Friday, August 27, 2010

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Summary: (from book jacket) Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker- his classmate and crush- who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first hand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself- a truth he never wanted to face.
Review: This book is amazing. It deals with a difficult subject and turns it in to a suspenseful book that will had me hooked until the end. This story is also told in a unique format that makes it all the more interesting.
 I really liked the fact that this is Hannah's story. We get to see inside her head and know what she is thinking and feeling as she slowly makes the decision to end her life. In most books that involve suicide either they weren't successful or another character is dealing with the aftermath so this book is also very unique in that respect. A few times in the story Hannah mentions the giant snowball of events. As I followed her story I knew exactly what she was talking about. As one event leads to the next I really saw what Hannah was going through.
  There were a lot of characters in this story and many of them only made brief appearances. However, every single one of them was so realistic. They were a bunch of high school students not really realizing how much they were playing a role in Hannah's decision. This book really shows how much and effect the smallest of actions can have on a person which many people don't realize. That is why everyone should read this book. it deals with a tough subject in a suspenseful way and all readers will be affected by the message it sends.

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