Young adult novels about teenage suicide are on the increase, but is it a taboo too far?Two teenagers commit suicide; bewildered, their friends desperate try to get their lives back on track. Anger, guilt and sheer overwhelming misery fuel the next long phase of their own adolescences, which are overshadowed by the question: “why?” It is happening all too horribly often. Luckily, this time it is fiction. In teen novels, as in life, suicide is becoming more common, as a new generation of writers for young adults confronts what has previously been seen as the last taboo.Some of them turned up at Edinburgh this week. Cat Clarke introduced Undone, about a teenager who kills himself after an explicit video revealing that he is gay is circulated among his friends. In Kite Spirit by Sita Brahmachari, a ‘perfect’ student commits suicide on the morning of her first GCSE exam. Both draw on real events. What are we to make of this? Writers for teens have always kept a sharp eye on the preoccupations of the generation for which they are writing: sniffing out the zeitgeist and tapping into the reality is part of what makes fiction for this age group work …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books