I loved Konigsberg's approach to this book. It was very thought provoking seeing the different chain of events kicked off in each scenario. I liked the emphasis on human connection, but what I really connected with was when the characters talked about "the mask". How often does someone ask you, "How are you?" and they really want to know? Someone dealing with depression often has to wear a mask, say they are fine. Konigsberg discussed this and how exhausting it is to keep up appearance, while acknowledging that this behavior keeps one from forming the type of connections they really need. He definitely nailed that for me. Oh, and I am glad he saved the best scenario for last.
Two teenagers, strangers to each other, have decided
to jump from the same bridge at the same time. But what results is
far from straightforward in this absorbing, honest lifesaver from
acclaimed author Bill Konigsberg.
Aaron and Tillie don't know each other, but they are both feeling
suicidal, and arrive at the George Washington Bridge at the same
time, intending to jump. Aaron is a gay misfit struggling with
depression and loneliness. Tillie isn't sure what her problem is
- only that she will never be good enough.
On the bridge, there are four things that could happen:
Aaron jumps and Tillie doesn't.
Tillie jumps and Aaron doesn't.
They both jump.
Neither of them jumps.
Or maybe all four things happen, in this astonishing and insightful
- ISBN13 9780702306891
- Publish Date 3 September 2020
- Publish Status Cancelled
- Publish Country GB
- Imprint Scholastic
- Format eBook
- Pages 464
- Language English