If Morgan thought her life was tough beforewhat with a drug-addicted, klepto brother and a cradle-robbing motherit just got worse: Her friend Jason took his own life. Morgan copesor tries toby attempting to piece together vague clues that might explain Jasons suicide. Making matters worse, she cant help but feel responsible somehow. Sometimes she thinks maybe Jason had the right idea all along. This fourth book in the TrueColors teen fiction series deals with the important topics of grief, suicide, self-worth, identity, and handling tragedy.
In Pitch Black by Melody Carlson, a troubled young girl is confronted at school with the news that her best friend is dead. Morgan is faced with the horrible news that Jason, perfect Jason, killed himself.
The pain of losing him, accompanied by the guilt as she remembers things Jason said to her that now are clearly a cry for help, makes Morgan envy Jason. Morgan and two friends make a suicide pact. Deeply grieving for their friend, all three see death as an end to their pain.
Pitch Black is riveting but not a comfortable book to read. Its a troubling look into the empty lives of teenagers, with little parental guidance, too much emotional pain and no spiritual base. Morgan has fallen away from her faith in God, seeing her life as so miserable that she doesnt know what good believing is. Ms. Carlson takes us behind the cool mask of indifference a teenager is so good at maintaining and examines what might drive her to take her own life.
It is a powerful book that should be available to troubled kids and their parents, with its insights into a childs despair and faith based solutions that give real hope. - Mary Connealy, Christian Book Previews.com
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