This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are as follows:
Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
Add your URL post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.
My selection for this week’s Friday 56 is very special to me. I first read it exactly a year ago and I fell in love with the characters. I love Kelley York’s writing and Suicide Watch is my favourite book she has written (at least so far!). I decided to select this book as part of LGBT Month – as it was my favourite read of 2013 – and I wanted to share it with everyone. If you haven’t read this one yet I urge you to seek it out – you will not be disappointed!
Suicide Watch by Kelley York
18-year-old Vincent Hazelwood has spent his entire life being shuffled from one foster home to the next. His grades sucked. Making friends? Out of the question thanks to his nervous breakdowns and unpredictable moods. Still, Vince thought when Maggie Atkins took him in, he might’ve finally found a place to get his life—and his issues—in order.
But then Maggie keels over from a heart attack. Vince is homeless, alone, and the inheritance money isn’t going to last long. A year ago, Vince watched a girl leap to her death off a bridge, and now he’s starting to think she had the right idea.
Vince stumbles across a website forum geared toward people considering suicide. There, he meets others with the same debate regarding the pros and cons of death: Casper, battling cancer, would rather off herself than slowly waste away. And there’s quiet, withdrawn Adam, who suspects if he died, his mom wouldn’t even notice.
As they gravitate toward each other, Vince searches for a reason to live while coping without Maggie’s guidance, coming to terms with Casper’s imminent death, and falling in love with a boy who doesn’t plan on sticking around.
Synopsis from Goodreads
“I stare at him, because there are a thousand reasons. Like how his dad is dead and his mom would rather he didn’t exist and he thinks he’s all alone in the world, even though he’s not, because he has me—for however little that’s worth—and if anything happened to him…”
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