A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby is structured similarily to The Poisonwood Bible where each chapter is told by different perspectives. The main characters in the story are Martin, Maureen, JJ, and Jess. The story begins in England on New Years Eve. None of the characters know eachother at first, but they all end up meeting eachother due to the one thing they have in common; they're all looking to commit suicide. On Topper's House, the common suicide destination, the four meet and decide to temporarily delay their suicidal attempts to look for Jess's ex-boyfriend. Later in the night, they decide to keep delaying their suicides in hopes to save eachother by finding their qualities worth living for. They all try and support one another even though they are of various ages and even after spending much time together, they don't see eachother as friends. With Jess being the youngest at age 18, she seems to be the one with the less serious reasons for her suicidal thoughts; therefore, she is the one who tries the hardest to fix everyone's problems. "Jess clapped her hands together and stepped into the center of the room. 'I read about this on the Internet...It's called an intervention. They do it all the time in America" (268). She is the one who administers this to try to help everyone. The four characters become eachother's support system until they decide their own fate.
1) Martin, Maureen, JJ, and Jess form a sort of "support group" to help them with their suicidal thoughts, though they rarely see one another. Do you think that if someone was completely serious about suicide that a type of support group would stop him/her?