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Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford
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Feb 08, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fitting-in, guy-book, mental-illness, queer, sex, teen, tragedy, suspense, suicide
Read in February, 2009

Jeff wakes up in a mental hospital, and he knows he doesn't belong there. He's not like the other kids in his group, who are actually crazy. He just had one bad day, and tried to kill himself.

You don't find out for sure until about 3/4 of the way through the book that (spoiler alert!) Jeff is gay, and his struggle with his sexual identity is part of what led to his suicide attempt. Some pretty explicit sex scenes follow, which may throw some readers for a loop.

At times, Jeff isn't a very likeable character, though he is funny and an interesting unreliable narrator. It's a grittier coming out story than most, and will appeal to some teens for that reason.

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