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Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Grade 9 Up—Jeff, the irreverent, sarcastic, and utterly terrified year-old narrator, wakes up on New Year's. “With a sprinkling of dark humor and a full measure of humanness, Suicide Notes is quirky, surprising, and a riveting read.” —Ellen Hopkins, author of The You. Read "Suicide Notes" by Michael Thomas Ford available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. An unforgettable coming of age.


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Compelling, witty, and refreshingly real, Suicide Notes is a darkly humorous novel from award-winning author Michael Thomas Ford that. Suicide Notes book. Read Reader Q&A. To ask other readers questions about Suicide Notes, please sign up. Shelves: z, ebook, ya. This was. Share This Title: Suicide Notes Suicide Notes. by Michael Thomas Ford To read e-books on the BookShout App, download it on: iPhone/iPad · Android.

Make that the psychiatric ward. With the nutjobs. Clearly, this is all a huge mistake. Forget about the ban. Forget about the bandages on his wrists and the notes on his chart. Forget about his problems with his best friend, Allie, and her boyfriend, Burke. Jeff's perfectly fine, perfectly normal, not like the other kids in the hospital with him.

Now they've got problems. But a funny thing happens as his forty-five-day sentence drags on: Compelling, witty, and refreshingly real, Suicide Notes is a darkly humorous novel from award-winning author Michael Thomas Ford that examines that fuzzy line between "normal" and the rest of us.

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Return to Book Page. Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford. Forget about the ban I'm not crazy. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 14th by HarperTeen first published October 1st More Details Original Title.

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Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Suicide Notes , please sign up. Wow, this seems super fucking albiest. The description insists that Jeff's "perfectly fine, perfectly normal" because as we all know, if you've been institutionalized, or are neurodivergent, you're abnormal, weird, crazy, and totally not 'fine'.

Way to lose a reader before you even get into the first chapter? 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 …more 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 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. What does that say about you, huh?

See all 6 questions about Suicide Notes…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Maja The Nocturnal Library. Believe it or not, this is actually a really funny book. You wouldn't think so based on the title and the subject, but year-old Jeff will have you laughing out loud throughout his story.

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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 Believe it or not, this is actually a really funny book.

Neither will the various patients who come and go who keep wanting to fool around with him in the wee hours of the night. All Jeff wants to do is to do his time and to get home--partly because his sister Amanda might call dibs on his vacant room. And he does not want to talk about what happened with his best friend Allie, and how their relationship changed after she started dating her boyfriend Burke.

The novel is set up so that each chapter follows a single day in Jeff's day treatment program. As the narrator, Jeff is hilariously dead-pan, self-deprecating, and easy to listen to. He is also kind, curious, confused, and sad beneath the typical teenage guy "I'm fine" attitude, but this takes a little while to come out. What's really interesting about the book being from Jeff's point of view is that the author reveals Jeff's avoidance and self-delusion without our main character really being aware of it, which is a pretty neat trick.

And it's all all done with a deft hand and an unerring eye for genuine emotion. I'm still undecided as to whether I should go into detail about what this book is actually about, but I will say that it's pretty important that readers who go into this story are fairly open-minded.

In the middle of the drama involving the various patients at the hospital, there are frank discussions about and depictions of suicide, abuse, identity, sexuality, and self-loathing that are realistically and honestly portrayed.

I did, however, appreciate the author's choice to make Jeff's secret both more complex and less of an extreme situation view spoiler [i. The confusion and embarrassment and hurt and fear can sometimes be enough. Maybe I can convince my parents to move to France. No one in France cares if you tried to kill yourself. In fact, I think they like you better because you're all tragic. It's not like I've never jacked off.

I'm fifteen years old. Of course I do it. Any guy who says he doesn't is lying. That would be like having the coolest video game ever and never playing it. No one's that stupid. I worried about this boy and his denial about himself and I was anxious about whether the people in his life would accept him. We don't get to read stories like this nearly often enough, but they are such an important part of the human experience and I hope we'll see more of them.

I also really appreciated the hopeful and optimistic tone that this novel takes, however. It's nice to be reminded not only that there are kids out there who are hurting, but also that there are people out there who care.

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Sep 10, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

No reason behind it, he doesn't have problems He's your classic untrustworthy narrator. So suicide Despite the premise, it is surprisingly light in tone and spiced throughout with humor.

In fact, up until about the halfway point, I thought that the narrative might have been a tad too flippant and casual to the point where I was actually beginning to become a little disenchanted. Turns out the author had just set me up, waited for my guard to drop and then coldcocked me right in the blood pump. Once the pieces started falling into place and the heart yanking had commenced, I gained a whole new perspective for the book However, the writing is good and carries the story well I will just say that this is a book I would recommend both teenagers despite some very frank language and sexuality and their parents as I think Ford does an excellent job of realistically portraying teens struggling through life-changing moments.

Whether or not you personally relate to Jeff, I think this is a pretty universal story about what it means to be a teen and try to find your place in the cold, chaotic cacophony of the world.

I was also very impressed that the author did not stoop to overt sentimentality. No, the strength of the novel lies with the story itself. A story of honest reflections. A story very well told by Mr. A surprisingly good book. Highly Recommended. View all 29 comments.

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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 loved Sadie, she is a fellow inmate with Jeff and a few others.

I enjoyed all of the characters. I loved little Martha, I felt so, so bad for her upon reading her story. Jeff is a pretty comical dude.

He says a lot of crazy stuff and he calls his Dr. His real name is Dr. I would stick with Cat Poop. Some of Jeff's random thoughts: There are five of us. In the fun house, I mean. Well, five kids. There are a bunch of adult whack-jobs, too, but they have their own ward. We get our very own Baby Nuthouse all to ourselves. It's just like at Thanksgiving, when all the kids get sent to the little table in the corner.

No turkey legs for us. Just the parts no one else wants. Like giblets. I was already imagining Principal Matthews giving the morning announcement. He won't talk about it to anyone. He won't talk about it in group or with the doctor. He slowly hints at things to Sadie over time. They are really good friends in there. Jeff has to come to accept himself and his sexuality and not let them get to him. With the help from family and his doctor he just might get through all of this.

I really wish people were more accepting of people. I've been thinking about that ever since. 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 seem so bad? Maybe I am, but I have to say, I don't feel lucky. For one thing, I'm stuck in this pit. And 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 lifeor even an okay lifeto you might not be so okay for the person living it.

No truer words have been said. I can totally relate to Jeff in certain ways as I have some of the same mental issues. I thought this was a really good book.

Melissa Martin's Reading List View all 30 comments. Dec 20, Nancy rated it it was amazing Recommended to Nancy by: Trust me; this story is not nearly as depressing as it sounds. Katzrupus, also known as Cat Poop, about what made him try to kill himself.

The story takes a more serious turn when Jeff gradually opens up to Cat Poop, and details of his family life, his friendships, the events that led to his suicide attempt, and the reason for it begin to unfold. His thoughts, feelings, confusion and pain all rang true and brought me back to my own teenage years.

I would highly recommend this story to teens that are gay, straight, or somewhere in between, and to adults who remember what it was like, or just want to understand.

View all 25 comments. 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? Despite the title and despite the blurb this was a quite entertaining read. At least not like the other kids there, who seem to be nuts. He has to participate in individual counselling sessions with Dr. Katzrupus whom he nicknames Dr. Cat Poop and in group counselling with some of the other patients.

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Jeff is not depressed. This novel is not only about suicide. I really liked how the author structured the book. I really liked how balanced the story was. I really had to know more about Jeff and why did he want to commit suicide. In the first half we met the other patients in the psychiatric ward. In the second half we get to know Jeff better, his relationship with his sister I loved them together and their banter and his parents, his relationship with his best friend Allie and why he wanted to commit suicide.

Jeff was a very vivid character. His voice was so honest and his growth as character is fantastically done. I loved his characterization.

He can be sweet and gentle, thoughtful and compassionate. At least not yet. I have to say I loved his sarcasm and his cynicism.

View all 44 comments. View 2 comments. Feb 24, Flannery rated it really liked it Shelves: It feels a little weird to say that I felt a book about a day program in a juvenile psychiatric unit was really funny.

But it was—in parts.

Jeff introduces us to the other young adults in the unit, some of whom come and go during his stay. He also h It feels a little weird to say that I felt a book about a day program in a juvenile psychiatric unit was really funny. He also has to see a psychiatrist during his time in the program, the delightful Dr.

I mean, Jeff is in this program solely to figure out what his issues are. These are his journal entries we are reading. And it all felt real—I felt anxious with him, sad for him, mortified with him, and so hopeful that maybe it would all work out.

The relationship he had with his sister made me laugh the most, though. Katzrupus was a highlight as well. Just putting that out there.

View all 4 comments. 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: The story starts with Jeff waking up in the psych ward of an hospital, after having attempted suicide.

He's supposed to spend 6 weeks being treated there and to understand the reasons why he hurt himself. Despite being told in 1st person POV, Jeff is in self-denial and does not want to acknowledge the origin of his problems or what really happened that led to him taking such a definitive and desperate action.

So we, the readers, are completely left in the dark about pretty much everything that took place before him being hospitalized. But slowly, as Jeff gradually comes around and faces the bitter consequences of what he's done, we discover bits and pieces of the puzzle that eventually will give him, and consequently us, realization of his real problem. I know this sounds really vague but it's better to discover Jeff's motives by reading this book.

I really liked this narrative strategy, it spurs the reader to go on keeping the interest high and makes the discoveries all the more dramatic. Aside from the heavy theme of the book, be warned that there are some sex scenes which put this book in the more adult section of the YA genre.

Pretty graphic and raw, too. Yet, I wish this book were read by all teens and I hope by the time my kids will grow up I will still remember this book, so that I can give it to them to read. Highly recommended. View all 5 comments.

Nov 13, LenaRibka rated it really liked it Shelves: 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'd finished it.

Probably my favourite of this author for now and for sure one of my favourite books of this year. And now Suicide Notes , a YA novella.

Totally different story. And you know what? Michael Thomas Ford wrote it with a such skilful feeling of lightness and freshness as if he has never written nothing else in his life than YA books. And I would have probably skipped it if my gaze hadn't incidentally caught the genre that 34 readers at least it was so many at that moment defined this book into.

Is it supposed to be funny?! Now I know-YES.

But not only. I have always believed that some serious things are more impressive if they are told not with an iron face. And I'm glad that the author chosen this form of telling. I LOVE the characters that have a sense of humour, I adore the authors who can skilfully use their unique sense of humour as an ingenious tool in their books.

Michael Thomas Ford is one of them. After he tried to commit suicide. So it is not a story that ends with a suicide. OMG, can I say it this way? He HAS to spend 45 days in the psychiatric ward. With another patients. But Jeff is not crazy. The other-yes, they're nuts, but not Jeff. All he wants is to get out of there and forget this incident.

He is not going to do this stuff like a group therapy, these silly psychotherapeutic sessions and answering the stupid questions! But he can drive his doc up the wall and force him to threw him out. He is here by mistake, it is as clear as day. It is what he believes. But is it really so?

And WHY did he cut his wrists? I see this book not only as a very entertaining read, it is a tiny but significant contribution to a very serious topic. I've read some reviews, and I can't understand the statements like "nobody has to kill himself because of being gay in our modern time.

The truth is - it's easy to talk how easy it is to be smart if you're 40 years old. Jeff is And in spite of his big mouth, he is just an insecure teenager who feels and knows that he is different, but who doesn't have enough life experience and guts to make the right conclusions and decision to handle perfectly all those different and painful situations in his teeny life.

Besides this book is not about a sudden realizing of being gay. But I'm talking too much. Ignore me. Just read this book. And make me happy loving it. Please, love it. Thank you. View all 40 comments. Dec 19, Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 Jeff isn't crazy. While Jeff spends the next forty-five days in the hospital under a special care program, he slowly starts to meet new people and realize why he's there in the first place. The two books are completely different, but they gave me that special feeling you get sometimes when you read a really great book, like "why do I spend all this time reading subpar books when I could be reading books like this?

Even though the title and dust jacket are a bit dry and seem to be a typical YA fare Suicide Notes is completely different.

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It's edgy, honest, real, and provocative. Jeff is snide, sarcastic, and funny as a whip. I laughed out loud various times in the book due to really hilarious scenes and also because Jeff mentions a wide variety of objects and ideas that really come out of nowhere. What makes this even better is that Ford kept me laughing even though the entire plot itself was supposed to be depressing. He writes it well enough to keep me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. Actually, it only took me about three-four hours to read Suicide Notes.

The small pages might have contributed to that a little bit, but I think it's because the book is just compulsively readable. I seriously could not put it down, even when I felt my treadmill calling my name. I just had to know what happens to Jeff, what he's going through, the next big event. The plot speed was just right - it moves fast, but nothing is rushed.

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One more thing great about this book is that Jeff was an awesome character, inside and out. Although you might figure out the big "secret" ahead of time, the other plot devices kept me occupied and yearning for more.

Jeff never became out of character for no reason, and just the emotional framework of his perspective really drew me in. I would highly recommend this book to basically everyone, but there are just a few scenes I know older adults or really strict librarians would frown upon even though they don't take awhile from the book at all.

View all 6 comments. Mar 17, Richard Derus rated it it was ok. 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? No no no. Poke me with a fork, I'm done. This work is licensed under Rating: View all 21 comments. Mar 30, Natalie Monroe rated it really liked it Shelves: Eating disorders, suicides, rape 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, 4. Boy, was that a whole different bucket of depression. Let's hear it for bad life choices. Suicide Notes is unlike any YA issue-driven contemporary I have ever read.

For one, it's funny. Could I maybe have some study time first? I wouldn't want to bring the curve down for the whole class or anything. The MC, Jeff, is delightfully snarky. Usually for these kinds of books, the main character's thoughts are scattered and disorientated and often, you feel as though you're sloughing through of a swamp of purple metaphors.

Or they're so filled of self-deprecating hatred, you cringe.

It's written in purple prose too, by the way. It seems to be a general rule. Jeff isn't like that. He basically blows all the preconceptions and stereotypes of suicidal people out of the water. He doesn't write sad poetry or listen to death metal.

He wasn't bullied regularly and has good relationships with his family. He's simply your average sarcastic teenage boy can I get a what-what for Percy Jackson? Then one day, something happened and he broke. Parents will freak about this, but sometimes it just happens without warning. You can insure against a car crash and a fire, but you can't insure against life.

The writing is simple, but effective. It actually feels like the narrator is talking to you and telling you the story, and it's a writing style I appreciate. At the same time, it contains snippets of the sort of unexpected metaphors you'd find in The Book Thief. I mean, what's the truth? Planes falling out of the sky. Buses blowing up and ripping little kids into millions of pieces. Twelve-year-olds raping people and then shooting them in the head so they can't tell.

I can't watch the news anymore or look at the papers. It's like whoever sits up there in Heaven has this big bag of really crappy stuff, and once or twice a day she or he reaches in and sprinkles a little bit of it over the world and makes everything crazy, like fairy dust that's past its expiration date.

Only the ball was really radioactive, and they all died from the poison. The poison comes out, and you die, even though you have beautiful glowing pieces of blue truth in your fingers. The mystery of why Jeff decided to kill himself is handled very well. It's not like in The Maze Runner , where they dangle the truth tantalizingly in front of your face, but never let you know.

It's done right, with foreshadowing and hints and you can piece it together along the way. I admit I "Yes! The ending left too many loose threads for my taste though. All recent searches will be deleted. Cancel Remove. Watch fullscreen. Ben Palma. 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 bandages on his wrists and the notes on his chart.

Forget about his problems with his best friend, Allie, and her boyfriend, Burke. Jeff's perfectly fine, perfectly normal, not like the other kids in the hospital with him. Now they've got problems. But a funny thing happens as his forty-five-day sentence drags on—the crazies start to seem crazy. Compelling, witty, and refreshingly real, Suicide Notes is a darkly humorous novel from award-winning author Michael Thomas Ford that examines that fuzzy line between normal and the rest of us.

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