For a story about a boy who continually attempts suicide and ultimately succeeds although an unknown force brings him back to life, readers sure aren't quite given an answer as the the how and why questions that arouse while reading the story. While I was left pondering what I read, even though the story was slow moving and lulls at points, I still found myself picking it back up and wanting to read and forge on. As an adult now, I can't say I relate to Adam's struggles, but I'm sure many of today's youth will find solace and a comrade in its pages.
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 awakes after each suicide alive and physically unharmed, more 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.