First of all, let me tell you the conditions and
the ‘why’ of choosing this book to read.
Amazon : Playlist for the Dead
Why? Because of two reasons. First is the cover. I see the word ‘dead’ and pic of a headphone, and I was all over the book.
I read the whole book while standing on the stall of Harper Collins, telling people where to look for the titles they are asking about.
Now, my opinion on the book.
The title is misleading. The cover is misleading. A game controller would have a better choice instead of headphone.
The songs have nothing to do with the story. Nothing. Hayden said, “listen and you will understand “. I thought that song have some deep connection with the story. But no.
About the story, this is the worst of suicides stories. I read the Thirteen Reasons Why, By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead and others book. This one lack the sad part. Might be because it is a story of the aftermath. But so is Hate List, but Hate List will make you wept.
Even dead is not the driving factor of the book. School romance is what this book tell. With every character thinking they killed the Hayden. Reality is nobody really know why he died. Everyone know a little bit and they make a big picture by adding little pieces but that still not make it clear why he really died. That info ends with him. What was in his mind when he gulped the pills. A chapter (prologue/epilogue) could have done the job.
I hate the way the story move. Boring. First some pages of the songs, then he starts having hallucination and then romance, then kisses and then some revealation.. and everything becomes clear.
I hoped to see some character development but the book failed in that field too. Tragedy surviving books are known to be best for character development because the characters have so much to learn from a tragedy and improve themselves. Here, Sam is same on the last page as on the first page.
Best you read yourself and see.
Here’s what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, Sam’s best friend, Hayden, was dead. All he left Sam was a playlist of songs—and a note, saying that he took his own life. But what Sam doesn’t know is: Why?
To figure out what happened, Sam has to rely on the playlist and his own memory. But the more he listens, the more he realizes that his memory isn’t as reliable as he thought. Especially when someone claiming to be Hayden starts sending him cryptic messages, and a series of violent attacks begins on the bullies who made Hayden’s life hell.
Sam knows he has 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—including an eccentric, unpredictable girl who’s got secrets, too—that Sam will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story.
And maybe have a chance to change his own.