Monday, September 30, 2013

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher



Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher (Blog)
Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: library copy
Rating: Amazing!

Thirteen Reasons Why was simply amazing. It was one of those books that catches my attention (and heart) from page one and keeps it straight through to the end. While it isn't an easy book to read, it is well worth the roller coaster of emotions the author takes you on.

Clay Jensen is one of the people who receives the box of tapes that classmate Hannah mails out. Hannah committed suicide and the tapes tell the story of why. Each person who receives them is part of the story or part of the reason.

He is unsure why he would have been on the list since he can't recall being awful to her. The stories and secrets that are shared on the tapes are awful. Why did he receive them?

The story is well told. I enjoyed Hannah's voice even if it was heart wrenching. There was a sense of foreboding throughout that kept me turning the pages as quickly as possible. I ended up reading it in one sitting because I just had to find out what happened.

The characters are well developed. The story line is tight. I think this is one of the very best books I've ever read. Thirteen Reasons Why is a young adult book that young adults need to read. Being a teenage is a confusing time. You aren't a little kid but you aren't an adult yet either. Hannah's reasons are authentic and I think that reading that you aren't alone in your thoughts would help other teenagers. 

I can't even put into words what a powerful book this is. I don't often re-read but I think that I will re-read this one again. 

2 comments:

  1. I have this one on my Nook, and I'm really eager to get around to it. I've been putting it off because of the subject, but now that it's squarely on the radar I am very much looking forward to it.

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    1. It was really amazing. You know that I don't re-read but I want to read that one again. Hope you like it as much as I do!

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