Playlist for the Dead

About the Book

"A page-turner that combines genuine intrigue with heartbreak and desire." —Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s

There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, Sam’s 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. 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. And it might only be by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he’ll 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 The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Spectacular Now, Michelle Falkoff’s debut novel is an honest and gut-wrenching first novel about loss, rage, and what if feels like to outgrow a friendship that’s always defined you—and the struggle to redefine yourself.

Release date: January 27, 2015

Critical Praise

"An absorbing and sensitive read." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Debut author Falkoff lightens the substantial topics of grief, bullying, and suicide with Sam’sengaging investigation." — ALA Booklist

"Realistic and well–written…The strong characters, dialogue and the use of the playlist to structure the book make this a good pick for struggling readers." — School Library Journal

"Falkoff treats a difficult topic with delicacy and care." — Publishers Weekly

"A nice premise with some truly powerful moments." — Kirkus Reviews

"[A] debut novel that limns the shifting boundaries of teen friendship, loyalty and identity. Playlist takes the expected conventions of stories about teen grief and turns them inside out, keeping readers guessing until the final chapters." — Austin American-Statesman

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