why should she have to endure such a horrible life? But as the plot thickened and Santana wasn't a small character anymore I found myself hoping that she wouldn't commit sucide. I'm not going to overanalyze the book and say the chracter developpement was amazing (which it was) and so on because that wouldn't be th point of it.
The story really captivates what so many off us are going through and Daelyn is just an example. The way Daelyn's kept making jokes (in her thoughts) about her everyday battles even though she was planning to commit sucide made her a realistic character. It isn't really easy to review such a serious book, so I'll leave you with this: I'm just going to say that this was an amazing book and I might even have to consider it one of my favorites. It's really something I think each and every one of us should read. And of course this book deserves the Moody seal of approval.
The book wont be released until 2010 but here is Julie Anne Peter's wesbite for more information: http://www.julieannepeters.com/