Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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 characters were so easy to relate to, which I feel is a must, especially with this type of book, Falkoff does it wonderfully though. I felt sympathy with what Sam was going through, and I wanted to figure out what was going on just as much as he did. I even felt a connection with Hayden, which is saying something about this author’s writing abilities since we never actually ‘meet’ Hayden.
Falkoff writes an emotionally gripping and thought provoking story and I was completely absorbed in Sam and Hayden’s story. I would definitely recommend this book to those who don’t mind books with tougher subjects.