Book Review: Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

Rating: ★ ★ ★
Read: August 2017

I’ve been reading YA Contemporary books recently and in this one, we follow Sam who’s grieving for his bestfriend’s death. They’ve been friends their whole lives and, well, each other’s the only one they’ve got. So when Hayden took his life, Sam was lost and the only thing he’s left with is a playlist. Throughout the book, Sam’s trying to figure out the answers to why Hayden did what he did using the playlist he’s left Sam with.

I liked the idea of this book and how lessons are thrown in chapter after chapter. I gave it a flat three stars because I just felt like I didn’t connect to the characters as much as I thought I would. The book entirely wasn’t dragging, but I feel like it lacked something along the way, like, there could’ve been more.

The cover was amazing and I liked it very much. Michelle Falkoff’s writing was okay, and I’m definitely going to read Pushing Perfect.


“People are going to say a lot of things. And some of it will be helpful, and some of it will be annoying, and lots of it will get on your nerves. But they’re saying it because they found it helpful when they lost someone. They mean well.”



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