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What do you do when someone you care about wants you to follow them to a really dark place? Do you pull away? Do you help plan the trip? Or do you put your own life on the line in the hope that love will coax your friend away from the precipice? When Mel meets Jeremy, she thinks she has finally found someone who understands her, someone who will listen to her, someone who ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 15th 2015 by Orca Book Publishers
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Cee (The Mistress Case)
This story is about suicide— throwing away life, coming up with reasons of why life isn’t worth it.

This story is about survivor’s guilt— wishing you could have done something, feeling angry that someone could be so selfish to see little worth in living for you.

This story is about the death penalty— taking away the life of someone who would choose to live if they could, turning a blind eye to the deaths of those we see as monsters.

This story is about finding a reason to live— and not having one a
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Rebecca McNutt
This book is just one of the seemingly thousands of recent young adult novels involving suicide and "no one understands me!" teen angst. It's become such an overused theme by now that if it's the center of the whole story, it only brings it down. The World Without Us wasn't terrible... it wasn't what I'd call good though, either. The book was predictable, the characters seemed shallow and I didn't find myself caring about them at all, and the writing wasn't very detailed or evocative.
Rachel Ann
Mar 28, 2015 Rachel Ann rated it it was amazing
Definitely recommend this book to everyone. I learned so much reading this book, and I think everyone will get something out of it.
Polly
Dec 19, 2015 Polly rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya, canadian
Good book, about death and suicide and dying and not dying.
Krista Stevens
Mar 29, 2015 Krista Stevens rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, grief
Good, but with some serious reservations. Suicide is always a red-flag for me when I have to make recommendations for different programs in my school district. For some students in our programs, this would definitely be a trigger. In our schools, the guidance counselor and the school psychologist would be much more involved in both students' lives and there would have been numerous meetings with parents, trusted teachers, etc. I kept wondering why Mel's parents didn't run to find her a therapist ...more
Diane Ferbrache
Stevenson, Robin 978-1-4598-0680-1
The World Without Us Orca, 2015 $12.95 (pb) 226 p.
Diane Ferbrache, Hazen High School high school

We meet Jeremy and Mel standing on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. They have apparently agreed to jump together, but Mel is not so sure. She tells Jeremy that she was just kidding, and Jeremy decides to jump alone. Mel tries to hold on, but fails. Luckily, Jeremy survives and the rest of the story is told in flashbacks that explain how they reached this point, and curren
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Sandy
May 03, 2015 Sandy rated it liked it
Shelves: library, ya, mental-health
Suicide, it’s not a funny subject but something that should be taken seriously. Mel already earned herself the nickname Death Wish, so why she joked about the subject was beyond me but when she meets up with Jeremy and they form a friendship, their idea of suicide was a dark joke. Jeremy was dealing with some heavy issues at home, his younger sibling had died and his father had then left. Mel is trying to help Jeremy but Jeremy is at a deeper place than Mel. Mel is taking everything ...more
Laraine
Jun 04, 2015 Laraine rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from First Reads and I found it an interesting book to read. Although Stevenson's books are considered to be YA reads, this book also appeals to adults. It tells the story of Melody, a teenage girl who has become somewhat of an outsider at school, nicknamed "Death Wish" due to a foolish incident at a party. Her life is solitary until she meets Jeremy, who seems to get her. Their relationship starts out as friendship and they learn more about each other and their families. ...more
Hilary
May 16, 2015 Hilary rated it liked it
Robin Stevenson addresses troubling themes in “The World Without Us.” What do you do when a person you care about leads you into a really dark place? How far must you go to save your friend from his destructive tendencies? When is it okay to save yourself?

Told through a series of flashbacks, Mel thinks she has found a soulmate in Jeremy, but Jeremy is tormented by his own demons. The two make a suicide pact and meet on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to jump together. At the last moment, Mel backs o
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TheSaint
Mar 04, 2015 TheSaint rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Mel and Jeremy (mostly Jeremy) have had some brushes with thoughts of suicide. When they become good friends, though, they seem to feed on one another's darker demons in a frightening folie a deux, until Jeremy jumps from the bridge. And survives.

Poor Mel is left to think that she failed her friend by 1: not jumping with him per their agreement, and 2: not stopping the jump. This way madness lies.

After recovering, Jeremy thinks not dying by his own hand is the best thing that has happened to him
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Kai Guermonprez
Nov 02, 2015 Kai Guermonprez rated it liked it
At some points in the book I felt depressed because it talked about suicide and dealing with it.It made me think of how I could react to it.I thought about how grateful I am for not being in a situation that Jeremy and Mel are in.It made me think about my life and comparing it with their lives.
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Robin Stevenson is an award winning Canadian author of 20 books for teens and children. Her newest book is her first work of non-fiction-- PRIDE: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY ( 2016). Robin lives on the west coast of Canada, with her partner and son. When she isn't writing, she edits books and teaches creative writing classes and workshops.
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