Through-the-light.com is a fictitious website. The author and publisher of the book By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead, have provided the below discussion guide as a resource for anyone seeking to learn about the serious issues surrounding teen suicide and ‘bullycide’. Please refer to the links within this guide which will redirect you to professional resources.
By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead is not a book that calls for formulaic questions, study guides, or vocabulary lists. The power of this book grows with the questions the reader asks him- or herself, questions that we don’t want to ask, because the answers may be too disturbing. This is a book that challenges the reader not only to ask those questions, but also to look for the answers.
Daelyn has been the target of bullying for many years, and the bruises from it continue to hurt her. Unable to speak because of a failed suicide attempt, Daelyn is locked in an isolation of silence that she welcomes and protects. She wants to escape school, her parents, her life. . . . Previous suicide attempts have been failures, but now, with the structured help of Through-the-Light.com, an Internet suicide Web site, Daelyn knows she won’t fail again.