Posts Categorized: Suicide

Sep 20
Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Leonard Peacock is a high school student on a mission: He brings a gun to his school with the intention to kill a guy named Asher and then himself.  Throughout most of the book, Leonard doesn’t express much emotion.  He approaches his intended date with murder and suicide very methodically.  But before he can complete his final mission, he has a few tasks he must complete.  Leonard seeks out four people to give each a gift to symbolize what that… Read more »


Aug 15
Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Elise was an uncool outcast in her school by the fourth grade.  And she knew it.  As time went by, she feels more and more isolated.  After her freshman year, she decides to make a change.  She wasn’t going to strive to be the most popular girl in school, but she “just needed to not be me anymore.”  How was she going to accomplish this?  By spending the summer studying pop culture and buying clothes deemed fashionable.  Yeah, probably not… Read more »


Aug 12
Review: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Review: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film is being marketed as the next Gone Girl, and I worry that may turn off readers.  Whether you enjoyed Gone Girl or not (I did), the comparison is tiresome.  Aside from the fact that both books feature a mystery, there are no similarities in the stories, and Night Film can stand on its own merits. Ashley Cordova, the daughter of a mysterious and reclusive film director, is found dead in an apparent suicide.  Her death immediately captures the… Read more »


Jun 21
Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

Suzanne Young tackles the topic of teenage suicide in an interesting way.  What if there was a pill that could wipe out the depressing thoughts and memories that lead to suicide?  Would parents fearful of losing their children to suicide be willing to have the children’s memories wiped clean?  In order to buy into The Program, I had to set aside some beliefs and/or known facts about depression and suicide.  For instance: People who are prone to depression may have… Read more »


Apr 05
Review : Dare Me by Meagan Abbott

Review : Dare Me by Meagan Abbott

In “Dare Me,” a group of high school cheerleaders finds their “Queen Bee” status challenged with the arrival of Colette French, their new coach.  The girls had no use and no respect for their previous coach; they “owned” her.  When Coach French enters the girls’ world, she commands their respect.  She breaks them down and whips them into shape.  But cracks soon begin to show in Coach’s professional facade as she crosses boundaries with these girls, inviting them into her… Read more »