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My Beautiful Failure

by Janet Ruth Young

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Billy feels like he’s climbing the walls. His dad was diagnosed with depression several months ago, and is supposed to be doing better but Billy’s not so sure. He starts neglecting his own life and school work to make sure his dad doesn’t repeat the mistakes that led to his breakdown, but it’s getting tough.

Read the rest of my review at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/my-beautiful-failure-janet-ru... ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
The novel tells the story of 16 year old Billy who decided to volunteer at a suicide hotline following the past year of his father depression. His goal is to help save people and quickly becomes attached to 19 year old caller, Jenney. He breaks the rules and they become friends, him helping her with her issues but also Billy sharing his fears about his father's moods and fear that he will relapse. Ultimately, Billy professes his love for Jenney just as she calls to say she's taken a bunch of pills. Billy tries to save her but is unsuccessful. The novel does end on a hopeful note that he will move on but not forget her and then he tried to help no matter what Jenney's story was and that he decision to end her life was her choice. ( )
  LaneLiterati | Feb 1, 2014 |
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"While dealing with the recovery of his mentally ill father, sophomore in high school Billy volunteers at a suicide prevention line and falls for one of the incoming callers"--

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