Book Review of ‘Suicide Notes (ARC)’

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 – original post

Suicide Notes
Written By: Michael Thomas Ford
Published By: HarperTeen (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing), New York, 2008, First Edition, 304 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-0060737559
(Available NOW!)

Suicide Notes takes you on an engaging journey of a teen’s recuperation and self-discovery; from his sardonic and amusing evasion to the real truth behind his attempted suicide”

At fifteen, Jeff has hit rock bottom. He decides that the only way he can deal with the pain and heartache is to take his own life.
Jeff seems like a normal teen. He is very clever, self-assured and he can’t figure out why he is in a psychiatric ward of a hospital.
He knows that there isn’t anything wrong with him. He should be sitting at home instead of being locked in the ‘crazy house’ with mandatory group sessions and meetings with Dr. K.
Though he wants to leave the hospital, Jeff is required to stay and confront his feelings and examine why he has the visible scars of that dreadful night, if he really is completely ‘all right’.

Suicide Notes truly captured my attention from page one and held it. Jeff’s story is very realistic and I felt badly for him in his situation. Jeff has a wonderful sense of humour and as a reader; you can’t help but laugh at many of the hilarious things he comes up with. There were times when I felt like crying with empathy for the lost ‘boy’ within the fifteen year old Jeff.
I laughed out loud many times at his boldness and his clever remarks.
I think the author did a really fantastic job of shedding light on some very sensitive subjects and created a book that many adults and teens alike will be able to identify with and take benefit from reading.
*There is some sexual content in the form of oral sex, so parents may want to talk to their young teens about said topic, before handing them this book to read.
I highly recommend this book!!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (7 out of 10 Diamonds) – I really enjoyed it

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2 thoughts on “Book Review of ‘Suicide Notes (ARC)’

  1. One of my friends actually lent me this book. She didnt even start reading this book because she was on another book. I thought this book was hilarious. I was in homeroom and I tried to control my laughter but I just started cracking up! I was in complete shock when I found out he was gay. I mean it was so surprising. I had some of my guy friends read certain parts and they hated me for “making” them read it. It was so sad when Sadie killed herself and you’ll die when you hear why Jeff tried to kill himself. I give this book 5 stars.
    It is the best book I’ve ever read!

  2. Hi Kathleen,

    I’m happy to hear that you read ‘Suicide Notes’ as well. I haven’t heard very much about this book from others and I agree with you. I thought it was hilarious too! ;-)
    I was also shocked to find out that Jeff was gay, but it didn’t make me like his character any less, for the shock of it all.

    So you did find yourself as curious about Jeff’s ‘reason’ as I was?

    I was so horrified that he would try to end his life for the reason(s) that he did…or should I say that I was horrified that it should have been such an all-consuming issue for him. That he felt so lost and detested; that he couldn’t figure a way out of it, was so sad and heart-wrenching.

    Thanks for letting me know that you gave it 5 out of 5!

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