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 band...more
The story started off all whistling and nonchalant like it was going to be a light dose of fluffy teenage angst. Then, halfway through, it crept up behind me, tapped me gently on the feelings and slipped silently into my core to snuggle...Ninja style.
We start off meeting 15 year old Jeff who has just awoken on New Year’s Day after a botched suicide attempt to find himself involuntarily committed to a mental treatment facility for 45 days. Of...more
Trust me; this story is not nearly as depressing as it sounds.
Jeff is quick, witty, sarcastic, and absolutely hilarious as 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.
During his 45-day “sentence”, Jeff learns more ab...more
"Seven little crazy kids chopping up sticks;...more
one burnt her daddy up and then there were six.
Six little crazy kids playing with a hive;
One tattooed himself to death and then there were five.
Five little crazy kids on a cellar door;
One went all schizo and then there were four.
Four little crazy kids going out to sea;
One wouldn't say a word and then there were three.
Three little crazy kids playing in the zoo;
One jerked himself too much and then there were two.
Two little crazy kids playing in the sun;
The themes approached in this book are not light, despite seemingly narrated in a light-hearted way: teen suicide, familial dysfunctions, personal...more
Jeff introduces us to the other young adults in the unit, some of whom come and go during his stay. He also h...more
All the points are for the ending, which is entirely worth the long, tedious, acne-inducing slog to get there.
Seriously...does the world NEED to hear about adolescence anymore? Is there something we missed, as adults, while going through that training ground for evil demons called "junior high" (that's middle school for the under-fifty set)? If so, is it something that we actually *need*?
Basically...no more. No no no. Poke me with a fork, I'm done.
This work is licensed under...more
It's divided in 45 chapters, one for each day Jeff spends in the psychiatric ward of a hospital following his failed (duh) suicide attempt, but it feels like 45 minutes. I gobbled it up in...more
“It’s a really crappy feeling to realize that your entire outlook on your life can be controlled by some little pill that looks like a Pez, and that some weird combination of drugs can make your brain think it’s on a holiday somewhere really sweet when actually you’re standing naked in the middle of the school cafeteria while everyone is takes pictures of you. Metaphorically. Or whatever.”
I actually choked with laughter on my panad at approximately 90% of this book. The oth...more
Let me tell you something, seeing your name and psychiatric ward on the same piece of paper isn’t the best way to start your day.
Suicide Notes was a quick, witty, funny yet raw novel about Jeff, a 15 year old boy who attempted to commit suicide. After being admitted to a psychiatric hospital, Jeff has been told he will be completing a 45 day program to help understand and treat his mental health 'issues' and get his life back on track.
Jeff was sarcastic and straight forward, his thoughts were no...more
Jeff wakes up one morning to find himself in a mental health clinic with his wrists bandaged. As it turns out, he's been put into a 45-day program at the clinic after he attempted to commit suicide.
Jeff meets the other patients, who he finds all to be crazy and totally not like him. I mean, he's not crazy, right? According to what he tells his doctor, he didn't even have a reason to kill himself.
As the weeks pass, he grows to like the other crazies in the clinic and realizes thing about himsel...more
Oh, Suicide Notes... This novel was like a little box filled with all kinds of different emotions. Laughter, anger, sadness, heartbreak, confusion, laughter, and more. Suicide Notes was able to bring out so many different emotions. And yes, I know that I wrote laughter twice, but seriously, this book is hilarious. You really wouldn't think that a story with such sad things in it could be so funny, but Ford managed to form a meaningful story that is as funny as it is full of impact.
Full review can be found at Greedy Bug Book Reviews.
Suicide Notes is told in first person from Jeff's point of view. Jeff has been placed in a psychiatric facility for forty-five days after a suicide attempt. Each day at the facility is chronicled in Jeff's own words. While the subject of the book is quite serious (and should be taken as such) there are a few humorous parts as well. Jeff is a typical fifteen-year-old boy and his words and actions prove this. There is an interesting cas...more
Knowing the author, and the recommended blurbs on the back I could guess from the title what Jeff's motivation was to commit suicide. When I was his age I felt much the same thing. It's not very preachy, though the ending was a little too neat and tidy for me. You don't always just walk away...more
This is funny, interesting and heartwarming.
The author did a great job keeping us glued to the book, going on by it's day-by-day entry by our 15 y/o male protagonist, Jeff.
And the people Jeff met at the hospital after his new year's fiasco.
I thought I knew better, but I was proven otherwise.
People are not just mad because they are mad. Not because their fuse had blown.
They are not depressed because they are depressed. Not because they had ran out of happy juices.
This and other reviews can be found on Reading Between Classes
Cover Impressions: The cover is simple, clean and to the point. It isn't something that would normally attract me to pick up a book, but after having read it, I like it.
The Gist: Jeff has been sentenced to 45 days in a psych ward following an attempted suicide. Despite his insistence that he is not a "nut job", he must endure therapy and group with other kids that society has deemed disturbed. As time goes on the patients start to se...more
I've read plenty of teen-almost-suicides novels before and I did...more
Jeff is a fun and snarky character, who brings the reader into the setting with fresh eyes. The novel is written in the form of a journal, where each chapter is a daily entry in wh...more
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