by Susan Vaught

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ISBN-13: 9781599907925
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 04/10/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,024,149
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

SUSAN VAUGHT is the author of the highly acclaimed novels Trigger, My Big Fat Manifesto, Going Underground,as well as Oathbreaker, which she coauthored with her son, JB Redmond. She is also a practicing psychologist and lives with her family and many rescued animals in Kentucky.

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Trigger 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
J_Elliott More than 1 year ago
I just couldnt stop reading. By the end I just held the book in my hands trying to get over what happened. I actually cried alittle and I'm not an expressive person. This is the only book I have ever wrote a review for, it was that good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intense, also recommend too crazy to live too beautiful too die great books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jersey seemed he had everything but when he shoots himself he has to start his life all over again. When he comes home everyone is different and he cant remember a thing before the accident and can't even think without accidentally saying it out loud. So what did happen? Jersey, with the help of people from his life, tries to remember the past and figure out why he shot himself. I thought this was an amazing story and an emotional experience as we figure out the past with Jersey. Yes, it is a cheap book but it was one of the best books i read in a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started to read this book when my friend had it during algebra class. i got all the way up to Chapter 4 and couldn't put it down. so i went and checked it out of the school library. i love it. its amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as Exposed, but still interesting and unique :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a dark story but I loved reading it, issues for teens and being aware is so important for everyone especially parent. It made me cry.
mrsdwilliams on LibraryThing 10 months ago
We first meet Jersey Hatch on the day he comes home after a year in the hospital. Jersey tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head. Not only does he not remember pulling the trigger, but he has also forgotten the year leading up to the event. Jersey, who had once been a star athlete and honor student, now struggles with physical and mental difficulties. His old friends shun him and his parents don't want to talk about anything important. With the help of the outspoken, no-nonsense Mama Rush and her granddaughter, Leza, Jersey sets out to unravel the mystery of Before to discover why he tried to kill himself. Finally, he is left with a choice that no one can make for him. Is it better to end it all or to go on living in the hope that life will get better?This is not a happy book or an easy one to read, but it is absolutely stunning. And so realistic that I felt like I was inside Jersey's damaged head. If you're a teen, or if you've ever been one, read this book! Frog farts! Hoochie mama!
DF1A_ArielleM on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Trigger is about a teenager that has lost part of his memory. He is trying to remember why his best friend isn't talking to him and why he even shot himself in the head. I really liked this book but some parts were kind of confusing, espically when he was talking to himself. I can understand with some of the things he is going through but not taking it that far and shoting someone.
df1aemilyr on LibraryThing 10 months ago
this was one of the best books ive read.. it is so interesting and you always want to know whats going to happen next... the suspention is amazing. i felt really bad for jersey for everything that happened to him.. life was kinf of hard for him.. thats what really attracted me to the book because i wanted to know if they would ever treat him nicely ever again.. i loved it the fact that knowing someone could help him and leza tried was amazing.
Alirambles on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is intense. The author has worked with brain-injured teens and her character's story of recovery from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head is realistic and heartbreaking. Well, that doesn't make you really want to read it, does it?Read it because the writing is brilliant. (Ever wondered what it would be like to think with a brain injury?) Read it because you'll connect with this character in a way that you might not have thought possible. Read it because you'll likely never forget this kid. One day you'll see someone acting a little odd, and you'll think of Jersey Hatch, and you'll see the person behind the odd behavior. Read it if you're a parent, and if there's a teenaged boy in your life, give it to him to read, too.
yourotherleft on LibraryThing 10 months ago
There are a lot of things that Jersey Hatch doesn't know. He doesn't know why exactly his best friend can't stand the sight of him, why his parents are acting so strangely, and he can't figure out just what must have happened that made him shoot himself. Everything he once knew about the year previous was wiped clean on the day that Jersey shot himself in the head with his father's gun. All Jersey knows now is that it's a challenge to walk, to talk, to think. He knows he has scars, that things will never be the same, and that he needs some answers to the questions no one will ask. We meet Jersey upon his release from his final brain injury hospital. He's headed home to the real world, where life will be much harder. Immediately, we're captured by Jersey's sardonic narration that shows through the pieces of his personality that survived his injury at the same time as it shows how his thought patterns are terribly altered and difficult to focus after the fact. He mocks his mom and his doctor and their favorite repeated phrases, is haunted by the ghost of his former overachieving self, "Jersey Before," and rails against his minder at school, the unfortunately named Ms. Wenchel who he quickly nicknames "the Wench." Despite the brain damage that alters his way of thinking and makes his mind cluttered with all sorts of unrelated words that seem to get stuck in his thoughts and repeat over and over, Jersey's narration is clear-eyed and revealing of himself and of the people around him. Vaught, a neuropsychologist by trade, has used her experience and expertise to write a terribly convincing story. Jersey is a compelling narrator and a sympathetic one. Despite the people he has hurt by trying to take his own life, Jersey's frustrations in bridging the thought to speech divide, his humiliation at his limitations, as well as his quest for the answers that don't come easily make it impossible for us not to feel his unbearable pain. Jersey's search for answers creates suspense that makes Trigger difficult to put down. Yet even as the plot moves toward its climax, Trigger asks us to consider suicide and its far-reaching repercussions and even forces us to consider, by way of Jersey's interactions, the variety of wrongheaded ways we "normal" people view and interact with the mentally handicapped ranging from fear and awkwardness to laughter to downright cruelty. So vivid and penetrating is this theme that cuts to the heart of our insecurities about our behavior around those that are "different" that even as I read it, I was unsure whether it was "right" or not to giggle at the absurd things that get stuck in Jersey's head that he repeats ceaselessly without meaning to, and whether I should feel bad if I did giggle.Overall, Trigger is a profound, powerful, fast-moving story that asks all the right questions without ever resorting to preaching at us. Though marketed as YA, this book is well-worth reading for young and old alike.
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I read this story and i felt a whirlwind of emotions. I relearned what weakness, anger, sadness, acceptance, rejection, and guilt could be at their base. I recommend this book fullheartedly but with the knowledge you will be left wanting more.
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SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
If I had to choose, I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. The reason for this is because it’s viewpoint. I enjoy how it’s from the mind of a boy who has brain damage. Seeing as the author actually studies brain damaged people, it’s interesting to see how it might actually be from their viewpoint and what might actually go through their head. Also, it’s a creative plot, the way that the boy doesn’t know why exactly everything is like this now and wants to find out. In this story, the main character, Jersey Hatch, somehow led himself to shoot himself in the head. He surprisingly lived through it and is left with a half-working brain. He has trouble with things that come easy to us and has to deal with worried, robotic parents and old friends that for some reason now hate him. Jersey doesn’t know why he shot himself or what he did to make everyone hate him, so he has to search for answers throughout the story. I would recommend this book to people who read at a higher level and enjoy realistic yet somewhat sad stories. The reason you should be at a higher level is because you really have to understand the effects of a brain injury and be able to follow Jersey’s sometimes confusing way of thinking. You should enjoy realistic yet depressing stories because the main problem of this book is now very common and realistic and happens a lot, and for the most part it’s not exactly positive and happy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was perfect and left me guessing what would happen next. But the story also takes a while to get to the point and annoyed me a bit at times. Some pages were full of repetitive phrases and words, but I enjoyed reading it over all.
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jaymithompson More than 1 year ago
This book is heart renching!! I could not put it down. One act that effects so many lives!! READ THIS BOOK.
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Call-me_Lynny94 More than 1 year ago
this book has made me cry just thinking of what he went through after the incident. It is a truly good book and makes you think about your own life and appreciate what you have and who you have
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Firetears More than 1 year ago
The title alone is eye-catching. When I was browsing the book store and stumbled upon a story about a guy who attempted suicide but failed and had to start his life all over again, I couldn't pass it up. I couldn't wait to dig into the book and see how it develops for the protagonist, Jersey, as he tries to figure out the life he doesn't remember. The plot is pretty straight-forward. Jersey Hatch is a fish-out-of-water in his unfamiliar life. His parents walk eggshells around him constantly and no one from his old life would even speak to him, including his ex-best friend, Todd. The only people who give him the time of day is Todd's sister, Leza, and his grandma, Mama Rush. These people prove pivotal in his journey back into his old life. I applaud the character relationships throughout the book. Jersey gains a genuine friendship with Leza that doesn't appear forced or sugar-coated. Near the end of the book, you also see how he grows closer to his father as they start to find common ground through a particular event that happened to them. Unfortunately, the development with the plot isn't as good as it was with the characters. My biggest problem with the book is that it really goes nowhere until the last bit. It's more about the struggle that Jersey endures after he shoots himself, rather than what actually caused him to do it. And trust me, the word "struggle" isn't used lightly. Jersey gets pissed on (at one point: literally) throughout the entire book before we finally discover what drove him to do what he did. Susan Vaught proves to have amazing potential for her first book and she proves to be very passionate about the characters and the story she's telling. She did a wonderful job at bringing the characters of Jersey and Mama Rush to life. I would consider Trigger to be a must-read for troubled youth and I'd certainly recommend it to a wide variety of readers.