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by Michelle Falkoff
Release date: January 27, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
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.
THE QUOTESMany of my favorite quotes are quotes that I can't share with you today because they contain spoilers. SO MANY profound realizations hit characters at the end of this book and those realizations are brilliant! They're the kind that make you clinch your heart because they're that good. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite sharable quotes. Some are cryptic and I apologize for that. Believe me, though, you don't want to be spoiled.
"Can we talk?" - Chapter 26. Three small words that make a BIG impact in this story. I was kind of shocked to hear them!
"I missed him so much I finally didn't even feel bad thinking about it; I just sank into it, let it roll over me in waves." - Chapter 24. This is a feeling that anyone who has lost someone whether that's through a death or a breakup can identify with. Sometimes the pain is so great that it's too much to even think about. It was here that I connected the most with Sam.
"I was starting to get how much the surprise of the gift was part of the fun, sometimes even more so than the present itself." - Chapter 14. I was in a hotel room all by myself when I read this book and scared myself when I yelled out a big ole' "YES!" when I read this line. Truer words have not been spoken.
"Look, you actually did something useful," I pointed out. "Even if it was by accident." - Chapter 13. This made me GOL (giggle out loud) and warmed my heart. It comes from one of my favorite scenes in the whole book.
"For Emma" Bon Iver - Chapter 24. OK, I know this isn't a quote--it's more a chapter heading, really, but this song. THIS SONG. It haunts my bones. It has some weird control over my body and makes me tear up every time I even think about it.
And THAT is what I loved most about this book. The idea that we have the universal language of music that connects us to people in ways that mere words cannot. It is through the songs on Hayden's playlist that you feel and understand his pain. Falkoff's use of the playlist to tell a story is beautiful!
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