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  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Teen; Reprint edition (7 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060737573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060737573
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suicide Notes Ford delivers a poignant and darkly humorous story about life and the pursuit of happiness. After 15-year-old Jeff wakes up in a hospital psychiatric ward, he's a little fuzzy on how he got there. One thing's for sure--he doesn't belong there. Full description

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 May 2009
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Jeff is fifteen years old, from a good family, and he's just woken up in the psychiatric ward of the hospital.

Over the next month and a half he will take part in group therapy, individual counseling, and even those excruciating sessions with his family. And through all of this, everyone will realize that he didn't really mean to kill himself. Right? It was just a misunderstanding.

His group therapy sessions aren't his favorite; he's only going so that everyone can see how sane he really is. There are four of "them" in his group: Alice, who lit her mom's boyfriend on fire; Juliet, who seems to have no direct relationship with reality; Sadie, who tried to drown herself; and Bone, who primarily just wants the world to know that he doesn't know Juliet and is not her boyfriend.

Jeff tries to make it clear that he is only there because of a misunderstanding. But, it's hard to misunderstand the bandages on his wrists.

Over the next 45 days, Jeff's story will unfold and new pages will be added. Was it really a girl that caused this whole "misunderstanding?" Allie has been his best friend, but was she more than that? Was he jealous of her new boyfriend or did she reject his advances?

And now he has new friendships forming while he's in the hospital, and each of those will test his ability to deal with new pressures and unexpected situations. And may lead him closer to confronting the events that led up to his hospitalization.

Reviewed by: JodiG.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 28 Dec. 2008
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The narrator is in a 'facility' after trying to commit suicide. His story is that of the fellow teenagers who are there with him, his perceptions of them, their view of themselves and his resistance to the efforts of the psychiatrist trying to help him. This is a powerful, funny, tender and moving book - one of Ford's best. Although classed as a book for teenagers, it is really a book for all ages. It chronicles a gradual evolution to painful self-awareness and acceptance. The book's hero is all the more credible because the difficulty for him of being gay is about him, rather than his family, who are loving and sympathetic. This is a book to live on in the mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Merle on 15 Oct. 2013
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It's been a few months since I read it, so can't remember much, but I do remember that I liked it a lot. I read it in a few days, and liked the characters. Very believable. And I suspect much of it is true for the life of the author. And that's not a bad thing. Like they say; Write what you know.
I don't know if I'd read it again, but it was a good story.
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By Lisa on 2 Jun. 2014
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I bought this book for my daughter and she has been so thrilled with this novel. At first, I was sceptical because of the title and was slightly worried about what she may be exposed to, however she was amazed by the novel and has looked into new things by Michael Thomas Ford.

She tells me that the story is extremely captivating and is about a boy called Jeff who awakens in a psych ward and is put onto a 45 day programme where he unveiled what happened to him and why he did what he did to end himself there. She also mentioned that it was actually a very funny book and isn't really another book that is stereotypically about a mental health patient.
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Cheesy title? Pfft, trust me, all that cheese is warranted completely. This book was, in a word, un-put-downable. No I do not care that that is neither a real word nor spelled entirely correctly, but there you go. I ordered it on Monday, and it arrived this afternoon (Wednesday)- I started reading it after dinner, and literally could not put it down until I'd finished it. Utterly gripping, funny, witty, clever...insert appraising adjective here. If you enjoyed the wry humour of Catcher In The Rye and fancy the same thoughtfulness as in Chobosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower, this is the book for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Person on 31 Aug. 2014
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Ironically, words cannot describe my love for this book. It has some amazing plot twists and is generally fantastic. Please buy it - you won't regret it!
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By Saskia on 8 May 2014
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This book was amazing - definitely a new favourite. Written like a true teen and the reveal on why he tried to kill himself is great and pretty unexpected! Some sexual scenes so I'd suggest not for under 13's, but apart from that it's wonderful!! Love it.
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