This weekend I decided to ignore the stack of papers that I brought home with me (I am sure this will come back to haunt me tonight when I realize how much I have to do before Monday morning rolls around) and just read. I finished two amazing books, Where She Went and By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead.
Although it was officially released on Tuesday, my copy of Where She Went by Gayle Forman didn’t come until Wednesday. I had to wait an agonizing 24 extra hours until I could start reading, but it was worth the wait. Where She Went is Gayle Forman’s follow-up to If I Stay. It follows Mia and Adam’s careers in the years following Mia’s tragic accident and her decision to attend Julliard, the subject of If I Stay.
I loved every minute of Where She Went. Forman uses a similar writing style as If I Stay to tell the history that the reader missed between the two books and describe what is currently happening. Where She Went is an engaging read. I felt my connection to the characters, that was created while reading If I Stay, evolve. I wanted what I thought was best for them, but learned that happiness is often found in the unexpected.
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By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters has been sitting on my shelf for a long time. Last year I read Luna, also by Peters, and it landed on my all time top ten list. This inspired me to pick up other of Peters’ books.
By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead tells the story of Daelyn Rice and her many unsuccessful attempts at suicide. However, this time Daelyn is determined to get it right. To help her meet her goal she subscribes to http://www.through-the-light.com. As Daelyn slowly starts to disassemble her current life, a new life builds up around her. She meets Santana, a boy who won’t leave her alone despite her pleas, and Emily, another outcast at school who sees a friend in Daelyn.
By The Time You Read This delves deep into the painful world in which Daelyn lives. It explores the effects that bullying can have on a person and how a single act of kindness can make all the difference.
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In other news, a good friend of mine has started her own blog in which she gives her comments on the state of public education. You should check it out at Forever a Newbie.