The True Colors series by Melody Carlson each deal with a different issue facing today’s teenagers. Pitch Black is the fourth book in the series and deals with teen suicide.
Morgan’s best friend Jason commits suicide leaving her feeling guilty, depressed, and confused. Why would Jason do such a thing and leave her all alone? Is there something she could have done to prevent it? If Jason couldn’t take the pressure, what chance do her and a few of Jason’s other friends have and should they just “check out” too? As Morgan struggles to deal with all these questions and emotions she learns that Jesus can help her through if she’ll let him and that to be a true friend sometimes you have to do difficult or unpopular things. She also learns that what you don’t know can kill you.
I have read several of the books in this well written series and think Carlson does a good job of dealing with tough issues without being too depressing or overly optimistic. While I don’t agree with Carlson’s views on the plan of salvation I find her portrayals of teens struggling to live a Christian life realistic and inspiring.
This book was more emotionally draining to read than some of the others in the series mostly due to the seriousness of the subject. Like they point out in the book, you don’t “try” suicide; it’s permanent.
I would recommend this book. It is not a “fun” read, but I believe it will help you understand what goes through the heads of some of the people who consider suicide and why it is not the answer.
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