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Suicide Notes | [Michael Thomas Ford]

Suicide Notes

Fifteen-year-old Jeff wakes up on New Year's Day to find himself in the hospital. Make that the psychiatric ward. With the nut jobs. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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 nut jobs. 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 45-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.

©2008 Michael Thomas Ford (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Leslie H. Nicoll Westbrook, ME USA 03-21-10
    Leslie H. Nicoll Westbrook, ME USA 03-21-10 Member Since 2009

    Passionate Kindle owner!

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    "Entertaining narrative for a serious subject"

    This story is written as a diary, with each chapter being one day in fifteen year old Jeff's 45 day hospitalization after a failed suicide attempt. The subject is serious, but Jeff is a great narrator: funny, sarcastic, and insightful. Youth suicide is an important problem in the US (third leading cause of death among people ages 15-19) and this book provides useful information while at the same time telling a good story. Resources for depression and suicide are included in an afterword. This book works well in audio format because the chapters are very short (5-10 minutes each) and can be listened to easily in short bursts. Recommended.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tony 03-21-10
    Tony 03-21-10
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    "Entertaining narrative for a serious subject"

    This story is written as a diary, with each chapter being one day in fifteen year old Jeff's 45 day hospitalization after a failed suicide attempt. The subject is serious, but Jeff is a great narrator: funny, sarcastic, and insightful. Youth suicide is an important problem in the US (third leading cause of death among people ages 15-19) and this book provides useful information while at the same time telling a good story. Resources for depression and suicide are included in an afterword. This book works well in audio format because the chapters are very short (5-10 minutes each) and can be listened to easily in short bursts. Recommended.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yontez 06-23-15
    Yontez 06-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    This book. Is my favorite book of this year so far. This book is sarcastic. Amazing. And heartbreaking. It kinda reminds me of the early 2000s show, "Daria." The plot twists are strong, and are very surprising. I loved every second of the 5 or so hour book. Nothing I disliked unless it was surprising. It will keep you on your edge of your seat.


    Cheers

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    Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Buje, Croatia 05-12-15
    Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Buje, Croatia 05-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Astonishingly good"

    After an attempted suicide, Jeff wakes up in a psychiatric ward where he is forced to spend the next 45 days. He doesn’t want to and he’s determined not to cooperate, but his stay isn’t optional and his parents refuse to take him home. Finding their son almost bloodless in a bathtub isn’t something they particularly want to relive, and if the psych ward is what it takes to keep him alive, that’s where he’ll stay for as long as it takes.

    Jeff handles his situation with lots of denial wrapped in good humor. He absolutely refuses to acknowledge that he has a problem and he is determined not to talk about his reasons for cutting his wrists open. According to him, his parents and the doctor made a mistake and he shouldn’t be locked up with the crazies.

    Jeff’s story is heartwarming and poignant, but it’s also simple and laugh-out-loud funny. This diary-like narrative is one of the most honest things I’ve ever read. There are no heroes, no villains, no Big Drama whatsoever. It’s just a story about a boy that could easily be your next door neighbor or your second cousin. It’s not unusual at all and that’s what makes it so special.

    Jeff’s character was truly done brilliantly. He is easily relatable, even (or especially) when he’s being obnoxious to his doctors and his fellow patience. Avoidance is his way to handle everything, but every now and again, a real feeling shines trough, be it anger at his parents for daring to save his life, resentment towards his doctors and nurses and the complete and utter hopelessness he feels about his situation.

    I want to make this very clear: Suicide Notes is a book that deals with serious issues, but it’s rarely a sad read and it’s never angsty. Jeff’s sarcastic voice determines the overall tone, which is more funny than anything else. Yet Ford still manages to bring his point across by making every one of Jeff’s jokes louder and more touching than any sorrowful moment could possibly be.

    I’ve tried this in both formats and while I generally prefer audio, in this case I’d strongly recommend the printed word. Although he’s a good narrator, Joe Caron didn’t succeed in capturing Jeff’s unique voice and most of Jeff’s sarcastic remarks somehow fell flat in the narrator’s interpretation.

    If I had my way (but really, I never do), every thirteen-year-old on the planet would have to read three books: Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff, Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz and Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford. These three books promote understanding and tolerance in such a quiet, unobtrusive way, and even though we’re seeing more and more diversity, these are the three that always stay with me.

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    Celina woodstock, ON, Canada 08-21-14
    Celina woodstock, ON, Canada 08-21-14
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    "Pretty good."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would say. the beginning really held my attention but the dramatic twists took me to a un-organic place. It almost felt like the author choose those twists uncomfortably.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    That would be spoiling it!


    What three words best describe Joe Caron’s performance?

    He was very good and he did really do a good job at pulling you in. he has a very easy voice to listen too.


    Do you think Suicide Notes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. It would be nice to see how the main character used what he learned about himself in the real world.


    Any additional comments?

    worth the credit. I think this is a great book for those struggling with their sexuality.

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    "Enjoyable story on a serious subject"
    Where does Suicide Notes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Suicide notes is one of my favourite Audible books. It's another coming of age book but nevertheless has an appeal to all ages. It tackles the devastating effects of teenage suicide and in particularly the feelings of hopelessness and helplessness that drives this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Suicide Notes?

    The book is set out like a diary, where our young troubled teen logs each days activity in a care facility. As such it's relatively easy to create memories that stick with the reader. I have to say I think my favourite moment is right at the start where he's insistent that he's not crazy.


    What does Joe Caron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narration of this story is very good. What I most enjoyed in the narration is how Joe Caron manages to convey excitement. Such moments are really enjoyable to listen to.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My feelings towards this book are indifferent. It tackles a very dark subject matter in a humorous and enjoyable way. In fact I can guarantee you will chuckle. It's certainly no tear jerker, (compared to The Fault In Our Stars anyway), but has delicate scenes that are wonderfully written.


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