Trigger by Susan Vaught

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Jersey Hatch seemed to have it all together-he played sports, was popular, had a great girlfriend, best friend, and supportive parents. But when he emerges from a recuperative care center, all that is gone, his legs and hands don't work right, his mouth says every word that pops into his brain, and he has to write down his thoughts so that he remembers even the most basic directions and details. Through it all, one question haunts him: why did he try to kill himself?

About Susan Vaught

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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.
Published April 10, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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There is also a tendency to essentialize good and evil characters, as Mama Rush and Leza are almost too good to be true, yet Jersey’s former crowd is heinously mean (in one memorable scene, a former teammate urinates on Jersey in the boys’ lavatory at school).

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The motivation behind a teenager's suicide attempt and its lasting effects on family and friends is the subject of this rather disturbing, well-crafted novel.

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In order to find the answer to the question of why he shot himself, Jersey will have to make seemingly farfetched lists of possible reasons, contact people who would ridicule him, and try to communicate through the seemingly random words that infiltrate his speech.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Susan Vaught is a brilliant author who really manages to get readers inside of Jersey's (damaged) mind in a way that makes them sympathize completely with him, even believing (sometimes) his claims to himself that he wasn't really the one who pulled the trigger and blew apart not only his head an...

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Jersey Hatch wakes up in the hospital, can barely move one side of his body and can t remember how he got this way.

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