School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7-12-An exploration of the second most frequent cause of death among 15-19-year-olds. The author surveys attitudes toward suicide in other times and cultures, giving special attention to Japan, which has the world's highest youth suicide rate. The difficulties in adjusting to rapid societal changes are cited as driving the epidemic. Factors listed that make teens vulnerable are familiar ones-a significant loss; peer rejection; lack of communication, support, or unrealistic expectations within the family; alcohol and drug abuse; depressive illness; and the absence of coping skills. Lewis offers suggestions and lists organizations that can be of assistance, and urges the promotion of prevention through educational campaigns. An especially strong chapter deals with the aftermath of suicide on family and friends. Lewis has an impressive grasp of her subject. The book is thoughtful, useful, and readable. Michael Biskup and Carol Wekesser's Suicide (Greenhaven, 1992) and Stephen Flanders's Suicide (Facts on File, 1991) are comprehensive and mainly reference oriented. Margaret Hyde and Elizabeth Forsyth's Suicide (Watts, 1991) is first-rate, but lacks the style of this title.-Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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Hi I'm a teen who has thought about committing suicide but after you read books such as these it helps you realize that there is really so much out there in the world for you and what are you trying to prove by killing yourself and ending your own life? I really appreciate people who write these types of books because this topic, teen suicide is never getting the right amount of attention it should be getting.