Tuesday, August 12, 2008 – original post
Written By: Michael Thomas Ford
Published By: HarperTeen (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing), New York, 2008, First Edition, 304 pages, hardcover
“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