Jersey Hatch can't remember why he tried to kill himself. Coming out of rehab for the first time in a year, broken in both mind and body, Jersey must piece his life back together, step by painful step-from relearning to tie his own shoelaces, to graduating high school, to repairing old friendships.Read more...
Jersey Hatch can't remember why he tried to kill himself. Coming out of rehab for the first time in a year, broken in both mind and body, Jersey must piece his life back together, step by painful step-from relearning to tie his own shoelaces, to graduating high school, to repairing old friendships. With a fresh, compelling, and unique literary voice, Susan Vaught thrusts readers directly into the bitterly funny head of Jersey Hatch. An eye-opening story that expertly navigates the triumph of family, the depths of despair, and the humor of the most mundane details of life.
Reviews -"The interior landscape revealed through Jersey's unreliable yet sympathetic narration is dense, rhythmic, repetitious and fragmented, granting the reader credible entree into a damaged mind. Despite its somber character, the story never descends into heavy-handed message and has nicely placed touches of humor in a story that is both engrossing and excruciating, An original and meaningful work that provokes thought about action, consequence, redemption and renewal."-"Booklist," starred review -"The portrayal of brain damage is precise, comprehensible (but never condescending), and seamlessly woven into Jersey's narrative voice, itself a masterful reflection of his internal chaos that conveys both emotional and neurological stumbling blocks by embedding them in the language itself. Poignantly affirming of life and love even in the face of overwhelming loss, this is a haunting tragicomic drama of grief and renewal."-"Horn Book," starred review "A worthwhile read."-Kirkus Reviews" www.wellgroomedbook.com
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Reassembling the fragments of life
More than a year after suffering a debilitating brain injury, 17-year-old Jersey Hatch is finally headed home from the hospital, ready to pick up the broken pieces of his life. Jersey, whose neurological injuries have left him clumsy, impulsive and partially blind, has entirely forgotten the last two years of his life. He returns home to a father who handles him like a china doll, a mother who retreats from him, and former friends who treat him with hostility and even hatred.
Looking at old photographs of himselfthe ROTC officer, football player, straight-A student and golf stareven Jersey can't understand what happened, what made him pick up his father's gun that day and try to kill himself. With the help of his few allies and his carefully constructed "memory" book, Jersey struggles to reintegrate into his old life while delving into his own barely remembered past, trying to understand what drove him to a failed suicide attempt.
Trigger is a provocative, challenging novel that vividly illustrates the damage caused by suicide, not only to the direct victim, but also to his or her entire community. Told in Jersey's own voice, at times barely coherent due to his mental impairment, the novel also dramatizes the difficulties faced by a young person with brain injuries. Author Susan Vaught is a practicing neuropsychologist, and her sensitivity toward the subject brings a heartbreaking realism to the story.
Trigger is not an easy novel to readits style and its dark subject matter make it most appropriate for mature teensbut it is an important one. Jersey's unsteady journey into his past will give readers a better understanding of the causes and wide-ranging effects of teen suicide, and should help promote discussion of this ongoing problem.