“Sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will only kill you.” - Daelyn
Daelyn Rice wants to die. She’s been the target of cruelty since kindergarten, and she wants to stop the pain. She’s tried killing herself before, but failed each time, earning herself the label of “freak” and taunts of, “Next time, do it right,” from her classmates. Oh, she plans to. In fact, she’s given herself 26 days to get everything in order before she steps through the light -permanently.
Peters’ novel deals with the serious nature of bullying and ways that it deteriorates people’s self-esteem to the point that they commit suicide. She shows the reader that everyone plays a part in bullying (whether they say the words, perform the acts, or sit quietly and watch), and, sometimes, the most important difference anyone can make is to show that they care.