Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

My rating: 5.0/5.0
This is a completely engrossing book.

About the book:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers 13 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.

My Review:

I sat down really unsure if I wanted to read this book. At it's core is a teen suicide and I didn't think I would like a book that sounded that depressing. But it has lots of great reviews so I checked it out from the library and then sat down to read it. I'm glad I did because this book is wonderful.

At the heart of this wonderful young adult novel is a set of tapes that is going around between the people that Hannah Baker thinks was responsible for her giving up on life. The book begins when Clay Jensen receives the tapes and starts listening to them. Through the tapes we learn about the big and little things that caused Hannah to make the decision to commit suicide.

It's very eye-opening and I think all ages (teenager and above) can get something out of this. I think it shows so well that even the little things we do matter to someone else. I know I was moved by this book and it's message and story will stay with me for a long time to come.

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Amy said...

It's definitely a thought provoking book that stays with you for a long time.

Joy said...

I read this too and really had about the same reaction as you did. I think it would be great for teens to read if they really understood the message the author is trying to get out.

Crystal said...

Joy - you are right about "if they really understood the message the author is trying to get out".

I guess hindsight is 20/20 and it really came through to me, but when you're living it as a teenager it's not as obvious. I think I'm glad I'm not a teenager anymore. :)

Cym Lowell said...

Excellent! Thanks for bringing this book to the attention of others. Also, thanks for your support of Wednesday's Blog Book Review Link-up!

Stay tuned for Friday AM, when I announce the winner of the Amazon GC.

Again, I have enjoyed reading your blog & review!


PS. Amen to not being a teenager anymore!

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