My Beautiful Failure

Young, Janet Ruth

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
My Beautiful Failure
"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"--
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012.
ISBN: 1416954899
Characteristics: 304 p. ;,22 cm.


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Apr 12, 2013
  • Michael Colford rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Janet Ruth Young returns with her third novel for teens, this one a sequel of sorts to her debut, The Opposite of Music. It's been a year since Billy's family struggled with his father's severe depression, and from all accounts, things are looking up. Billy's not so sure, however... his father's sunny outlook seems a bit manic, but he's the only one who seems to notice.

To distract himself, he starts volunteering for The Listeners, a suicide hotline. He takes to it quickly and prides himself on his skill as a listener. But when Jenny calls, he slowly finds himself getting a little too involved with her and her life on the other end of the phone.

My Beautiful Failure is a strong follow-up to The Opposite of Music, showing how the repercussions of a serious illness don't end once that person is "cured." Janet's writing is economical and effective, and her supporting characters really bring her world to life.


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