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All The Bright Places 

by Jennifer Niven
06/10/2017 Categories: emotions & feelings friendship suicide

This novel is a classic retelling of two misfits who come together and find solace in each other. Together, they fight through their demons as they charge towards normalcy together.
 

I really liked it! I felt that it depicted the daily struggles of people that are plagued with mental illness in a way that both humanizes them and empowers them!
 

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys teen romances with a bit more substance. It is a novel that will keep you thinking.

Hannah, 17

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Thirteen Reasons Why 

by Jay Asher
05/10/2017 Categories: high school drama movie suicide

Thirteen Reasons Why is about a teenage girl who commits suicide. Before she dies she records thirteen tapes, thirteen reasons why she killed her self. Those tapes are then passed to select number of people, until everyone on those tapes has heard them.

I liked this book because it made me realize how much can affect a person. Also how depressing someone can be without showing any signs. I thought it was an emotional book and it was hard to read but it's worth it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about mysteries/crime. Also it's really interesting to read about why someone committed suicide, even if it's just a story. A lot can be learned from reading the book, like how to spot signs of someone who is suicidal.

Sandra, 16

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower  

by Stephen Chbosky
05/03/2017 Categories: high school drama identity movie suicide

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is about a quiet 15 year old named Charlie. The books starts with him writing to an unknown recipient about his life and two traumatic experiences he has gone through. Charlie eventually becomes friends with two seniors and starts experiencing drugs and parties while dealing with his own thoughts and problems.

I really liked this book because it made me think about how many people deal with traumatic experiences. The plot was emotional with some comedy, overall is makes you want to keep reading.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading books about coming of age. But be warned, this book has content that includes: suicide, sexuality, adolescents and drug use.

Sandra, 16

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It's Kind of a Funny Story 

by Ned Vizzini
04/27/2017 Categories: suicide

Craig Gilbert is a 15 year old boy who attends a prestigious high school. He soon starts feeling overwhelmed, starts using pot and becomes depressed with suicidal thoughts. He is then admitted into a hospital where he makes friends and discovers he is good at drawing. At the end, he leaves after learning to appreciate the little things that make him happy.

I really liked this book because it deals with depression and I can relate to how the main character felt overwhelmed over school. It made me think about little things that make me happy and how easy it is to fall into depression without happiness.

I think this book should be read by everyone. I think a lot of people can relate to this book, especially teens. We all need to keep in mind that everyone gets down sometimes and we have the power to help that person, even if it's just talking. 

Sandra, 16

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Me Before You 

by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You is about two people who are nothing alike but fall in love anyway. He is a disabled man who misses his fast-paced life and she is a quirky girl stuck in a boring town. She teaches him that life does not have to be perfect to be good and he teaches her that life is an adventure.

I loved this book, it was thought-provoking and funny at the same time. I laughed and I cried. Any book that can make you feel emotions like that must have been written in such a way as to make you feel like you are part of the story.

If you like tear jerkers and stories about life's imperfections, you would love Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I highly recommend this book to fans of Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl and The Fault in Our Stars.

Amanda, 16

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Thirteen Reasons Why 

by Jay Asher
03/29/2016 Categories: dating drama high school drama suicide

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it laying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate, and crush; who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his their town with Hannah's voice as his guide. He becomes a first -hand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

I liked this book it was very interesting. I also liked the way it was written. The bad thing about it is I can't get it out of my head I just feel sorry for Hannah and it made me see that even the most littlest thing can really affect someone, it was sad.

Yes, I would recommend this books others because it teaches you how a couple of rumors could ruin someone’s life. I think it's a very good book and everyone would like it.

Yessica, 14

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The Treatment 

by Suzanne Young
03/17/2015 Categories: action dystopia romance suicide

The world rests in the hands of two rebels facing a problem that might end life as we know it. The Treatment is a story of two lovers who struggle to stay alive, as they face a suicide epidemic.  

The Treatment is an amazing book because it helps motivate you to not give up, no matter how bad the situation is. I loved the way the author depicted the scenes. The well thought-out descriptions allowed me to imagine what is going on in my head.

I would recommend this book to people ages 14 and older because of its romance. Its uses a lot of sexual content that I believe would be inappropriate to readers less than 14 years old. It also uses inappropriate language.

Sara, 14

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13 Reasons Why 

by Jay Asher

13 Reasons Why

Clay Jensen comes home to find a package addressed to him. In it, he finds casette tapes. When he plays the first one, he learns that they are recordings of Hannah Baker, a girl he had a crush on and who had recently committed suicide. Hannah states that there are 13 reasons why she decided to end her life and Clay is one of them.

13 Reasons Why is an excellent novel. It's a very disheartening story that conveys how much words and actions can affect people, no matter how seemingly insignificant and meaningless the actions may be. Jay Asher's novel, which is written exceptionally, is very haunting, somber, yet interesting and thought provoking.

I would definitely recommend 13 Reasons Why to teens. A myriad of kids these days suffer and witness bullying. Many would be able to relate with the adversities Hannah Baker faced. This story inspires people to act instead of be bystanders because doing nothing also has grave consequences. Although the story is very tragic, it leaves a positive impact on ones life.

CJ, 17

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The Virgin Suicides 

by Jeffrey Eugenides
06/18/2013 Categories: older teens sex suicide

virgin suicidesThe Virgins Suicides is an eerie yet intriguing tale about 5 beautiful sisters who one night decided to kill themselves. The story is told from the perspective of a group of teenage boys who are infatuated with the girls.

The Virgin Suicides is a fantastic book. It is very unique and intriguing. The reader finds themselves as drawn to the girls' lives as the teenage narrators. Eugenides's technique of telling the haunting story of the girls is very masterful. There isn't a part of the novel that readers will find monotonous at all. From the first page to the last, the reader is captivated.

I would recommend the novel to more mature teens. It deals with a very serious subject and it also has some sex and violence. I believe they would enjoy the book because it is written exceptionally and the story is incredibly mysterious and compelling.

CJ, 17

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

by Stephen Chbosky
02/19/2013 Categories: high school drama movie suicide

Perks of Being a WallflowerCharlie is writing to a stranger about his experiences in high school. What Charlie sees and what he endures are many hardships that incidentally make him feel sad.

I loved this book because emotionally you can connect to Charlie when he begins talking about how he feels about high school. Charlie says what your innermost thoughts really are.

This book is great. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a bit on the sad side but an overall a wonderful book.

Liam, 15

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