Sunday, March 1, 2015

Teenage Suicide... Don't Do It -- A Book List

Lately it seems there has been a great influx of YA novels relating to suicide. Some of the books are cautionary tales, while others are more geared towards teens dealing with the lost of a loved one due to suicide.

*I love Gayle Forman. This is not my favorite of her novels but I still enjoyed it. I liked Cody, I felt really bad Meg left her behind. I also liked that Forman provided many resources for teens dealing with depression at the back of the novel.
 Summary (via Goodreads)
 When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

** Make sure you have a box of tissues for this one.
Summary (via Goodreads)
 Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

***Soon to be a Movie with Elle Fanning.

*This book I often give to my reluctant High School Readers. The book sucks you in on page one and the reader just wants to understand how and why Hannah could do this. Wonderful YA novel.
 Summary (via Goodreads)
 Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

 * This book disturbed me.
 Summary (via Goodreads)
Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she’s determined to get her death right. She starts visiting a website for “completers”— www.
While she’s on the site, Daelyn blogs about her life, uncovering a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten. When she’s not on the Web, Daelyn’s at her private school, where she’s known as the freak who doesn’t talk.
Then, a boy named Santana begins to sit with her after school while she’s waiting to for her parents to pick her up. Even though she’s made it clear that she wants to be left alone, Santana won’t give up. And it’s too late for Daelyn to be letting people into her life... isn't it?

*Great book from a debut author!
Summary (via Goodreads)
 Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

*Written in verse Ellen Hopkins books often look super long and scary, but once you start reading them you fly through her poetic novels.  Lots of teen issues appear in this novel, everything from bullying,  to dealing with one's sexuality and to depression. Great read.
Summary (via Goodreads)
Matthew Turner doesn’t have faith in anything.

Not in family—his is a shambles after his younger brother was bullied into suicide. Not in so-called friends who turn their backs when things get tough. Not in some all-powerful creator who lets too much bad stuff happen. And certainly not in some “It Gets Better” psychobabble.

No matter what his girlfriend Hayden says about faith and forgiveness, there’s no way Matt’s letting go of blame. He’s decided to “live large and go out with a huge bang,” and whatever happens happens. But when a horrific event plunges Matt into a dark, silent place, he hears a rumble…a rumble that wakes him up, calling everything he’s ever disbelieved into question

 Suicide is a terrible thing and it has touched the lives of many people I know. Both my brother and I went to different colleges but we both had classmates in our Sophomore years that hung themselves. Its such an awful thing and it's something that is often outside the realm of understanding for many. These books although fiction can help some to grapple with understanding the pain that can cause suicide and that suicide can cause.

 It's important that people are aware of depression and other mental illnesses that can cause suicides as well. 
If you or someone you know needs help one of the best places to turn is the


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