Monday, July 5, 2010
As a writer it is difficult to approach scary subjects sometimes. But being brave enough to dive in completely, is going to result in a better book. Julie Anne Peters presented the subjects of bullying and suicide in raw honesty. Daelyn was bullied from kindergarten on. She was once an overweight child. While she’s no longer fat, Ms. Phillips understands that it’s the mental self-image that most often sticks with a person and drives those inner demons.
I adore Santana, the guy who begins talking to Daelyn. He’s charming, smart and just plain funny. While he’s not so conventional looking, as I’ve learned over time, true wisdom and life’s greatest lessons can come in the most unlikely packages. This book counts down the days until Daelyn’s final Day of Determination.
While the ending didn’t tie everything up and spell it all out plainly for you, it worked for me. It made me think and consider things long afterward. The cover is gorgeous! I loved the discussion questions, the suicide prevention information and signs to watch for in the back. I’m giving this book 3 roses.