By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead is a gripping look into the thoughts of a teenage girl who believes that life holds no meaning for her. After being unsuccessful in her last suicide attempt, Daelyn is confident that her next attempt will be her last.This incredibly moving and heartbreaking novel captures the essence of what it is like to be a teenager and feel so desolate that you believe that suicide is your only escape. While books of this nature are not usually a favorite of mine, By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead was a remarkable read. Peters got to the heart of this troubling issue without only focusing on the doom and gloom aspects. The characters and their feelings were amazingly realistic with Santana being needed foil to Daelyn: she is darkness to his light. While this novel may not be for all readers, those who decide to read it will not be disappointed.