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The three-page author's note recounts the author's personal experience with the subject matter. Her great-grandfather "died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound." She also notes, "a boy I knew and loved killed himself." She adds that she had "lost [her] father to cancer" a year after losing her friend, but that the two deaths were treated very differently because of the "stigma surrounding suicide and mental illness." She further cites the statistic that "as many as 80 percent of people with [bipolar disorder] go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed." The remaining page lists resources for suicide prevention, diagnosing mental illness in teens, survivors, bullying, and abuse.
The note and the resources are additional insights into the novel for the reader. They allow a reader to see that the characters are influenced by Niven's life experiences. Additionally, they speak toward decreasing the stigma of mental health disorders and suicide.