Friday, August 10, 2012

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher Book Review

Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
Published October 18, 2007 by Razorbill
288 pages

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 heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher was such an amazing book. The way that he used to narrators throughout the book, and manage to make it so I wasn't confused and scrambling all over the place to understand was an accomplishment in itself. This book touched me, and was emotionally heavy but was very well written. It's not a happy go lucky book, it deals with some deep rooted questions and themes. I love the way the words paint a picture and how you hear the story from two sides with the two different narrators. It's remarkably well done and I would definitely recommend it -- just not to those who are expecting something light and happy.

You connect not only with Clay, but with Hannah as well feeling both their emotions. The only reason this is a four instead of a five is because I loved it, but it's not something I would recommend for everyone. Suicide is a hard issue, and its something you have to be prepared for to read. I loved it though and definitely recommend it to anyone who is okay with the whole book being centered around this girl's suicide.
My rating: 4/5
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Happy Reading!

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