The survival list

Courtney Sheinmel

Book - 2019

Determined to find answers as to why her older sister committed suicide, Sloan searches a list of places and people her sister left behind.

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Genres
Novels
Psychological fiction
Published
New York : Katherine Tegen Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
310 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
0062655000
9780062655004
Main Author
Courtney Sheinmel (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

"I never met anyone who could enjoy life more than my sister could," Sloane reminisces early in the story. Her older sister, Talley, was larger than life, but with a dark, mysterious side, and her suicide shatters Sloane's world. Talley left behind a cryptic list that Sloane is determined to interpret, hoping to shed some light on the tragedy. Thus begins a classic, page-turning quest that takes Sloane from Minnesota to California as she tries to decipher the previously unknown people and places on the list who have a connection to her sister. Talley, it turns out, had lots of secrets and went to great lengths to present a bright face to the world. Too many coincidences stretch the plot somewhat thin, but the gut-wrenching treatment of suicide will leave readers deeply moved. With delicate balance, Sheinmel illuminates the suffering going on behind the scenes in daily lives that can lead to desperate acts and the hollowed-out aftermath of those left behind. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

"I never met anyone who could enjoy life more than my sister could," Sloane reminisces early in the story. Her older sister, Talley, was larger than life, but with a dark, mysterious side, and her suicide shatters Sloane's world. Talley left behind a cryptic list that Sloane is determined to interpret, hoping to shed some light on the tragedy. Thus begins a classic, page-turning quest that takes Sloane from Minnesota to California as she tries to decipher the previously unknown people and places on the list who have a connection to her sister. Talley, it turns out, had lots of secrets and went to great lengths to present a bright face to the world. Too many coincidences stretch the plot somewhat thin, but the gut-wrenching treatment of suicide will leave readers deeply moved. With delicate balance, Sheinmel illuminates the suffering going on behind the scenes in daily lives that can lead to desperate acts and the hollowed-out aftermath of those left behind. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—When Sloane's cherished older sister Talley unexpectedly kills herself, she doesn't leave a note. A lover of puzzles, Talley leaves a list of items (among them the Sunshine Crew, Crescent Street, a phone number) without any obvious significance to Sloane. Reeling with guilt and confusion, Sloane calls the phone number. It belongs to 17-year-old Adam in California who claims to have never met Talley, although he does know the meaning of several items on the list. Desperate for any scrap of connection to her sister, Sloane flies to California, where her quest to untangle the meaning of the list begins to illuminate hidden parts of her sister's life. It is the connections she makes along the way, though—including to a long-lost aunt and to Adam, whose platonic friendship buoys her—that ultimately offer Sloane a path through her loss. While the use of a list as a plot device after suicide suggests obvious comparisons to 13 Reasons Why, this is a vastly more hopeful book, focusing on reasons Talley wanted to live rather than unraveling causes behind her death. Sloane's grief is painfully raw and her journey toward healing is believably halting. However, the slow pace results in an overwhelming number of revelations in the book's last quarter, many of which are not explored in sufficient depth. An author's note includes suicide hotline contacts. VERDICT While the protagonist is well developed, a rushed final act denies readers a deeper exploration of these critical issues. For large collections.—Elizabeth Giles, Lubuto Library Partners, Zambia Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Devastated by her older sister’s inexplicable suicide, a teen searches for answers on a mysterious list of names and places in California, where she teams up with a boy who helps her uncover astonishing family secrets. 30,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

“Nobody writes about family secrets with the grace, compassion, and intrigue of Courtney Sheinmel.” —Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your LifeFans of I Was Here by Gayle Forman and Far from the Tree by Robin Benway will be floored by this heartbreaking yet uplifting teen novel about a grieving girl who follows a mysterious list across the country after her older sister’s death. Sloane Weber is devastated when her older sister dies by suicide. Talley was a bright light who made everyone want to step closer. Why had she made that unthinkable choice? The only clue Talley left behind for Sloane is a puzzle—a list of random places and names, along with the phone number of a boy named Adam, who lives in California and claims he didn’t know Talley. Sloane heads west, enlists Adam’s help, and together they search for answers. But while Sloane is drawn to Adam, she can’t shake the feeling that he’s hiding something. Is Sloane ready to learn the truth—about Adam, her sister, or the secrets her family has been hiding for years?

Review by Publisher Summary 3

'Nobody writes about family secrets with the grace, compassion, and intrigue of Courtney Sheinmel.' 'Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your LifeFans of I Was Here by Gayle Forman and Far from the Tree by Robin Benway will be floored by this heartbreaking yet uplifting teen novel about a grieving girl who follows a mysterious list across the country after her older sister's death. Sloane Weber is devastated when her older sister dies by suicide. Talley was a bright light who made everyone want to step closer. Why had she made that unthinkable choice? The only clue Talley left behind for Sloane is a puzzle'a list of random places and names, along with the phone number of a boy named Adam, who lives in California and claims he didn't know Talley. Sloane heads west, enlists Adam's help, and together they search for answers. But while Sloane is drawn to Adam, she can't shake the feeling that he's hiding something. Is Sloane ready to learn the truth'about Adam, her sister, or the secrets her family has been hiding for years?