Suicide Notes

Paperback | September 7, 2010

byMichael Thomas Ford

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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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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...

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of the teen novelSuicide Notesas well as several essay collections and adult novels, includingJane Bites Back. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and their five dogs.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:September 7, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060737573

ISBN - 13:9780060737573

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

Customer Reviews of Suicide Notes

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Obviously deals with heavy topics but does have some humor that is enjoyable. The main character is relate-able and witty.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I thought it was good, and brought in dark or just plain humor at right times to keep this book lighter.
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Serious but also fun So I liked this book. Alot. We first find the main character Jeff waking up in the psych ward of the hospital. He's convinced there's been a huge mistake and he doesn’t belong there with the 'crazies' and thus refuses to cooperate with any of the nurses or his psychiatrist Dr. Katzrupus, whom he nicknames Cat Poop for the duration of the book. Despite this lack of cooperation, Jeff must stay in the ward for 45 days with four other teenagers. It isn’t until a group therapy session that it’s acknowledged Jeff tried to kill himself, a fact he had yet to mention and doesn’t elaborate on until his treatment is almost over. The story is told in Jeff’s perspective, which I enjoyed because he was not only hilarious and witty, but the reader also gets to develop as Jeff does, sharing in his confusion and thoughts about himself, others, and why he attempted suicide. The other characters really made this book even more enjoyable. Jeff has some sort of relationship with all of them, and they all contribute a piece of the puzzle, so to speak, to allow Jeff to open up about why he tried to kill himself. Each time this happens, it’s like a light turns on in his brain, and Jeff makes some progress. There are 45 chapters, one for each day in treatment, but it’s a build-up of events and feelings and concerns that makes Jeff finally open around day 36, and we finally learn the whole story about the night of his suicide attempt, and how his (former?) best friend Allie and her new boyfriend contributed to his decision. This book is great. I especially loved the relationship between Jeff and his younger sister Amanda, however brief their interactions. Under the teasing and morbid comments, you could really sense the sibling love, which I can definitely relate to. Yes, it’s about a serious subject matter, but it doesn’t get you down. The dark humour doesn’t make it too serious, but it’s serious enough that we see the growth of Jeff in each chapter as he discovers who he is. In one line about Suicide Notes I’d say: things aren’t always how they appear, and that’s not a bad thing.
Date published: 2011-04-13

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“This book is equal parts hilarious, bittersweet, and strange. You will love every page of it.”