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Suicide Notes

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  17,813 ratings  ·  1,332 reviews

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 ban

Paperback, 295 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by HarperTeen (first published October 1st 2008)
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John Harrison God people are moronic. If you're too fragile to make it past the cover, and you spend all your time judging a book before even reading the first…moreGod people are moronic. If you're too fragile to make it past the cover, and you spend all your time judging a book before even reading the first page, maybe you should give up on reading altogether.

On another note, this book is far from "ableist" (which, by the way, is the correct spelling of that stupid word). If anything, the biggest theme IN the book is that mental disabilities don't make a person less than.

The irony of this comment/complaint is that you've gone and judged the book just as superficially as the main character initially judges his fellow mental patients. What does that say about you, huh?(less)

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Wendy Darling
Believe it or not, this is actually a really funny book. You wouldn't think so based on the title and the subject, but 15-year-old Jeff will have you laughing out loud throughout his story. He's in a mental hospital because he tried to slit his wrists on New Year's Eve, he's surrounded by kids who are clearly crazier than he is, and his doctor (nicknamed "Cat Poop") doesn't seem to understand that there's nothing wrong with him and won't leave him alone. Neither will the various patients who com ...more
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is an stealthy, cat-like emotional NINJA...

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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $1.99 Kindle US 3/21/19

The way the book was going I thought I would be okay and not cry. I WAS WRONG!

The main character is Jeff, he wakes up in the psych ward and finds out he's going to be there for a bit of time. He tried to kill himself, but we don't find out until the end of the book why. I had a love/like relationship with Jeff, at times he would say things that got on my nerves but don't we wall do that?


I loved Sadie, she is a fellow inmate with Jeff and a few others. I enjoyed al
Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nancy by: Thomas
Posted at Shelf Inflicted

Suicide Notes has 45 chapters, each one representing a day in the life of 15-year-old Jeff, who is in the psychiatric ward of a hospital after his suicide attempt on New Year’s Eve.

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 “sent
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!

"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?"

“Suicide Notes” it was like nothing I’ve expected. Despite the title and despite the blurb this was a quite entertaining read. It’s a YA novel/coming of age/realistic fiction that was interesting and refreshing and hold my interest not only with its plot, but with its main character as well
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the write style feel like you're reading book of 2018 not 2008 funny book i really enjoyed 💜💜✨’
It feels a little weird to say that I felt a book about a 45-day program in a juvenile psychiatric unit was really funny. But it was—in parts. This book, written in journal entries from day one of the program until the last day, focuses on Jeff’s evaluation of why he tried to kill himself. His voice is reminiscent of Holden Caulfield, only he doesn’t call everyone phonies—just whackjobs.

Jeff introduces us to the other young adults in the unit, some of whom come and go during his stay. He also h
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Limonessa by: Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Shelves: ya-lit, favorites
What struck me most about this book - and unsettled me, to be honest - is the brutality of it, sugarcoated by Jeff's self-deprecating irony, witticism and sarcastic outlook on adolescence. He is one of those characters I particularly appreciate in teen lit for their no-nonsense attitude, for just telling things how they are. An honest, non-emo voice.

The themes approached in this book are not light, despite seemingly narrated in a light-hearted way: teen suicide, familial dysfunctions, personal

“If you ever manage to become perfect, you have to die instantly before you ruin things for everyone else.”

It was my third book of Michael Thomas Ford and he didn't disappoint me. The first one, The Road Home, a contemporary romance about coming home with a nice unexpected twist of mystery in it, has sparked my interest for his works. The second one, Full Circle, an amazing epic story of love, friendship and male bonding, touched me greatly and made me feel and think about even days after I
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Jeff isn't crazy. He isn't like all the nut jobs in the psych ward he finds himself in. He doesn't use drugs to get high, and he doesn't have an eating disorder that makes him throw up his latest meal every ten seconds. However, he does have bandages covering his wrists like a mummy and he does recall getting into an argument with his best friend Allie, and he's pretty sure it had something to do with her boyfriend Burke. While Jeff spends the next forty-five days in the hospital under a special ...more
Richard Derus
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5* of five

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*? more. No no no. Poke me with a fork, I'm done.

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Natalie Monroe
4.5 stars

"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?"

There was a period in my life when all I read were issue-driven contemporaries. Eating disorders, suicides, rape... the works. But then all that excess of Jodi Picoult and Laurie Halse Anderson made me seriously depressed and I moved on to the bestselling Paranormal Romances at the time. Boy,
I used to think this was sort of a contemporary YA cult, for some reason, but I just realised that not many of my friends have read it. In any case, it should be a cult, if nothing else because it's a book that can help. It can help teens understand themselves and others and it can help adults understand teens.

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
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, ya-na
The time when a prominent YA gay character matures emotionally, regardless of using an idealized MM romance with sexy edges approach or just a window into a gay realistic man’s world, is and it's gonna be so touching subject to me. Until gay guys don’t have to sit their parents down and tell them they like boys without making this ginormous deal out of it.'You practically have to hold a news conference and take out an ad in the newspaper. Why? Why is it that you have to warn people about who you ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Catie by: Maja, Flannery, Jo
Shelves: ya, read-in-2011, lgbtqia
This is a very successful and fully realized first person point of view. Jeff’s feelings and experiences are enveloping. In some ways I feel like the major themes in this book need to be spoiled, because it will attract more readers. But on the other hand, I think that it was a real stroke of genius for the author to leave us in the dark. Jeff would rather forget and reject himself, and so by extension, do we. We only come to realize what Jeff is going through in small degrees, which perfectly m ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
After an attempted suicide, Jeff wakes up in a psychiatric ward where he is forced to spend the next 45 days. He doesn’t want to and he’s determined not to cooperate, but his stay isn’t optional and his parents refuse to take him home. Finding their son almost bloodless in a bathtub isn’t something they particularly want to relive, and if the psych ward is what it takes to keep him alive, that’s where he’ll stay for as long as it takes.

Jeff handles his situation with lots of denial wra
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, z2015, ya
This was kind of an average read for me. I didn't think it was really deep or hilarious. There were a few things that Jeff said that made me laugh but I didn't actually like him until like 2/3's of the way in. He became bearable then (and also said some insightful things - listed below). He was snarky and mean and I wasn't impressed at all. I always have an issue with unreliable narrators like Jeff. I mean he doesn't tell us the whole story straight away and I don't understand why not.(view spoi ...more
Oct 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
I'll say it flat out: I detested this book. If I had read it ten or fifteen years ago, I may have thought it was okay, but this isn't the early nineties anymore. Gay kids don't always have to hate themselves and try to commit suicide. Even if it does actually happen sometimes in real life, isn't it better to STOP writing books about how troubled and messed up gay kids are, and focus instead on writing books about how gay kids lead, I don't know, happy and productive lives? Think Alex Sanchez, Da ...more
C Steiner
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jo by: MaWen
4.5 stars.

“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.”

High Points.
I actually choked with laughter on my panad at approximately 90% of this book. The oth
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This had zero emotional impact on me. It wasn't even bad or boring, but it just didn't affect me at all.
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites

“Just because your life isn’t as awful as someone else’s, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck. You can’t compare how you feel to the way other people feel. It just doesn’t work. What might look like the perfect life—or even an okay life—to you might not be so okay for the person living it.”

This book is so important & powerful. It portrays so many themes and messages so perfectly with such authenticity that Jeff is one of the most uniquely realistic chara
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you haven't read this, you need to soon.

I love Jeff. He's sarcastic, funny and easy to relate to. He says some very witty things, and for a book about suicide, there were some pretty funny moments that made me LOL. He also says some very introspective things too.

I like that (view spoiler)
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was to be a brief, light read between heavier books. Brief, yes. Light, not so much. It was definitely humorous, a 15 year old wakes up in a mental ward after trying to kill himself. Ok, I know that doesn't sound funny, but it's in the delivery.
I knew that part going into it, but around the halfway mark more issues are revealed, to us and the narrator himself.
The journey is short, only 45 days in the ward, but there's certainly a lot going on, involving therapy, parental visits, and other
Hussein Baher
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not bad AT ALL.
Though i felt it missed so many stuff that could have made it wayyyyy better i still enjoyed it very much.
I Felt like it was too short it needed more characters background stories and POVs.
I didn't feel connected to some characters they were kind of forgettable.

The writing was easy to follow, smooth and not complicated.
The comedy was great.
The kind of book you can sit back and relax while reading it.
Overall i definitely want to read this again.
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
While I did enjoy this, it didn't quite tickle my funny bone or have the emotional impact it seems to have had for a lot of other reviewers. It is, however, an important topic that needs to be talked about more without all the taboos that surround it.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And here's what I'm wondering: How come someone always saves the people who try to kill themselves and then makes them tell everyone how sorry they are for ruining their evenings? I keep feeling like everyone wants me to apologize for something. But I'm not going to. I don't have anything to apologize for. They're the ones who screwed everything up. Not me.
I didn't ask to be saved.

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Am I lucky? Am I lucky that I didn't die? Am I lucky that, compared to the other kids here, my life doesn't s
Chelsea slytherink
Actual rating: 3.5 stars [spoiler free review]

Warning: In the book and in this review,mental illness and suicide are mentioned.

The second half of Suicide Notes was much better than the first. A character struggles with (coming to terms with) their sexuality, and I always enjoy reading about that. Nevertheless, I have some issues with the book, mainly with the author's choice of words.

I really liked the following quote: “And just because your life isn’t as awful as someone else’s, that doesn’t me
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Oh book, what do I do with you?

You started off great, got me laughing so hard at times, preventing from going to bed for just a bit longer, bit longer I promise!, and then you turned into just another ya novel.

I absolutely loved the narrator's voice and his on point sense of humor, but I didn't care about him.
And the other characters... I'm pretty sure that by tomorrow I won't even remember their names.

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Michael Thomas Ford is the author of more than fifty books, for both young readers and adults, in genres ranging from humor to horror, literary fiction to nonfiction. As a writer for young adults he is the author of the popular "Circle of Three" series (writing as Isobel Bird); nonfiction books about spirituality (Paths of Faith), the AIDS crisis (Voices of AIDS), and the gay community (The World ...more
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