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There was a party. There was a fight. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs and a suicide note: To figure out what happened, Sam has to rely on the playlist and his own memory. And maybe have a chance to change his own.
This is the username that Astrid secretly used on Gchat to make Sam think he was going crazy. I am not shitting you. He looks at his bed and there is the wizard, in full people size, just chillaxing away. He looks at where the figurine usually sits and it is gone. He looks back to the bed and full size person wizard is gone, and then back to the shelf where the figurine is now sitting again.
No, that isn't going to cut it. I am still angry and it's been a day since I finished this. Lastly, the attacks around town on the bully trifecta. Hayden literally thinks he's going crazy, blacking out, and beating up Hayden's tormentors a la super hero style. Then he thinks Hayden has come back from the dead and is taking care of business himself.
He is freaking out. He thinks the cops are after him because everyone is saying he did it. He is losing sleep. He is tracking people down and interrogating them like a bona fide fifteen year old copper. It is really annoying. She says she's doing this because Ryan dumped her in her time of need, because they ruined Athena's shot at love, because they outed her bff. Sam is furious because she didn't do all of this for Hayden's revenge.
Then she backpedals and exclaims that it was ALL for Hayden! Now Sam is just pissed that she hurt people. They can longer be together. But he's going to spend the next year pining after her and thinking of giving her a mixed cd. Ah, young romance that makes me want to barf all over the place.
This just did not work for me in one single way. How did this awesome looking cover hold such SHIT inside of it? View all 32 comments. En resumen, una novela que me ha resultado aburrida, lenta, demasiado superficial y que no cuaja la mires por donde la mires. View all 5 comments. Oct 12, Sana rated it it was ok Shelves: View all 13 comments. Menos triste de lo que esperaba pero la moraleja del final aunque un poco apresurada muy muy muy linda.
Bastante recomendado. Jan 04, Dayla rated it it was amazing Shelves: Review also appeared on my blog: Book Addict I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review First thing's first: Dear Michelle Falkoff, I would like to thank you for writing such an intensely honest novel about the after-effects of teen suicide. Thank you for giving us a character who dealt with his best friend's death in his own way and not in the way expected of him.
Thank you for showing us how there are various ways of dealing with the unexpected and sudden death of some Review also appeared on my blog: Thank you for showing us how there are various ways of dealing with the unexpected and sudden death of someone that is loved even if he didn't believe so , and how grief can affect everyone differently.
Thank you for the ridiculously honest quote from Sam, the protagonist, when he is faced with multiple people claiming that Hayden's death was their fault--"Because if none of us is a hundred percent responsible, then it's probably just as likely that none of us could have stopped this from happening" Falkoff is probably one of the most honest and raw quotes I've read regarding teen suicide and survivor's guilt.
Lastly, thank you so much for a playlist that not only helped me understand what Hayden and Sam felt while the music shaped the story, but helped me understand Hayden in a way Sam might never be able to.
I felt like it was such a relevant story, not just because teen suicide is a very serious issue right now, but because of the book I read not to long ago: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. While the latter dealt with living with depression that could potentially lead to suicide, the former was the story of life as a survivor of someone else's suicide. I particularly liked the uniqueness of how the story was delivered and how it helped in setting the mood.
Sam is a brilliant character because though he flirts with the line that separates the expected and the unexpected, he still manages to deal with his grief in a way unique to him. After his best friend's death, he is like a ghost wandering the halls--which really isn't any different than before.
He doesn't lie about the fact that he is angry and that he blames himself which is normal , but he also doesn't suddenly change the way he is in order to forget everything that's happened. Sam treats his situation like it's a mystery to be solved and while this is clearly a way of dealing with his loss, I find the idea of him actually trying to see why his best friend is dead so different than the usual "We will never know how he felt and why he chose to end it all" approach.
Like Sam, at the beginning of the novel we're faced with this horrible situation and a cast of characters that all have something to say. While Sam tries to find a voice for Hayden, he hears the voices of other people who could one day love him. The romance is unconventional, given the timing, but then again one has to consider that this could also be something that is unique to this story.
Though the romantic aspect of the storyline just kind of happens, it does help in giving Sam's story a bit of hope and lightness. The progression is a bit awkward and quick, but again, it kind of adds to the whole recklessness of Sam trying to find out exactly why Hayden did what he did. The synopsis comments on The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and I totally see it--especially when you consider that the people Sam meets could be classified as misfits.
But again, like Charlie, the budding friendships that Sam encounters are full of the mystery and sadness that can only be brought on by a shared loss, or a hidden and unspoken pain or longing.
The playlist was awesome. Of course, I didn't like all of the songs, but there were a few specific ones that really got to me. The idea of songs as title headings for each chapter is an awesome idea, especially when the reader is being shown a storyline sparked by a playlist.
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By being the title headings, the songs are also more obvious and carry more weight than the other songs featured within the chapters. It's like Sam is reaching out to the reader to help him solve the mystery, which turns out to be a nice little twist at the end.
I would definitely recommend this book to readers looking for a thought-provoking, albeit slightly depressing read. The characters are quirky, but the messages are clear. Happy reading! View all 4 comments. Dec 27, Kimi Geeky Chiquitas rated it did not like it. These are really big claims, and I was at first skeptical, naturally, but in the end I decided to give this a try. While I did not exactly like The Spectacular Now all that much, I did adore Perks a lot, and so I had great expectations for this book.
Sadly, it was so different from what I expected and I'm really really disappointed with how this book turned out. It's sad because there isn't really anything in particular that I would want to point out or rant about with this book.
I just felt so unattached to it, and the whole time I was reading this I just had this meh look on my face, like I totally did not care for the characters or the story at all.
This book could have had really great potential but it so lacks the emotional depth that I was looking for. For a story that tackles themes of death, suicide and love, it really fell short for me. From the title, I honestly thought that this book would center and revolve a lot on music as a clue to find out why Hayden killed himself. However, the music plays such an insubstantial role, if it has any role at all, and we find out in the end that the playlist doesn't actually have anything to do with Hayden's death.
So what was the point of the whole playlist anyway? And why do they make it out like it's such a big deal, by putting Playlist on the title? And it's not even for the dead anyway, it's just supposedly a playlist that explains Hayden's decision to kill himself - and then it actually doesn't. So what gives? There are also a lot of storylines opened - a romance storyline, a mystery storyline, a coming-of-age storyline but they all remain messy and unresolved in the ending.
The romance is a bit unnecessary and random for me, like I was okay with it, but I didn't really care about it all that much, and I didn't know what it's supposed to contribute to the overall plot. The mystery part is so strange and weird and all the paranormal ghost elements that are introduced at the beginning go nowhere and simply brushed off as Sam's imagination or something, in the end.
Hayden's reason for killing himself is never really discussed, and I find this a big problem. I have no problem with how the book portrays romantic relationships as this big life pursuit that is worth killing yourself for, but I needed an explanation or at least, a discussion, because this is pretty serious thing, and putting this in a novel entails some responsibility to the readers to at least clear up some of these issues.
What sucks about this book and why I'm only giving it one star is because I was kinda excited about it, and then I read it, and I wasn't anymore.
I don't really care much for the story or the characters, and that's why this has a lower rating than other books that I hated, like really hated, because at least for those, I actually felt something for the book and had something ranty to say - but for this one, I'm literally at loss for words because that's how much this book didn't impact me.
Sep 30, Kristina Lenarczyk rated it it was ok. Feb 13, Chuddchutney Buana rated it it was amazing. This book sucked me into it like a sand pit I finished it in only 2 days. Reading this because I took some Buzzfeed quiz of which particular new book that should be my next read.. I am always a sucker for a story that use pop culture as a plot device, and this book, with each chapter introduced one song each that drive the narratives forward, are in This book sucked me into it like a sand pit I finished it in only 2 days.
I am always a sucker for a story that use pop culture as a plot device, and this book, with each chapter introduced one song each that drive the narratives forward, are in no shortage of that. I just kept going and going to see which song will appear in the next chapter and the fact that the author and me has a similar taste of music truly helps.
Let's just say one of my favorite film theme song and one artist of what I think is one of the most underrated female singer in the world make an appearances Oh and even though the prose is ain't on Green or Levithan level, but the story is quite bleak for a YA novel, which means it also hit my other spot.
View 2 comments. Mar 04, MRB rated it really liked it. Actual rating: And some of it will be helpful, and some of it will be annoying, and lots of it will get on your nerves. But they're saying it because they found it helpful when they lost someone. They mean well. Jul 01, TL rated it really liked it. You never really know someone until you listen 3. While I didn't outright cry my eyes out, I did feel for Sam and everyone around him A couple times my perceptions of a character were flipped from what it was be You never really know someone until you listen 3.
A couple times my perceptions of a character were flipped from what it was before, and I understood them better even if I didn't approve of what they did.
The playlist included in the chapter headings adds to the mood of the story Alot were from people I had heard of but never listened to. I will be downloading them all eventually and perhaps I'll understand more why they were chosen by Hayden. Astrid was an interesting girl with her own secrets to tell. I knew something was up with her when she befriended Sam and that there some things she was holding back out of respect, and some nervousness perhaps.
At point I had a feeling she view spoiler [might be involved with what was going on with the attacks on the bully trifecta. The romance isn't over the top, it's subtle and cute and doesn't overwhelm the overall story. At first it seemed a bit too soon for me and I never fully connected to it, but it wasn't rushed and unfolded well.
Sam's emotional state was well done I think I can't imagine how I would react if the same happened to me. I just wanted to give him a big hug and just sit there with him, even if he didn't feel like talking. I'm glad Sam found some people to talk to one being view spoiler [Jimmy, Rachel's boyfriend hide spoiler ] and the other Mr.
I was glad Mr. Beaumont didn't give up on Sam: A heartfelt book that I would recommend Nov 07, Meli rated it liked it. That ending ruined everything, it could have been a lot more, a lot deeper. Review to come. His best and only, friend Hayden has just committed suicide, and all he has left, as a suicide note, is a playlist, with 27 songs on it.
As he tries to decipher the playlist he learns more and more about Hayden's life and the people in it. He realises that even though Hayden was hi That ending ruined everything, it could have been a lot more, a lot deeper. He realises that even though Hayden was his only friend Hayden had a life he didn't share, and when he opens up to these people, he starts to discover more and more about why Hayden killed himself.
He meets Astrid along his journey, who seems a bit wild at first, but as you get to know her better you realise she is more than she seems. The book isn't like what it says. This book could have been a friend coping with the grief of his best friend committing suicide. The book has been compared to 13 reasons why as Hayden leaves a playlist behind for Sam to understand - for me it was like oh yay each song will have a memory or piece of the puzzle which will break the mystery - but no the book wasn't that deep.
Somehow I feel the concept of suicide is being romanticised and not dealt with. The characters were very unrealistic for me to absorb, for example, if I talk about Hayden, he lived a pretty decent life. According to what we know his parents preached "Hayden, what are your grades? Forget that - they knew he is dyslexic and yet they were talking like that?
I am like uh-what? Hayden never wanted to meet anyone new, yet he had two secret friends that he never told his BFF about because Because I will tell you - The author wanted to kill him and now everyone in the book thinks it's their fault.
The characters were under developed and bleh! And most importantly - After these conversations start, there is this little wizard figurine that Sam bought to remind him of Hayden is sitting on Sam's bed and then he is gone. The only part I liked was just thrown under the bus for no god damn reason - or maybe the author had plans of explaining but was just like oh yeah I got bored though.
Hayden literally thinks he's going crazy or has dual personality or something - which by the way could have been cool - or maybe where Eric was actually Hayden's boyfriend and he was bullied because he was gay? I think my interpretation as to how the book could have ended were much better than the book itself!
Also I didn't like Astrid as much- she was annoying me. Didn't like the book much, loved the cover - I am giving it 2. View 1 comment. This brings me to the storyline of this book. It was enjoyable, but again, not very extraordinary like I expected. It was very predictable. I think younger readers would be able to relate very easily.
Some things had way more potential. For example Hayden. I wish there were some flashbacks in his point of view. I think that would have brought more appreciation. I think my expectations were a bit too high. Oct 21, Jennifer rated it it was ok. I dont think I've ever felt so conflicted about a book. This book, to me, only. I read this book in one sitting, and its currently 2: I thought it was really fast paced - which I liked. However, the playlist seemed kind of pointless.
I wasnt exactly sure why it was there, and it didnt add a lot to the experience. Also, I felt so disconnected from the ch I dont think I've ever felt so conflicted about a book. Also, I felt so disconnected from the characters, and I dont really know why I just know that I didnt really feel much of anything this book except at the very beginning. It also isnt that memorable of a book for me. Overall, this book was okay. Thats the problem. I dont really feel anything after finishing it, and I dont really know what to say because while it wasnt a terrible book it also wasnt good.
The ending wrapped up a little too conveniently for my tastes Oct 16, Abbie rated it really liked it Shelves: He was a geek, he had one friend, and his parents were never supportive of him.
Then there was an incident at a party and he decided to commit suicide The next morning Hayden's best friend Sam finds his dead body and a playlist of songs dedicated to him.
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As Sam tries to understand the life his best friend lived he must also reflect on the person he has become. I liked this book although there were slow moments in the book. I liked Sam's character and the secre 3. I liked Sam's character and the secrets that unfolded near the end. I felt bad for Hayden however, I didn't think that he should have killed himself after the incident. Suicide is never the answer it isn't an escape. There are people who will help you if you try to reach out to them. God would never let you face your troubles alone.
Anyway, I would recommend this book to anyone willing to give it a try. Un 2,5 en realidad. Ha sido entretenida y tiene muy buenos personajes, pero ha fallado bastante en la sorpresa que intenta dar, que para mi ha sido previsible desde casi el principio.
Jul 01, Dark Faerie Tales rated it liked it Shelves: A suicide playlist. Opening Sentence: All my years of watching TV made me think it was possible you could find a dead body and not know it until you turned the person over and found the bullet hole or stab wound or whatever.
The Review: Who needed a group? What was so bad about having one best friend, anyway? I missed Hayden as much as I had since he died. In this book, each chapter begins with a song from the playlist Hayden left Sam; basically his suicide note. Sam listens to the playlist almost obsessively trying to figure out why Hayden resorted to such a measure.
I enjoyed listening to each of these songs via YouTube as I started each chapter and found that, despite the overall ominous taste, I quite enjoyed a few! I feel like this subject has been explored a lot recently.
It also highlighted the seriousness of depression and how important it is to try and listen to other people; sometimes even the smallest act of kindness can help. Notable Scene: What did he expect me to say?
That we were both socially awkward misfits? What else am I supposed to say? HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Playlist for the Dead.
Along the lines of Gone Too Far and Thirteen Reasons Why, comes another book about death, self-discovery and of course, a shit ton of mystery. And just like these others, Playlist of The Dead is a very, very memorable book. Not only because of its unique concept, but because of a certain Sam Goldsmith.
And with it, a note: For Sam. As far as MCs go, Sam was a character I could completely sympathize with. His anger and pain and longing for his best friend were all clearly laid out for the readers to see. And successfully portraying the vulnerability of a teenage boy dealing with a sorrow of this magnitude?
The romance angle in the book is the only thing that put me off the book. The girl? She was a big, fat NOPE for me all throughout the book. And once things with her and Sam started to settle down, and he made new friends and discovered old truths was the exact time I figured out the end of the novel. Like I said, bummer. But whatever. No book is perfect. And that seemed to be a common complaint.
The music was definitely an integral part of the book but I think Miss Falkoff managed to not take the emphasis away from the book completely. The writing, like I mentioned, was a complete winner. Again, the ending of the book disappointed me greatly because a I knew the whats and the whos long before the book ended and b I really think the whos of the book got off really easy.
All in all, a total winner on the writing and character front, a tad bit predictable but eh. This did not in any way, however, influence the content of this review. Sep 10, Gisbelle rated it really liked it Shelves: Single Sam Writing: First Person Past Tense Setting: Iowa Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction This was an emotional and such a tough read for me.
Suicide is just not right up my alley. Though, I have to admit the writing did make the whole thing more tolerable for me. Still, it was quite a sad story about bullying, death, revenge and finding peace of mind. What I liked most about this book was storyline itself.
From the beginning there were a lot of questions that I needed answers to which made reading this book a thrilling experience. The suspense and a little clues given a long the way were just really the right combination. The ending was spectacular, as I didn't see that coming, but it completely made perfect sense. All I can say is that the book ended beautifully. I thought the song title at the begin of each chapter was really nice.
Those songs added more raw emotions to the book. However, I did wish there was more explanation on how those songs revealed the reason why Hayden chose to end his life. As for the characters, I have no complaint because I just loved them all.
Saw was pretty interesting geeky character. Most of the times, he was so secluded, but when he became more confident, I just loved him more.
I liked getting to know the real Sam and witnessing him making new friends. The writing was great - nice and smooth. I did find the pace was a little slow as times, but overall it moved quite well.
With the intense emotions and whatnot, I kind of liked that the book didn't rush toward the ending. To wrap it all up, this one was a winner in my opinion. The writing, the plots, and the characters were spot-on.
I'm certain that a lot of people will enjoy this book as much as I did, if not more. I really wanted to like this book, and I didn't totally hate reading it but I cannot say it was good. The idea had a lot of potential but it absolutely fell flat. It is exciting, the plot leaves you guessing but it feels very standard. I did enjoy reading it a bit, so I feel bad that my rating fell so low but I enjoyed it perhaps in part because of how bad it was.
The idea of using a playlist was unique but in the end none of the songs mean enough that they needed to be included at all, the entire I really wanted to like this book, and I didn't totally hate reading it but I cannot say it was good. The idea of using a playlist was unique but in the end none of the songs mean enough that they needed to be included at all, the entire book wouldn't change if Hayden had left a series of pictures or books or games or anything else.
The songs are just briefly mentioned and then brushed away. It's pointless and yet it's the selling point for the novel. The book also has a sickening view of romance as the reason to live basically. The few girl characters that exist only exist in their relation to males and are horribly written as nearly one-dimensional tropes. The fact that a woman wrote this book is unfathomable to me.
It's also riddled with mentions that girls are not geeks and don't enjoy those sorts of things. If they do it's fake or they're some sort of precious gem.
There is no satisfying conclusion, huge events are explained away with "I wasn't getting enough sleep,". Characters who deserve to have justice brought to them end up being loved and romanticized because when you're hurt doing anything is okay and completely forgivable.
A novel which had a great chance to be a poignant view of suicide ended up being a messed up romantic mystery that had one of the least satisfying conclusions I have ever seen.
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