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  Trigger by Susan Vaught

Review by: Darius B.
South Carolina, Grade 10

Trigger, by Susan Vaught, is a story about a teenager that attempts to commit suicide and fails. Jersey Hatch, the main character must miss out on his life for almost a year and a half while he is in a clinic recovering. When he is released from the hospital, he must learn how to do the simple things in life again and most importantly, remember why he tried to kill himself in the first place. Throughout the story, the author writes through Jersey’s mind, which is full of confusion and random thoughts. This especially allows the reader to feel Jersey’s pain and slowly realize why Jersey tried to kill himself in the beginning.

This is one of my favorite books of all time. The life of Jersey Hatch is critically displayed in this story, starting from his childhood and ending with his experiences after he shot himself. Though the book is not deemed suspenseful, the mystery of Jersey’s suicide attempt causes the reader to want to read more. The random thoughts and dreams that Jersey experiences give a little insight to the mystery. The author, Susan Vaught presents a unique writing style by including random words and phrases that Jersey says in order to make him socially awkward and timid. I recommend the book to everyone and I especially commend the author for addressing the issue of teen suicides in this wonderful book.

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