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Here’s what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, Sam’s best friend, Hayden, was dead. All he left Sam was a playlist of songs—and a note, saying that he took his own life. But what Sam doesn’t know is: Why?

To figure out what happened, Sam has to rely on the playlist and his own memory. But the more he listens, the more he realizes that his mem
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by HarperTeen
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I can give you a list of all the songs....
1. How to Disappear Completely- Radiohead
2. Crown of Love- Arcade Fire
3. Mad World- Tears For Fears/Gary Jules
4. Invisible- Skylar Gray
5. One- Metallica
6. Pumped up Kicks- Foster The People
7. I Don't want to Grow Up- The Ramones
8. Dianne Young- Vampire Weekend
9. Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nievana
10. One Step Closer- Linkin Park
11. The Mariner's Revenge Song- The Decemberists
12. Adam's Song- Blink 182
13. Alison- Elvis Costello
14. This is How It Goes- Aimee Mann
15. Despair- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
16. On Your Own- The Verve
17. Let It Go- The Neighborhood
18. Say Something- A Great Big World
19. Everybody Knows- Leonard Cohen
20. How to Fight Loneliness- Wilco
21. Conversation 16- The National
22. Last Goodbye- Jeff Buckley
23. Hurt- Nine Inch Nails
24. For Emma- Bon Iver
25. Cosmic Love- Florence And The Machine
26. The Mother We Share- Chvrches
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3.5 stars. Playlist for the Dead, however flawed, was a pretty gripping story. I found my curiosity increasing with every chapter, which is something that rarely happens to me with books. Usually, it is very much the contrary. I guess I was in the *right* mood for this kind of read today, because books dealing with mental health were never my favourites. Yet I do still read them, or I would tire of all the fantasy books I daily dive into. But this was good. Pretty good.

While it was a good kind
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Lola

For a debut novel and for a very controversial theme, I thought the book isn’t bad. I generally avoid books on suicide because more often than not, it ends up really depressing but although Playlist for the Dead tackles the same subject, it does so in a way that doesn’t put so much weight on the reader’s emotions.

Unlike books on suicide that linger on the whys of the person’s decision to end his/her life, this book focuses on the loved ones, the ones who can’t help blame themselves for the deat
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
This was just an okay book for me. I don't have any big complaints. It's not bad, I just didn't fall in love with it.
I connected with the main character, I enjoyed the different plot lines and the writing style. However, nothing really took me by surprise and this book did not leave a big impact on me.
Dec 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
I can't believe that I paid ten dollars for this shit. This will be riddled with spoilers because I care nothing about it.

Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería

Playlist: Las canciones de mi muerte es una novela juvenil a la que le tenía muchísimas ganas y que empecé con unas altas expectativas que, sin duda alguna, no ha cumplido. Más bien me he encontrado con una novela floja, decepcionante y que cojea por todos lados.
No he sido capaz de acabar el libro, habiéndolo dejado en la página 200 poco, por lo que tampoco voy a hacer una extensa reseña ni creo que tenga el 100% de información como para hacer una reseña final de la

I can't bear the writing, sorry/
Macarena Yannelli
No fue el mejor libro que leí en el mundo, pero fue el primer libro que específicamente trata sobre suicido y sus consecuencias que leo y fue bastante lindo. Menos triste de lo que esperaba pero la moraleja del final aunque un poco apresurada muy muy muy linda.
Bastante recomendado.
Reseña completa en Gracias a los Libros.
Review also appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

First thing's first:

Dear Michelle Falkoff,

I would like to thank you for writing such an intensely honest novel about the after-effects of teen suicide. Thank you for giving us a character who dealt with his best friend's death in his own way and not in the way expected of him. Thank you for showing us how there are various ways of dealing with the unexpected and sudden death of some
Chuddchutney Buana
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book sucked me into it like a sand pit I finished it in only 2 days.

Reading this because I took some Buzzfeed quiz of which particular new book that should be my next read..and turns out that this one is right up my alley (How many psychologist and from which top ranking university Buzzfeed is hiring is a mystery though).

I am always a sucker for a story that use pop culture as a plot device, and this book, with each chapter introduced one song each that drive the narratives forward, are in
Kristina Lenarczyk
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was ok

This book started out so strong and I was so excited about it, but then it just started to drag and eventually fell flat for me.
Kimi (Geeky Chiquitas)
Dec 27, 2014 rated it did not like it

Originally posted at Geeky Chiquitas

This book compares itself to Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Tim Tharp's The Spectacular Now. These are really big claims, and I was at first skeptical, naturally, but in the end I decided to give this a try. While I did not exactly like The Spectacular Now all that much, I did adore Perks a lot, and so I had great expectations for this book. Sadly, it was so different from what I expected and I'm really really
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
You never really know someone until you listen

3.5 stars

A novel that is steady-paced and never tries too hard to pull on your heartstrings. While I didn't outright cry my eyes out, I did feel for Sam and everyone around him... and in turns angry for how certain people treated Hayden.

This book unveils the layers/secrets bit by bit, letting you get to know everyone involved and how some things aren't what they seemed. A couple times my perceptions of a character were flipped from what it was be
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it

Un lindo libro, pero creo que son 3,5 estrellitas.
Me gustó y disfruté de la lectura, mucho, de hecho. Pero por momentos me irritaba, al punto de tener que cerrarlo porque no podía seguir leyendo. Y algo no me termina de cerrar del todo, siento que hubo más elementos de los necesarios y si bien Sam inicia un proceso de curación, no sé si todos esos elementos extras realmente ayudaron de alguna forma o son solo un poco de relleno. Dejémoslo en que tiene ciertas
Mridu  aka Storypals
That ending ruined everything, it could have been a lot more, a lot deeper.
Review to come.
Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff is about a boy named Sam. His best and only, friend Hayden has just committed suicide, and all he has left, as a suicide note, is a playlist, with 27 songs on it. As he tries to decipher the playlist he learns more and more about Hayden's life and the people in it. He realises that even though Hayden was hi
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Sam Goldsmith finds his best friend’s, Hayden’s, body and a suicide note saying “Listen and you’ll understand…” I expected the story to be about the whole playlist and how it connected all the dots and everything… but it was a little disappointing. Yes, Sam listened to the playlist through the whole book, but it wasn’t incorporated in the whole story, which was a pity.

This brings me to the storyline of this book. It was enjoyable, but again, not very extraordinary like I expected. This book didn
3.5 stars

Hayden was never popular. He was a geek, he had one friend, and his parents were never supportive of him. Then there was an incident at a party and he decided to commit suicide...

The next morning Hayden's best friend Sam finds his dead body and a playlist of songs dedicated to him. As Sam tries to understand the life his best friend lived he must also reflect on the person he has become.

I liked this book although there were slow moments in the book. I liked Sam's character and the secre
Patricia Bejarano
Un 2,5 en realidad.
La historia ha estado bien, pero sin más pretensiones. Ha sido entretenida y tiene muy buenos personajes, pero ha fallado bastante en la sorpresa que intenta dar, que para mi ha sido previsible desde casi el principio. Así que os la recomiendo como lectura ligera y distinta para leer este verano, pero no creo que se convierta en el libro de vuestra vida.
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I dont think I've ever felt so conflicted about a book. This book, to me, only.skimmed the surface on suicide, which is an issue that needs to be talked about more especially in YA books.

I read this book in one sitting, and its currently 2:30 am so the book did something right. I thought it was really fast paced - which I liked. However, the playlist seemed kind of pointless. I wasnt exactly sure why it was there, and it didnt add a lot to the experience. Also, I felt so disconnected from the ch
Juan Vorágine
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-7-julio

Estamos ante una historia en la que la música y el valor de la amistad tienen un gran protagonismo. Me ha resultado curioso que en esta novela tenga mucha más importancia la amistad que el amor, puesto que en los libros de este tipo suele ser al revés, lo que le da originalidad. Además, también hay un toque de misterio por saber cuáles fueron las razones que llevaron a Hayden a suicidarse. Por último, el título de cada capítulo es una canción, y muchas de ellas no las conocía y ahora me gust
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-zed
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A suicide playlist.

Opening Sentence: All my years of watching TV made me think it was possible you could find a dead body and not know it until you turned the person over and found the bullet hole or stab wound or whatever.

The Review:

Playlist for the Dead is told from Sam’s perspective; a teenager whose best friend has committed suicide and he’s the one who found him. This was a decent read, especially since May is Mental Health Awareness Mo
Rhea Dsouza
Along the lines of Gone Too Far and Thirteen Reasons Why, comes another book about death, self-discovery and of course, a shit ton of mystery. And just like these others, Playlist of The Dead is a very, very memorable book. Not only because of its unique concept, but because of a certain Sam Goldsmith.

Sam is the one who finds his best friend Hayden’s dead body and a playlist. And with it, a note: For Sam. Listen and you’ll understand… And there, right then, begins Sam’s journey to try to underst
My thanks to HarperTeen & Edelweiss

Point of View: Single (Sam)
Writing: First Person | Past Tense
Setting: Iowa
Genre: Young Adult | Realistic Fiction

This was an emotional and such a tough read for me. Suicide is just not right up my alley. Though, I have to admit the writing did make the whole thing more tolerable for me. Still, it was quite a sad story about bu
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
Pre-reading thoughts: Hayden is my son's name, so of course that's 1 reason to read it. Also it reminds me of 13 Reasons Why and i loved that book :]

At A Glance
Young Adult; Contemporary
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: insta love a bit.
Cliff Hanger: nope.
Rating: 3.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 6
Characters: 7
World Building: 7
Flow: 7
Series Congruity: n/a
Ending: 6

Total: 7.5

In Dept
Best Part:
Linkin Park Song!
Worst Part: Shallow plot
Thoughts Had: Lovely songs!; Poor Hayden.

সালমান হক
Not recommended for everyone . If you are into depressed stuff like me and are into indie rock scene or love alternative music and like a book where you will have to deal with a person who is already dead and There is one person who has to suffer for that reason then this book is for you. Otherwise NO . Don't go for it. You will end up hating the author.
Carla Dente
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,5. Me ENCANTÓ :D
(Lo terminé hace dos días pero me olvidé de actualizar esto jajaja)
pronto la reseña en: http://mimundoestaentuspaginas.blogsp...
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You can find this review along with many others on my blog!

When I read the synopsis for this book, I immediately felt keen anticipation for it. It sounded like the kind of book that I would love. I was able to get my hands on it a few weeks ago and now I finally got the chance to read it. And I'm so happy I did.

As opposed to my other reviews, I won't be writing a small summary of the plot simply because I feel like it might spoil the story for you. And I don't want to do that! I do want to me
Melissa Chung
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
How to rate this book..... I don't know. I didn't hate it. I didn't love it. So it gets the middle rating. The it was all right rating.

Sam Goldsmith is a sophomore in high school. He has one friend Hayden and Hayden just committed suicide.

I was hoping I would get a better understanding of suicide through the eyes of Hayden's playlist and Sam's discovery of the night Hayden died, but the book didn't fulfill anything I really wanted to know.

Hayden has a learning disorder. Parents that are over ba
Dani St-Onge (Literary Lion)
I really wanted to like this book, and I didn't totally hate reading it but I cannot say it was good. The idea had a lot of potential but it absolutely fell flat.

It is exciting, the plot leaves you guessing but it feels very standard. I did enjoy reading it a bit, so I feel bad that my rating fell so low but I enjoyed it perhaps in part because of how bad it was.

The idea of using a playlist was unique but in the end none of the songs mean enough that they needed to be included at all, the entire
Mar 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No sé si estoy entre un 2.5 o un 3... tengo que definirlo con el tiempo ....
No es un libro tan especial como pensé que sería, de hecho siento que se me van a olvidar muchos detalles de la historia a lo largo del tiempo. La música no es tan importante como pensé. Igual es una linda historia de amistad y Sam, el protagonista, me recordaba a veces mucho a Charlie, de Las ventjs de ser invisible.

Jen Ryland
There were definitely things I enjoyed about this book -- I always love a reading a boy POV and this one was charming though I thought Sam's voice sounded more middle grade than high schooler.

At times I felt there was an awful lot going on - the aftermath of the suicide, the playlist, the mystery attacks, the story of Astrid, the romance, the magical realism... but it definitely had its good moments.

Recommended for those who enjoy a male POV, and issue books with magical realism.
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“People are going to say a lot of things. And some of it will be helpful, and some of it will be annoying, and lots of it will get on your nerves. But they're saying it because they found it helpful when they lost someone. They mean well.” 43 likes
“If there's one thing I learned from the playlist, it's how important listening to people can be. I” 15 likes
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