Playlist For The Dead
Author: Michelle Falkoff
Published by: HarperCollins
Released: January 29th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Characters: Sam, Hayden, Astrid, Ryan, …
Synopsis (Goodreads) :
A 15-year-old boy struggles to understand his best friend’s suicide through the list of songs he leaves behind.
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.
“But the whole point of living in a fantasy world was the fantasy, right?”
– Michelle Falkoff
I’m so glad that I picked this book up when I was having a major book slump, guys. This book was perfect, short, and was easy to go through. I spent the shortest time to finish up this book (well, yes it’s short and I should finish it fast but I’m a slow reader so it’s a great achievement for me tbh).
“Lots of people want to be invisible. Maybe they even think they can pretend to be. But someone always sees.”
And the song by Skylar Grey was supposed to be Invicible and not Insivible I believe.
It was fast paced and it voiced out issues on suicidal, misfit kids situation, pressure from parents, bullies, etc. The issues that were being voiced out were really significant and the focus was there throughout the book. It was addressed so well. However, there’s one thing that kept bothering me while reading this book, which is how the romantic parts would just simply cure the pain and the problems faced by the main character. But it was not that way in this book. Sam(protagonist) would always come back to his friend, Hayden’s cause of death. He would keep questioning until he got the truth. Even when he was with Astrid, the girl he liked, he would still think of his friend and it showed that problems won’t just go away because of love and what not. Thus, the statement of “romance or love would just simply cure the pain and the problems” was just not relevant for this book.
“I want you to know it’s okay to feel anything you’re feeling right now.”
Also, it had such lovely ending. It gave a nice wrap up to the whole story and I really liked it. It didn’t have any surprising plot twist but it had a nice feeling overall and it was well justified and gave me a satisfaction of reading the book. Highly recommended!
Rating: 5/5 stars!