After her best friend's suicide, Cody goes to pack up Meg's things as a favor her parents. In doing so, she starts investigating what prompted Meg to make the choice that she did.
After his best friend's suicide, Sam listens to a playlist of songs that Hayden left for him and tries to understand.
In the aftermath of her brother's suicide, Lex tries to put her life back together and to deliver a message for her brother.
When Violet, depressed over her sister's accidental death, and Finch, who's struggling with family problems and a mood disorder, meet and then are assigned to a school project, they begin a journey that will encompass friendship, love and loss.
- Three of the books featured main characters whose friend committed suicide, while one main characters lost a sibling (another also lost a sibling, but not to suicide)
- Three of the suicides were male, one was female
- At least three of the characters who took their own lives had been diagnosed with a mood disorder or mental illness.
- At least two of the authors had a personal connection to someone who committed suicide
*I understand that the term "Hispanic" may not be the preferred one in the Latino/a community, but it is the one used by the CDC report.
If you're not up reading for reading all of these books, which one is right for you?
--Read All the Bright Places if you want a John Green-esque story of a larger than life character, and if you want a (tragic) romance -- think Looking for Alaska. I liked the fact that most of this story takes place before the suicide rather than after.
--Read The Last Time We Say Goodbye or Playlist for the Dead if you want a bit of a ghost story feel. In Playlist, this had a bit of a magical realism feel, and in The Last Time, there was more of a psychological explanation.
--The Last Time We Say Goodbye and All the Bright Places explore sibling relationships.
-- I Was Here was the bleakest, but also the most dramatic -- at times it had the bit of a feel of a Law and Order episode. And I would have preferred this book as a friendship story, without the romance.
In case you're interested, here are two more YA upcoming books that, from their descriptions on Goodreads, seem to deal with teen suicide:
What are your thoughts about these kind of books? Have you read any of them, or are you planning to?