Suicide Notes Review

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.

Suicide Notes

Michael Thomas Ford

Five Stars

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I loved every second of reading this book. It was hilarious and still knew how to bring important points to light. Jeff is an amazing character who was written extremely well. And how he overcomes everything, in the end, is truly remarkable.

The beginning of the book is a little slow, and really just shows you how Jeff feels about everything going on in the world and how he’s putting off talking to his therapist. Things don’t really kick into high gear until Rankin joins the program. Then Sadie dies and things just keep getting worse.

It’s hard to find a book that gets serious points across and actually get readers to listen and understand. This book does that. It shows that sometimes people aren’t accepted by other not because there is something wrong with them, but because they don’t fit the norm. Which comes around in the end when Jeff reveals why he tried to kill himself.

None of the other characters are really worth noting because I felt like they were there only for Jeff to observe and make fun of, but they were still great. However, Cat Poop and Jeff’s conversations were my favorite part of the whole book. Including the one about the Sugar Plum Fairy.

I honestly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun read that will also open their eyes (and possibly make them cry).

I know I might’ve if I wasn’t reading this is class.

Good day.

 

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