Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
To be published: January 27, 2015 by Harper Teen
A teenage boy tries to understand his best friend's suicide by listening to the playlist of songs he left behind in this smart, voice-driven debut novel.
Here's what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you'll understand.
As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it's only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.
Part mystery, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale in the vein of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Tim Tharp’s The Spectacular Now, Playlist for the Dead is an honest and gut-wrenching first novel about loss, rage, what it feels like to outgrow a friendship that's always defined you—and the struggle to redefine yourself. But above all, it's about finding hope when hope seems like the hardest thing to find. [goodreads]
I'm a sucker for YA stories involving music, so naturally I added this one to my TBR list because of that. Then when I read the description, I discovered a deeper story that's being told underneath all that music. The line: "what it feels like to outgrow a friendship that's always defined you" truly spoke to me because I feel that's an honest theme that many, no matter what age, can relate to.
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