Friday, June 16, 2017
Review: Suicide Notes
By Michael Thomas Ford
Genre YA Contemporary
15 year old Jeff wakes up at the hospital on New Years Day after a suicide attempt. Frustrated at being held in the psych ward with a bunch of teens he considers nuts, he'll discover a lot about himself and that maybe crazy isn't so crazy after all.
I read somewhere that when astronauts come back to Earth after floating around in space they get sick to their stomachs because the air here smells like rotting meat to them.
Who knew a book about attempted suicide could be so amusing. Now, mind you, it wasn't amusing in a make-fun-of-suicide way but in a this-character-is-so-sarcastic-and-funny way. I was giggling like crazy through the first half of this book.
Things took a more serious turn in the middle of the book and at one point I just sat there, stunned, not believing what I was reading. I can't say what happened because I think if you choose to read this one you need to go into it blind like I did but just know that there are several graphic....very graphic events that happen in this book. Why the author chose to go into such detail I have no idea. I think he could have revealed things just as clearly without all the details but that's just me.
So, on the one hand I adored how funny this one was, the writing is the type of writing I wish I could replicate, but on the other hand you had some very graphic scenes that I found completely unnecessary that almost ruined the story for me.
In the end, I'd still recommend this one because I thought it dealt with a serious subject with humor and warmth without pushing an agenda.
Should you read it?
Like I said, I'd still recommend it unless you absolutely cannot handle graphic descriptions of sex.