October 2008 Indie Next List
“Everybody knows what 15-year-old Jeff did, but only he knows why. After being sent to a psychiatric ward, he struggles to convince the entire floor he doesn't belong there. Only sessions with Dr. 'Cat Poop' will tell if he belongs with the rest of the 'nuts.'”
— Tori Thompson, Booksmart, Morgan Hill, CA
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 onthe crazies start to seem less 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.
About the Author
Michael Thomas Ford is the author of the teen novel Suicide Notes as well as several essay collections and adult novels, including Jane Bites Back. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and their five dogs.
Praise for Suicide Notes: “With a sprinkling of dark humor and a full measure of humanness, Suicide Notes is quirky, surprising, and a riveting read.”
-Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of Fallout and Crank
“Make(s) a powerful emotional impact.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Jeff’s journey is wittily unique, balancing a fresh voice and a uniquely realistic character with comedy and seriousness.”
“Jeff’s wit and self-discovery are refreshing, poignant, and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny.”
-School Library Journal
“Like the very best teen novels, Suicide Notes is both classic and edgy, timeless and provocative.”
-Brent Hartinger, author of Geography Club and The Last Chance Texaco
“This book is equal parts hilarious, bittersweet, and strange. You will love every page of it.”
-Scott Heim, author of Mysterious Skin and We Disappear