Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

Book review by
Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls Book Poster Image
Lurid violence and body count mount in grim, dark thriller.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls invites a lot of thought about relationships, good and evil, power and its abuse, doing bad things for lofty reasons, and the like.

Positive Messages

Positive messages are few in a twisty plot whose main takeaway is that just about everything is a lie and that choices you make for what seem like good reasons can lead you down a terrible path.

Positive Role Models & Representations

June is strong and appealing in her determination to seek justice for her murdered friend. So are some of those who try to help her. But as the quest progresses, they all head down treacherous paths and fall into ethically murky behavior. Characters lie, steal, drink, do drugs -- and commit murder.


The body count builds as the story progresses, and most of them could be suicides. Before her death, one claims in graphic detail that a family member tried to rape her. But, as June peels away one layer after another of deception, the reality is even darker; as with Stephen King's books, some villains' pure creepy evil eclipses even the depravity of their crimes.


Female characters have erotically charged relationships with one another, with lots of kissing, touching, and hair playing; numerous couples (same- and opposite-sex) have sex, and some get involved in titillating party games. One character keeps a collection of penis photos on her phone and mentions that she gave someone a blow job to get something she wanted from him.


Plentiful strong language: "f--k," "s--t," "dick," "balls," and the like, mostly as everyday conversation.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teen drinking is only part of the landscape, as are drunk and hungover teens. A drug dealer, his parties ("A girl in a long gold dress is crouched down on the floor where I left the pill, snorting up the dust"), and his wares (which some of the characters use freely) are important to the plot.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, besides several violent deaths, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls is packed with sex (same- and opposite-sex), drinking, drugging, deception, and seriously toxic relationships. The thrilling, twist-laden plot as a teen tries to discover the truth about her friend's death will make this book hard for many readers to put down, but by the time it's delivered its last shock, they'll have traveled through some pretty dark places. Expect plentiful strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t").

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykdray November 12, 2018

Pretty twisted

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It was pretty dark and twisted. Excessive use of profanity (f---, d---, pu---, gd) and unhealthy relationships. Th... Continue reading
Adult Written byjessicajlom1 April 6, 2016

suicidal notes from beautiful girls

June and Delia used to be best friends. One night things went wrong and their friendship was over. Her friend then dies she is now in the investigation to find... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySilkiechicken63 June 2, 2020

it got better

the first half of the book was ok, but it got sooo much better!! i kind of loved the ending (and not to mention the cover is gorgeous).
Teen, 13 years old Written byPatSajak April 21, 2020

Really Good Book

This book does have some sexual references and is very dark...really good though

What's the story?

High school juniors June and Delia used to be best friends and had an almost telepathic relationship. Then, about a year ago, things went weird and they've hardly spoken. But when June, along with the rest of the school, gets the shocking news that Delia has committed suicide, she's sure it's not true and that her onetime BFF was murdered. As she pursues a relentless quest for the truth, it gets harder and harder to know what's real -- or whom to trust.

Is it any good?

Fans of the dark side will appreciate the moral ambiguity in this fast-moving tale of a relatively innocent teen girl trying to do the right thing in an increasingly dangerous, untrustworthy world. Others may find SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS too lurid or too profoundly hopeless.

Told in alternating present-day and flashback segments, it effectively establishes the characters and their complex motivations, while offering a glimpse of pure evil, making it more akin to a horror tale than most thrillers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Why is teen suicide such a popular theme in stories today? Is this story similar to others you've read? Do you know anyone who's been touched by this type of tragedy?

  • In hindsight, you sometimes find you would have done something differently if you knew how your decision was going to turn out. Has this happened to you? Was there anything you could do about it?

  • If your friend was thinking of doing something terrible, such as committing a violent crime, what would you say?

Book details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love mystery and horror

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Top advice and articles

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate