Review: Playlist for the Dead, by Michelle Falkoff

Playlist for the Dead, by Michelle Falkoff • Published by HarperTeen • ★★★½ • Goodreads
 I know I gave this book three stars and while I cannot give it more because I didn't really love the book, I feel that Playlist for the Dead is an excellent book that teaches you about life. It touches heavy topics without making the book a deadweight.

The beauty of this book lies in the fact that by having it revolve around music, it will gather more people (or teens, specifically) to pick it up. At least that's how I feel about it. And that's a good thing because this story has a lot of lessons to teach.

From the most serious consequence of bullying to the repercussions it can cause, Playlist covers almost everything. I feel so terrible for Sam in the beginning and as he came to terms with Hayden's death, I also came to wonder about the feelings this book gave me.

Should I be feeling bad for Ryan? Should I hate Hayden's parents? Should I blame the unfortunate circumstances that triggered Hayden's suicide? Should I really dislike Astrid so much?

I don't have answers, of course, but I know (have always known) bullying is a serious issue and you never know when you are going to push someone too far over the line and over the edge of the cliff. Survivor's guilt (for the lack of a better term) is also a problem. Vengeance/revenge is never the solution to anything, or even counter-bullying, or violence.

I like that Playlist's ending is an open one, much like life, because it has a lot of life lessons so I guess that's appropriate.

This isn't a book that makes you cry buckets, but it does leave you feeling a little sadder today, yet perhaps, a little wiser, a little more accepting of certain things.

Here's the playlist for the book. Just thought I'd leave it here. :)


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