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Suicide Notes

by Michael Ford

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | October 6, 2008 | Hardcover

Suicide Notes is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.

I''m not crazy. I don''t see what the big deal is about what happened. But apparently someone does think it''s a big deal because here I am. I bet it was my mother. She always overreacts.

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. Clearly, this is all a huge mistake. Forget about the bandages on his wrists and the notes on his chart. Forget about his problems with his best friend, Allie, and her boyfriend, Burke. Jeff''s perfectly fine, perfectly normal, not like the other kids in the hospital with him. Now they''ve got problems. But a funny thing happens as his forty-five-day sentence drags on-the crazies start to seem less crazy.

Compelling, witty, and refreshingly real, Suicide Notes is a darkly humorous novel from award-winning author Michael Thomas Ford that examines that fuzzy line between "normal" and the rest of us.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 2.91 × 2.13 × 0.44 in

Published: October 6, 2008

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060737557

ISBN - 13: 9780060737559

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Twist to Dark & Serious Topics This was an enjoyable book that brought a fun twist to some dark and serious topics. It takes talent to dance around the concept of suicide and be able to draw drama AND comedy from it. The downfall to the plot is that there are plenty "coming out of the closet" stories out there already ...and I was more interested in reading romance, but the author did a good job at making it original through use of the setting and characters; the book is unique enough to stand out. Jeff, the main character, has a strong voice and is very easy to listen to (if you can relate with him, all the better). I was hoping for a larger and more climatic conclusion for him, but to some, it will end just where it needs to. Anyways, this is definitely a good book for the target audience: queer and questioning teens who may struggle with depression. I definitely would have given it 5 stars if I read it a few years ago.
Date published: 2012-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Should be in every school library While a lot of novels about teen suicide focus on the events proceeding a sucide attempt, Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford offers something different. Instead of focusing on why a teen would want to take their own life, it focuses on what happens next. On what happens when their attempt fails and they are forced to confront their actions. In the case of fifteen year old Jeff, what happens is he's admitted into a treatment facility so he can learn to work through all the problems that made him want to committ suicide. I loved this premise of the book and really appreciated the in depth look we're given to his therapy sessions. I haven't read a lot of YA books where the characters are sent to therapy, let alone have the book give you an inside look into what those sessions are like. Therapy is a very real experience for many teenagers, whether suicidal or not, and I'm glad Micheal Thomas Ford treated this experience with respect and accuracy. The main focus of Suicide Notes is of course, Jeff. And he is a fabulous main character. He's funny and a little bit dark and the more you get to know him the more you like him. But really the whole cast of characters is fantastic. I became attached to the whole cast and almost all of them broke my heart at least once. I liked that this was a group of teens, who weren't perfect and who struggled everyday but they were doing the best they could. And although things don't necessarily work out perfectly for everyone (another accuracy I apprecaited) who had to admire their everyday courage. I thought Suicide Notes, was a well thought out and honest book. It will definitely pull on your heart strings and have you wishing their was more you could do for Jeff. It's revelations and morals are subtle yet striking - giving them an extra sort of power. Mixing humour with tragedy Suicide Notes is a fantastic novel about what comes next. Final recommendation: Though I highly recommend this book for LGBT teens struggling with bullying/depressing, I also think it has universal appeal to anyone facing thes problems. Every high school library should have a copy. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-07-08

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Suicide Notes

by Michael Ford

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 2.91 × 2.13 × 0.44 in

Published: October 6, 2008

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060737557

ISBN - 13: 9780060737559

About the Book

In his witty breakout novel for teens, Ford delivers a poignant and darkly humorous story about life and the pursuit of happiness. After 15-year-old Jeff wakes up in a hospital psychiatric ward, he's a little fuzzy on how he got there. One thing's for sure--he doesn't belong there.

From the Publisher

I''m not crazy. I don''t see what the big deal is about what happened. But apparently someone does think it''s a big deal because here I am. I bet it was my mother. She always overreacts.

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. Clearly, this is all a huge mistake. Forget about the bandages on his wrists and the notes on his chart. Forget about his problems with his best friend, Allie, and her boyfriend, Burke. Jeff''s perfectly fine, perfectly normal, not like the other kids in the hospital with him. Now they''ve got problems. But a funny thing happens as his forty-five-day sentence drags on-the crazies start to seem less crazy.

Compelling, witty, and refreshingly real, Suicide Notes is a darkly humorous novel from award-winning author Michael Thomas Ford that examines that fuzzy line between "normal" and the rest of us.

About the Author

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of the teen novel Suicide Notes as well as several essay collections and adult novels, including Jane Bites Back. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and their five dogs.

Editorial Reviews

"Make(s) a powerful emotional impact." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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