Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: October 18, 2007
Pages: 288
Source: Paperback/Library

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Review: This book gave me a completely different look on suicide and the reasons why people would do it. You never realize just what some people go through. You also never realize just what may push some people over the edge. This book made me look at suicide completely differently.

Clay found a box of tapes recorded by Hannah before she committed suicide on his doorstep after school one day. He finds out on those tapes are the thirteen reasons why she decided to kill herself, and he's one of them. Throughout the book he listens to the tapes and finds out just what pushed Hannah to kill herself and he comes to look at her in a whole new light while doing so.

Wow. First of all, if I found out I was one of the reasons why someone killed themselves I don't know what I'd do. I cant imagine that, and Clay having to deal with learning what he did and why he was on the tapes must have been so hard. I don't know if I'd be able to handle something like that. We also got a look about how someones life can get so bad that they felt like suicide was the only way out. Its shocking just how much people can hide and if your not looking for the signs how those people can just fall through unnoticed. It was also shocking to find out what Hannah went through that pushed her to kill herself. Those things should not have happened especially to just one person. Its like no matter how hard Hannah tried to forget about certain events new ones would take their places. They seemed to get worse as they went on also. It was just eye opening.

I would definitely recommend this. I think this is a must read. Yes, the book is actually really sad and the general idea of the book is sad but I think people should read this just to find out how suicide can affect peoples lives and just how much your hurtful words and actions can affect someone.

5 Stars!

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