Title: Suicide notes
Author: Michael Thomas Ford
Genre: YA, Mental health
“That sounds so weird: “kill yourself.” It makes it sound like you tried to murder someone, only that someone is you. But killing someone is wrong, and I don’t think suicide is. It’s my life, right? I should be able to end it if I want to. I don’t think it’s a sin.”
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. (Source)
What I think of it
This book won my award of ‘the best book I have read in 2016’. For real.
It handles mental health so so well and what struck me the most about this book is that there is so much sarcasm in it and it’s actually funny, but in a good way. It doesn’t make fun of people with a mental illness. I absolutely loved the main character Jeff because he just said how things are.
I could relate to Jeff on many different situations, like on how he manages to evade any “real” discussion with his psychiatrist, Dr. Katzrupus, also known as Cat Poop, about what made him try to kill himself.
I do have to warn that this book has themes that aren’t light, such as: suicide, familial dysfunctions, self harm,.. There are also some sex scenes which put this book in the more adult section of the YA genre. Pretty graphic and raw, too
But I do highly recommend this book.