Basil’s Thoughts: Daelyn Rice is a high school student who’s dead inside. She’s attempted to commit suicide multiple times and failed, leaving behind scars to remind her of her failure every day. Her most recent attempt left her mute. But this time, she’s determined to get it right. She wants nothing but the peace and freedom from constant bullying that she thinks will come with death.
But then she meets Santana, a boy who looks at life in a positive and completely different way than she does, one who tries to save her, one who doesn’t want to be left with only the memory of the lonely, mute girl.
Overall, I think this book has great meaning to it. We get into the deep, dark depths of Daelyn’s soul and watch her change into a person she didn’t want to be. But the ending, I thought, is crap. She goes a way neither I nor Santana nor her parents want her to go (and I’m not saying that she kills herself — read the book and you’ll know what I mean). I think that teens going through some of the same stuff as Daelyn could really relate to this book.
Each day, she’s anticipating the date she plans to have with the dirt but it doesn’t come as fast as she wants it to. It’s heart-wrenching and heart-breaking. I read breathlessly as a lonely girl’s worst nightmares came back to life. And I read as a boy fell in love with someone he wasn’t supposed to. Although it was depressing (but good!), I believe this book can inspire others, and it sure has inspired me.
Teen Reviewer Basil: I’m 15 years old and was born and raised in the South. My best friend has paws, and her name is Daisy. I’ve played soccer my whole life, and plan on continuing with it as long as I can. My favorite color is green, and my favorite animal is a giraffe.
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