Reviews by Tag: suicide

Teen Review
Thirteen Reasons Why book cover

Thirteen Reasons Why

By Jay Asher
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Bella P.
May 24, 2024

Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why is a Young Adult Fiction novel that tells the haunting story of Hannah Baker—a teenage girl who recently committed suicide and left behind thirteen self-recorded cassette tapes in the hands of the novel’s main character, Clay Jensen. Clay’s intense desire for closure drives him to seek out the truth regarding the events that contributed to her decision to take her own life.

Teen Review
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

By Jennifer Niven
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
TeenReviewer11
Jul 19, 2023

All the Bright Places is a novel by Jennifer Niven. Theodore Finch is captivated by the idea of death, while Violet Markey yearns to graduate high school and begin college in order to get away from her sister’s death. Finch and Violet first cross each other’s paths on a bell tower at school. Finch saves Violet’s life, which sparks an unexpected friendship. The two become partners for their history project, which asks the students to explore their home state of Indiana.

Teen Review
The Silence That Binds Us

The Silence That Binds Us

By Joanna Ho
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Mariam S.
Jan 3, 2023

The Silence That Binds Us is a story of protest and tragedy. At the start of her junior
year, May is still grappling with the suicide of her brother, Danny several months ago. At her
California school’s Junior Jam a parent stands up to blame her Asian parents and other
immigrants for what happened to Danny and several other teens, saying they create a
high-pressure environment and lead to these tragedies. Infuriated by these accusations about

Teen Review
Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Fighting Words

By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Aadit G.
Jun 14, 2022

Rating: 4.5

My rating for this book is a 4.5 because the book has an awesome story and I think it really was an awesome book. This book emotionally hooks you to the point where you don't want to put the book down anymore.

Summary:

This is about two girls named Della and Suki who are sisters. They always loved each other and protected each other no matter what happened. They find out that their mom takes drugs and their life is suddenly unpredictable.

Recommendation:

Teen Review
Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Fighting Words

By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Shreya A.
Mar 1, 2022

Fighting Words is an inspiring and eye-opening realistic fiction novel by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. This book is about a 10-year-old girl named Della, and her sister Suki. Della and Suki’s mom had been sent to prison for blowing up a motel bathroom while cooking meth. Della and Suki go into foster care, where they meet Francine. Suki hurts herself, Della fights for what’s right, and both siblings decide to testify against their childhood abuser.

Teen Review
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman

By Arthur Miller
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Dec 13, 2021

Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, can fit into the Tragedy/Drama/Fiction genres.  Willy Loman returns back home, while listening to a sweet flute. He realizes that he is a failure, as a father and a husband. Willy’s sons, Happy and Biff, are not successful, and Willy's career is falling. Biff, who constantly argues with his father, has nothing to say to him, even after coming back to his hometown. However, after one incident, everything changes.

Teen Review
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

The Astonishing Color of After

By Emily X.R. Pan
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Emily B.
Oct 21, 2021

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan is a coming-of-age story that follows teenager Leigh Chen Sanders as she deals with the aftermath of her mother’s suicide. Shortly after her mother’s death, Leigh believes that she has been visited by her mother- in the form of a bird. She is convinced that she will be able to see her once again if she journeys to Taiwan to meet her grandparents.

Teen Review
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

The Astonishing Color of After

By Emily X.R. Pan
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Lisa J.
Oct 7, 2020

After 15-year-old Leigh Chen Sanders finds that her mother has committed suicide, her world is turned upside down. However, after seeing a huge red bird with her mother’s voice, Leigh is positive that her mother’s spirit is still in this world. Grief-stricken, she decides to travel to Taiwan with her father in hopes of solving the puzzle of her mother’s past and finding the elusive bird. While there, Leigh meets her maternal grandparents for the first time and walks down a twisted, complex path of untold stories and unshared memories.

Teen Review

Thirteen Reasons Why

By Jay Asher

Rated by
Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC
Jun 6, 2018

When Hannah Baker, Clay’s classmate and crush, commits suicide, he never expected to hear from her again. But one day a mysterious package shows up on his doorstep full of tapes she recorded before her death explaining the 13 reasons why she did what she did. Clay is one of the reasons, and if he listens, he might find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing town with Hannah as his guide. Now he can finally understand her pain, and as he follows her recorded words across his town, what he discovers might change his life forever.

Staff Review

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By Amanda Maciel
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by Kate M.
Jul 3, 2014

Another beautiful, intelligent, sensitive teenager has killed her self. The media blames the bullies at Emma Putnam's new school that refused to accept her, that kept her on the fringe. The used words like slut and whore, they left notes and signs on her locker, they found her on social media...they drove her to suicide.

But that is just one side of the story.

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