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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

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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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    Celina woodstock, ON, Canada 08-21-14
    Celina woodstock, ON, Canada 08-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    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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