Review of <em>Teenage suicide notes: An ethnography of self-harm</em>.

Reviews the book, Teenage Suicide Notes: An Ethnography of Self-Harm by Terry Williams (2017). Each chapter in this book profiles a different teenager who has, in one way or another, been affected by suicide. Williams’s interview subjects are primarily individuals whom he encountered during prior research endeavors over the past 20 years. In each chapter, narrative excerpts from interviews or diary entries are interlaced with Williams’s own commentary. While the book is framed as a descriptive account, the majority of the text consists of Williams’s own evolving internal struggle to understand how suicidality and self-harm emerge in young people. His appropriation of the narratives communicates a sense of anxiety, a nervous rush to tidy up the tales told by his interview subjects as they themselves seem to be trying to work through their own understanding during the telling. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)