Friday, February 25, 2011

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why
By: Jay Asher
Source: Bought E-book
Released: October 18, 2007
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Jay Asher's brilliant first novel is a moving, highly original story that focuses on a set of audiotapes made by a girl before she committed suicide, and which explain to 13 people the reasons why she decided to end her life. Told in a highly effective duel narrative -- alternating between the girl s voice and the thoughts of a boy who is listening -- this honest, poignant story reveals how other people's actions shape, and by extension can ruin, an individual's faith in people. Intensely powerful and painfully real, Thirteen Reasons Why reveals how brutal high school can be, the consequences of spreading rumors, and the lasting effects of suicide on those left behind." (summary from
"I guess that's the point of it all. No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same."

Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why is the brutally honest story of Clay, who receives a package of audiotapes from his crush, Hannah who recently committed suicide. Hannah leaves behind thirteen tapes which tell of the thirteen people who all played a part in the reason behind why she ultimately decided to kill herself. Clay listens to each tape and awaits to not only hear what his part was in her choice, but he also learns more about Hannah and many secrets about his fellow classmates. 

I decided to read Thirteen Reasons Why after seeing that it will be adapted into a film in the near future and I am glad I read it because it provides a powerful message. This is one of those books that when you finish you think about it for days after. The plot flows smoothly with each page and the point of view switches back and forth constantly between Clay and Hannah, which helps provide a deeper perspective into the lasting effects of suicide. Hannah's story also teaches about how a single person can have an effect on another without even being aware of it. I strongly recommend that everyone read this book.

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