Discussion of the above book with the author, illustrator and Georgetown Law Professor Emerita, moderated by our own Deborah Taylor. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Mary 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. No RSVP needed unless you want to bring a group of children. Then please respond to: Monica Valentine, email@example.com, 202-707-1950.
Henry, bullied at school and depressed over his boyfriend's suicide, wonders how he will survive. If given the opportunity to save the world, will Henry do it, or just let the world explode, putting him out of his own misery? A gripping tale of devastation and finding hope in the most unlikley places.
16-year-old Vicky Cruz is recovering from a suicide attempt, with the help of other young patients in the hospital. The descriptions of what depression feels like are powerfully realistic and have the potential to save lives.
Violet Markey meets Theodore Finch at the top of their school’s bell tower the day they were both planning on jumping off in this heartbreaking story about love, friendship and the powerful effects of mental illness.
Elise decides that completely transforming herself will be the only way she can survive sophomore year. When unsuccessful, her complex character weaves into a beautifully-plotted story that discloses her rescue through an unexpected source.
After a failed attempt to assimilate with the high school masses, 16-year-old Elise Dumbowski contemplates suicide - only to have that backfire as well. Alone and lonely, she stumbles upon an underground dance club while walking around one night to clear her head. At the club she finds more than friendship. Standing behind the turntables, she finds her passion, talent, and ultimately, herself.
This book had me at hello. Elise’s dry humor and pragmatic approach to life are a winning combination. Her voice is honest, funny and rings 100% authentic. She is a character that will connect with teen readers, wherever their place in the high school hierarchy. A thoughtfully drawn cast of secondary characters including parents and siblings who aren’t invisible, classmates who range from cruel to well-meaning to un-noticed and dance club kids rounds out this character-driven novel. Insightful writing that encapsulates big ideas in simple ways drives the novel forward and keeps the reader looking to Elise as a source for humor and honesty. I was struck by passages like “...Sometimes when you are worn down, day after day, relentlessly, with no reprieve for years piled on years, sometimes you lose everything but the ability to cry.” (p.12) “Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe they’re right.” (p. 241) “But you know better than anyone else how the Internet sees everything and nothing, all at the same time.” (p. 262)
And the music! Not only do the songs and bands mentioned throughout the novel make you want to put together an iTunes playlist to put yourself in the club with Elise (even when you don’t know the song or the artist), but a list “Recommended Listening” is included after the acknowledgments that gives a full listing of title and artist to get interested readers started.
Armed with his grandfather's Nazi pistol, Leonard decides to celebrate his eighteenth birthday by killing Asher Beal, former best friend turned bully. However, before killing Asher and himself, Leonard wants to thank his elderly neighbor and others for their kindnesses.
In a voice both urbane and awkward, sixteen-year-old Lelia steps back and forth between adulthood and adolescence as she tries to unravel the mystery of her older sister's suicide while accepting her own sexuality.