Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
I liked the mystery element of this story, but I didn’t like much else about it.
Sam was an okay character, and I did feel sorry for him and what he was going through after Hayden’s death. I didn’t really love him though.
The storyline in this dragged a bit for me. I wanted to know what had happened the night Hayden killed himself, and I wanted to know what the playlist was supposed to mean, but it felt like a long time coming. I did like the mystery element of the story, but there wasn’t much else in there to keep me entertained unfortunately.
There was a touch of romance, and I was happy that Sam had found someone to support him while he was grieving.
The ending to this was okay, and I was glad that we found out what had happened to Hayden. I was also glad that I had made it to the end of the book though.
Overall; okay mystery element, but the story dragged,
5 out of 10