Letters to Aly: Surviving My BFF's Suicide
Shortlisted for the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2015
How do you survive your best friend’s suicide?
Alyessa jumps to her death two days after her 16th birthday. Her best friend Lee-Ann blames the tragedy on her failure to answer Aly’s last phone call. Haunted by what-ifs, stressed out by the looming ‘O’ Levels, and troubled by fraught relationships with her parents and on-off boyfriend Nate, Lee-Ann begins to contemplate suicide too.
In Lee-Ann’s searingly honest diary entries, she exposes the wound of having a loved one gone too soon. This true account of a teenager’s journey reveals anger and despair at its most raw, and eventually hope as she begins the slow and painful recovery to live again.
“A first-hand account of an adolescent's life, Lee-Ann's book brings the reader through her journey of unfortunate events until she learns to find hope...the young author's literary creation remains an avenue of comfort and awareness that is easily relatable to her fellow audience.”
—Katherine Arteche, Time Out Singapore
About the Author
Lee-Ann went on to finish junior college and university. She is now in her mid-twenties. he still thinks of Aly and once in a while she smiles when she does so. The sadness has been compartmentalised inside a ‘chest box’ in her memory that she can visit when she wants to. The hole in her heart left has not been fully healed but she feels different now and is looking forward to life and what it has to offer next.
Size: 135 x 215 mm
Published: September 2013
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