Tuesday, April 13, 2010

trigger by Susan Vaught

OMG. I've been reading trigger by Susan Vaught, and it's un-put-downable. I know that isn't a real word, but it absolutely describes this book about teen suicide to a T. The thing that's so scary is that the narrative is told from the point of view of the kid who's suicide attempt fails. The resulting brain injury leaves Jersey Hatch at a loss as to why he tried to kill himself, if indeed he did. His inability to even figure out how to tie his own shoe laces much less why his best friend hates him or how he can keep random words from flying out of his mouth, is gruelingly realistic. This is as close as I have ever seen a writer come to getting it absolutely and frighteningly right. Vaught, you are one tight writer. I am in awe.

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