Suicide Notes

Suicide Notes

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By (author) Michael Thomas Ford

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 295 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 203mm x 20mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 7 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0060737573
  • ISBN 13: 9780060737573
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 16,830

Product description

Fifteen-year-old Jeff wakes up on New Year's Day to find himself in the hospital. Make that the psychiatric ward. With the nutjobs. Never mind the bandages on his wrists, clearly this is all a huge mistake. Jeff is perfectly fine, perfectly normal--not like the other kids in the hospital with him. They've got problems. But a funny thing happens as Jeff's forty-five-day sentence drags on: the crazies start to seem less crazy. . . .Compelling, witty, and refreshingly real, Suicide Notes is a darkly comic novel that examines that fuzzy line between "normal" and the rest of us.

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By Julie Rimpula 27 Mar 2013 5

Totally funny. I loved the main character, Jeff. I loved his sarcasm, his denial, his guts to try to kill himself, his hidden courage. You can tell that Jeff is a smart person, although he made not-so-smart decisions in the past. He's funny and witty and sarcastic. He's struggling and going through a lot but he still manages to be sassy. It was hilarious every time he talks to his doctor, it makes me crack up. You would expect him to be depressed and down, considering he just woke up from a failed suicide attempt. But no. He manages to get up on his feet and deal with everything in his own ridiculous way. But despite all this humor, Jeff also has a deep side. I enjoyed reading his thoughts and arguments with himself. It was fun reading the book in Jeff's perspective.

I thought at first that it would be a light read and yes, in the beginning, it was. But then when the story develops, it sort of sneaks up on you, showing you the ugly sides of everyone. And I loved it for that. The story was serious but the way it's written was quirky and funny. It came out as a light read, wherein you don't have to feel bad and sorry about everyone and everything because there's always a funny side to it.

My favorite character was Amanda though she wasn't really thoroughly introduced, at least not as much as I would have liked. But still. She matches her brother's wit and humor. And I love that they get along well because sibling rivalry is almost common in YA fiction. I'm glad they're different.

Would I recommend it? DEFINITELY. I think what it taught me was that we often underestimate teenage problems. People don't usually realize that these problems are serious. Teenagers go through a lot and sometimes everything just piles up and boom! Before we know it, they just explode. Believe me, I know.

By TeensReadToo 19 Sep 2010 4

Jeff is fifteen years old, from a good family, and he's just woken up in the psychiatric ward of the hospital.

Over the next month and a half he will take part in group therapy, individual counseling, and even those excruciating sessions with his family. And through all of this, everyone will realize that he didn't really mean to kill himself. Right? It was just a misunderstanding.

His group therapy sessions aren't his favorite; he's only going so that everyone can see how sane he really is. There are four of "them" in his group: Alice, who lit her mom's boyfriend on fire; Juliet, who seems to have no direct relationship with reality; Sadie, who tried to drown herself; and Bone, who primarily just wants the world to know that he doesn't know Juliet and is not her boyfriend.

Jeff tries to make it clear that he is only there because of a misunderstanding. But, it's hard to misunderstand the bandages on his wrists.

Over the next 45 days, Jeff's story will unfold and new pages will be added. Was it really a girl that caused this whole "misunderstanding?" Allie has been his best friend, but was she more than that? Was he jealous of her new boyfriend or did she reject his advances?

And now he has new friendships forming while he's in the hospital, and each of those will test his ability to deal with new pressures and unexpected situations. And may lead him closer to confronting the events that led up to his hospitalization.

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Jeff s journey is wittily unique, balancing a fresh voice and a uniquely realistic character with comedy and seriousness. --KLIATT