playlist-for-the-dead

This book compares itself to Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  I was at first skeptical, naturally, but in the end I decided to give this a try. And so I had great expectations for this book. Sadly, it was so different from what I expected and I’m really really disappointed with how this book turned out.

It’s sad because there isn’t really anything in particular that I would want to point out or rant about this book. I just felt so unattached to it, and the whole time I was reading this I had this “meh” look on my face, like I totally did not care for the characters or the story at all. This book could have had really great potential but it lacks the emotional depth that I was looking for. For a story that tackles themes of death, suicide, and love, it really felt shott for me.

From the title, I honestly thought that this book would center and revolve alot on music as a clue to find out why Hayden killed himself. However, the music played such an insubstantial role at all, and we find out in the end that the playlist doesn’t actually have anything to do with Hayden’s death. Really? So what was the point of the whole playlist anyway? And why do they make it out like it’s such a big deal by putting Playlist on the title? And it’s even for the dead anyway, it’s just supposedly a playlist that explains Hayden’s decision to kill himself – and then it actually doesn’t.

There are also alot of story lines opened – a romance story line, a mystery story line, a coming-of-age story line but they all remain messy and unresolved in the ending. The romance is a bit unnecessary and random for me, like I was okay with it, but I didn’t really care about it at all that much, and I didn’t know what it’s supposed to contribute to the overall plot. The mystery part is so strange and weird and all the paranormal ghost elements that are introduced at the beginning go nowhere and simply brushed off as Sam’s imagination or something, in the end.

Hayden’s reason for killing himself is never really discussed, and I find this a big problem. I have no problem with how the book portrays romantic relationships as this big life pursuits that is worth killing yourself for, but I needed an explanation or at least, a discussion, because this is pretty serious thing, and putting this in a novel entails some responsibility to the readers to at least clear up some of these issues.

What sucks about this book and why I’m negative in this is because I was kinda excited about it, and then when I read it, I wasn’t anymore, I don’t really care much for the story or the characters, and that’s why this has a lower rating than other books that I hated, like really hated, because at least for those, I actually felt something for the book and had something ranty to say – but for this one, I’m literally at loss for words because that’s how much this book didn’t give me an impact that I needed.

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