Both of these books center on people going through difficult depression and their journey as they decide whether or not to commit suicide. As dedicated readers of Purple Polka know, my stepfather committed suicide in the beginning of December last year, so it seemed a timely post for this week's WoW. And on that somber note, the books!
Book One: Thaw (Fiona Robyn)
(description pulled from Fionarobyn.com)
Ruth is thirty two years old and doesn't know if
she wants to be thirty three. Her meticulously-ordered lonely life as a microbiologist is starved of pleasure and devoid of meaning. She decides to give herself three months to decide whether or not to end her life, and we read her daily diary as she struggles to make sense of her past and grapples with the pain of the present. "Thaw" explores what makes any of our lives worth living. Can Red, the
eccentric Russian artist Ruth commissions to paint her portrait, find a way to warm her frozen heart?
The neatest part about this book is that Fiona Robyn is publishing it on a blog in March in addition to hard printing. To help spread the word she's organizing a Blogsplash, where blogs (this one included!) are going to publish the first page of the book and a link to the blog.
She's aiming to get 1000 blogs involved--if you're interested in joining her email her at email@example.com or find out more information here.
Book Two: By the Time You Read This, I'll be Dead (Julie Anne Peters)
(found on the back of the book--a plot description was found online, but this compelled me more so I opted to use this instead)
23 Days and counting
There was nothing you could do to stop me because:
__I'd already made up my mind
__I have been suffering my whole life
__you were too slow to notice
I offed myself because:
__my life sucks
__the world sucks
Author of two books burning a hole in my To Be Read pile (Rage and Between Mom and Jo, respectively) why shouldn't Julie Anne Peters add yet another title to the stack? I'm most excited for the count-down method, where we slowly find out more about our teenage protagonist and find out if she decides to pull the plug.