The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand

The Deaths of Adam Strand Adam Strand isn t depressed He s just bored Disaffected So he kills himself times No matter the method Adam can t seem to stay dead he wakes after each suicide alive and physically unharmed deter

  • Title: The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand
  • Author: Gregory Galloway
  • ISBN: 9780525425656
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Adam Strand isn t depressed He s just bored Disaffected So he kills himself 39 times No matter the method, Adam can t seem to stay dead he wakes after each suicide alive and physically unharmed, determined to succeed and undeterred by others concerns But when his self contained, self absorbed path is diverted, Adam is struck by the reality that life is an ever Adam Strand isn t depressed He s just bored Disaffected So he kills himself 39 times No matter the method, Adam can t seem to stay dead he wakes after each suicide alive and physically unharmed, determined to succeed and undeterred by others concerns But when his self contained, self absorbed path is diverted, Adam is struck by the reality that life is an ever expanding web of impact and forged connections, and that nothing not even death can sever those bonds.In stark, arresting prose, Gregory Galloway finds hope and understanding in the blackest humor.

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    1. Two stars out of generosity only. It's sort of confounding to see a book that's generally well-written be so awful. If we're to believe the author's note at the end, he wrote this book after experiencing the suicide of several friends and family members, and this book is his attempt explore the psyche of the clinically and chronically depressed. It makes perfect sense, then, that he'd make the title character a suicidal teen who can't die. He flings himself off bridges, shoots himself in the hea [...]

    2. I've been waiting for a new novel from Galloway for, at least, five years. I can only imagine what would've happened had I read AS SIMPLE AS SNOW when it first hit the shelves. I'd've been even more impatient. Because, honestly, Galloway is one of my favorite authors. Something about his writing simply clicks with me. However, I can see why this one hasn't been getting as "rave" of reviews as ASAS.This one isn't for everyone, and for some, I think it will piss them off, not only from the subject [...]

    3. [image error]Due to copy and paste, formatting has been lost.I don't know what it is about books with suicide, but when they end, I'm always left with this huge profound sense of peace. Does anyone else get that feeling, or is it just me? Maybe it's that the content is so out there, yet SO FREAKING true and sad that it makes me feel peaceful, because it usually doesn't end badly.Maybe it's like philosophy, you know? I LOVE philosophy, but in an "argues with the greats, paranoid what if" kind of [...]

    4. Via onlectus/2013/03/I don't really know how to explain this book. The concept of the story is good and new but it left me empty.Adam has killed himself 39 times: "18 times by jumping (from bridge or building or other high place and once from the back of a truck), five by drowning, five by asphyxiation, four by poison/overdose, three by hanging, one by fire, one by gun, one by chain saw, and one by train" (page 9). Every time he comes back. He won't stay dead. Why did Adam want to die? Well, he [...]

    5. İlgi çekici bir ana karakteri olmasına rağmen konu akışındaki havada kalmışlığın ve yan karakterlerdeki yapaylık dozunun bu kitabı öldürdüğünü düşünüyorum. Aslında Adam Strand'ın kendi kendini öldürmeyi bir türlü başaramayışı, bu konudaki düşünceleri ve hayata bakışının anlatıldığı kısımları başarılı buldum, hatta Adam'ın iç monologlarında pek çok kısmın altını çizdim. Ama iş dış dünyaya gelince değişiyor. Ana karakterin ailesiyle [...]

    6. Kitabın ismine bakıp kitabın ölümleri işleyeceğini düşünmüştüm fakat kitabın anlattığı hikaye bu değil, hatta herhangi bir hikaye de anlatmıyor. Sadece Adam adındaki genç birinin hayatını anlatıyor. Böyle düşününce romanın sıkıcı olacağı anlaşılabilir fakat yazarın dilinin yalınlığı ve sürükleyiciliği sayesinde akıcılık yakalanmış. Adam 39 kere kendini öldürüyor fakat yazıldığı kadarıyla yaşamak da istiyor. Kitap boyunca anlatılmak iste [...]

    7. There is something kind of brilliant in the concept of this book. Young adult books are usually filled with so much angst and pathos, and it's usually centered around death -- the death of a close family membere death of a close friende desire for death for one's self.Here, Adam Strand experiences the latter. But although he kills himselfhe never stays dead. What's brilliant here is that the reason for this is never explained. It's not that Adam Strand fails in his attempts to kill himself. He s [...]

    8. Usually, I love risky books in YA that deal with the darker issues (or tough stuff issues, depending on the content) - the more risky, the better. I love authors who don't quite want to stay in the safe status quo, and so I thought that "39 Deaths" would make it into this category of awesome. Sadly, I was mistaken. "39 Deaths" has a promising premise, but ultimately fails to deliver in pretty much every way. Where to start? Ah, yes, the sensory imagery and language. Only rarely did Adam talk abo [...]

    9. I read and reviewed this arc for School Library Journal. Seventeen-year-old Adam Strand is addicted to committing suicide. Bored, self-absorbed, and desperate to have some control over his own life, he has committed suicide thirty-nine times in seven years. Each time, however, he has awoken hours or days later, physically unscathed. By now, the people in Adam’s town, a bleak factory community in rural Iowa, have come to view his failed suicides as more of a nuisance than a miracle. Adam’s na [...]

    10. *This is an ARC copy via Library Thing giveaway* 5 Stars!Adam Strand is not depressed, mentally ill, or even suicidal despite what rational thought may suggest. He is just indifferent to life so he kills himself repeatedly only to wake up and try again. He’s not trying to purposely hurt those around him, but he also doesn’t care how they feel. He doesn’t care until someone, a girl, turns his own self absorbed world upside down.For first half of the book I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. [...]

    11. I just couldn't get into this book. I suffered through the whole thing waiting for the turning point where I'd care about Adam's apathy, but I found I got more and more disgusted with him and his behavior. I also was frustrated that I felt like - probably due to the sophisticated level of the writing - there was something I was missing, a point the author wanted to make that just didn't come through. Nor do I understand Adam's eventual slow transformation away from someone who commits repeated a [...]

    12. I'm not saying much about this one because I'm planning to review it professionally, but this was a really unusual, compelling, strange read. I've read so much YA lately that's been simplistic to the point of talking down to the audience, but 39 Deaths is so much more sophisticated, in prose style and in concept, that it really shows books for teenage readers don't need to be skeletal or exaggerated to connect.

    13. Adam Strand is your average teenager – bored, malcontent with everything, only his boredom can seemingly never be overcome. To alleviate this intense sense of ennui Adam kills himself, he kills himself 39 times to be exact. Most often he jumps, but no matter the method he just can’t seem to stay dead. Frustrated, determined and totally unconcerned for the feelings of those around him Adam’s story remains the same until he’s forced to face the mortality of someone else.The 39 Deaths of Ad [...]

    14. The GoodThe writing. This book's prose is very poetic. Adam's musings about life, death, and the people around him are enlightening and insightful. I love books like this that hold a mirror up to your own life and the people in it, forcing you to see things from an entirely different perspective.The questions. Adam brings up many interesting questions that stick with you long after the book is finished. Is one life more valuable than another? How can we know that? Why do bad things happen to goo [...]

    15. When people ask me what my favorite book is, I can’t give them an answer. I don’t have one. But if someone asked me what my least favorite book is, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that the answer is The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand. There are many things wrong with this book, written as, of all things, an anti-suicide tract. But its worst flaw – and I say this not as hyperbole or as a snarky comment but the pure literal truth – is that it will make people more likely to commit suicide, [...]

    16. Perhaps about a 3.5 but not good enough to have 4 starsybe after lots of thinkingFirst, I should state that this book is extremely exhausting to read. It's like Adam's whole death thing made me tired reading it or the thought of summer so I couldn't finish as fast as I would have liked to. Nonetheless, page 261 whispered to me to finish and so I did. It's a little plain and normal for me. Self-discovery didn't necessarily happen. It was like a change of mind all of a sudden. I think Galloway did [...]

    17. The 39 deaths of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway is a fiction novel about Adam Strand the main character who attempts to commit suicide 39 times. In all of those tries he manages to stay alive, He isn’t suicidal or depressed, he is just bored and questions the concept of life. He wants some “action” some thrill in his life. He uses many methods of suicide from asphyxiation to different ways to jump off a bridge. He sees a therapist but only because he has to, but that doesn't stop him from [...]

    18. I probably would have eaten this book up when I was thirteen and said it was the best book ever - that might say more about my 13-yr-old brain and its preoccupations than the book itself. For me as adult reader, it had its moments. I picked it up for its premise - though it turned out to be more philosophical than I expected (too much sci fi recently), and it was actually more a poetic examination than an intellectual one. It would be easy to say this is a book about suicide, and it is, but it i [...]

    19. The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand was dark in an irreverent way that many YA books attempt, but few succeed. Galloway's novel focused on a purposeless, empty young man who was unable to end his life, despite 39 attempts. This protagonist was realistic in his conversations with other characters, but his inner thoughts--not to mention the premise--felt contrived. The book was split into many tiny chapters with clever names that often repeated background information--sometimes it felt as though this nov [...]

    20. I read this in pieces between other books because I wanted to finish it but didn't find it engaging enough to just sit down and read. Adam Strand is almost wish fulfillment for anyone who has ever lost someone to suicide. It's not that Adam can't get hurt or die, exactly, he just can't do it to himself. This gives his family and community seemingly infinite opportunities to intervene, though for the most part they lose interest, seeing Adam more as a nuisance or a joke. The ways in which people [...]

    21. The 39 Deaths Of Adam Strand is a fictional story by Gregory Galloway. The main character is, Adam Strand; A teenager who kills himself 39 times; 18 times by jumping (from bridge or building or other high place and once from the back of a truck), five by drowning, five by asphyxiation, four by poison/overdose, three by hanging, one by fire, one by gun, one by chain saw, and one by train. And he doesn't die. He wakes up the next morning perfectly fine. In the book it's stated that he is not depre [...]

    22. Just as the title suggests, Adam Strand experiences death. He kills himself repeatedly, but he’s back to the life of the living, mysteriously intact, every time. His parents send him to a therapist. There are some colorful characters in the way of friends and a “transcendentalist” teacher, but Adam himself is lackluster. I didn’t connect to him in any way. Concerning his suicides, it seemed like they were listed in between scenes. He kills himself, then again…oh, and again. I didn’t [...]

    23. Being the adventurous person I am when it comes to reading (I'm not, but let's pretend I am), I rarely dislike books. This was the rare book I didn't enjoy that much. I'm really picky when it comes to interesting characters, characters I feel like I can bond with; I like characters who feel like they are more than just fictional characters in a fictional book. That being said, Adam was boring. The only trait I can think of for him is bored. This made the entire novel boring. I found myself skimm [...]

    24. I loved this book. I think it's because I can relate to it so much. Adam, the main character is so utterly bored, he opts to kill himself. He can't. He keeps coming back. That honestly sounds terrible, wanting something so bad and not being able to have it. However, Adam talks about being bored, a lot. He talks about how he does the same thing every day and doesn't really care and I totally feel it. I totally know how he's feeling. The great thing about this book is that there's no crazy love st [...]

    25. I'm really surprised that I even finished this book. It was insufferable. Adam's inner monologue was so boring, so tedious, so self-centered. I would just skim several pages in a chapter because I knew it was all just nonsense and didn't add anything to the story line. The book doesn't answer any questions that you have. The story line isn't described well at all. If I could I would give the book 0 stars. It was awful. I do not recommend it.

    26. This was a difficult book to get through because of the cavalier way that this very somber subject is treated. While it could be argued that Adam's self-centeredness and drab outlook is realistic, it would have been nice to see more growth or depth throughout the book. Also, there are a ton of threads left hanging about Adam's physical condition and with the exception of a couple characters that were nicely drawn, several blurred together, like drinking buddy #1, #2, and #3.

    27. There were some things in this book that didn't really work, the plot was barely discernible, and the conclusion wasn't the best. However, despite all of the above, I really enjoyed this book. Very well written, and reminded me greatly of catcher in the rye. So if you are a fan of catcher in the rye, or it's a funny story by ned Vizzini, then pick up this book.

    28. Great book, loved the messages, literary devices in the book. Very realistic and overall great awareness and fitting for other people going through the same struggles/issues, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely read it again

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