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Book Review: Playlist For The Dead by Michelle Falkoff

playlist for the dead★★★/★★★★★
Title: Playlist For The Dead
Author: Michelle Falkoff
PubDate: Jan 27, 2015

Sam was Hayden’s best and only friend. When Hayden committed suicide, Sam was left with a playlist Hayden made before he took his own life. Now it was up to Sam to figure out why his bestfriend had done it and what the meaning behind the playlist was.

It was a good book. And that’s all I can say, I guess.

A my-bestfriend-committed-suicide-so-I-have-to-deal-with-it-or-let-it-ruin-me-too kind of story that has moving and strong parts. First chapters got me so into it but when I realized that it wouldn’t get me any further than what I expected it to, I’d stopped hoping. And I did get why everyone thought it was their fault why it happened because somehow they were involved but it was just so frustrating to read them blaming themselves and claiming it was all their fault. I didn’t also see how the playlist helped. Aside from giving Sam little hints through lyrics and stories behind each song and letting him know that his bestfriend used to listen to music he thought he hated, I don’t think it had helped him at all. I don’t know, maybe I just didn’t get it. 

Anyway, I liked how Sam finally got over it and accepted the fact that Hayden wouldn’t be his only bestfriend in the world. I know what happened was unfortunate and it was hard for Sam but sometimes even though we thought we really knew or understand a person, even when we talked and shared them everything, there are still things that we really don’t see and understand about them. Things the person keeps for himself.

I honestly wanted this to be more because I really liked the idea of the playlist helping Sam solve the mystery behind his bestfriend’s suicide but it was kind disappointing. Anyhoo, I give it 2.5-3 stars!


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