The Last Message Received – Emily Trunko (editor), Illustrated by Zoe Ingram

61dm5oulyyl  The Last Message Received – Emily Trunko (editor), Illustrated by Zoe Ingram, Crown, 9780399557767, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Non-Fiction (Social Issues, YA)

What did you like about the book? This is an artistic format for a few dozen heartfelt “last messages” from the popular tumblr of the same name.  Last texts received (or last words heard) are displayed with various accompanying illustrations and with differing fonts.  Most are sad, down-right depressing or at least bittersweet as submitters focus on lost relationships, broken friendships, loved ones lost to suicide. But the overall effect is cathartic, a reminder that in your deepest sadness you’re not alone.  Letters at the back bring this point home with reminders of how the blog or specific posts prevented their own suicides or helped with similar depressing life events. There are also resources at the back for anyone with depression or having suicidal thoughts as well as a page with information on how to submit your own “last messages” to the site.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The fonts and art are difficult to read in a few places though mostly this makes you have to slow down to absorb the message so generally works in the book’s favor (though not always, some are just downright rough to see).

To whom would you recommend this book?  Great if you enjoyed the Postsecret book or if you’re a fan of the Tumblr site already

Who should buy this book? Public Libraries

Where would you shelve it? Social issues (YA)

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No (unless you need a good cry)
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: April Duclos, Hudson Public Library, Hudson MA

Date of review: 1/31/17

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