Saturday, April 16, 2011

Book Review: Th1rteen R3asons Why

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin Group USA), 2007
First Read: December 19th, 2009
Page total: 288 pages
Genre(s): Realistic Fiction, Suicide, Young Adult

Synopsis: Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.
Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes - and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.
All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town...
... and what he discovers turns his world upside down.
(adapted from the back of the book)

Every time I read this book, my own world looks less gray - because, unlike Hannah, I know I have people I can turn to. I may not have best friends whom I feel totally comfortable with, but there are people who talk to me when I look lonely. There are people who are really interested in what I have to say, who appreciate what I do and who make me laugh with their easy-goingness. And yes, I'm sure there are people who would reach out for me if I asked them for help.
So, thanks for writing this book, Jay Asher. Your book makes me appreciate what I have more. One of my all-time favorites.

Now something on the book itself: Thirteen Reasons Why is a page-turner you won't be able to put down until you have clued bits and pieces of Hannah Baker's life together. It's heart-wrenching but has a hopeful future prospect at the end of the book. I'd recommend it to everyone.


Anonymous said...

I loved this review. Honest and personal.

Cozy in Texas said...

Thanks for the review.

Katie said...

Whew, this book is a doozy! It just tears you up emotionally, but at the same time, makes you so appreciative of the good people in your life. I would love to see 13 Reasons Why tackled as a class novel in a HS English class! What an incredible discussion starter...

UK said...

The storyline is wonderful and I loved everything about this book. I couldn't put it down! I love the way that it was written and the basic plot. It is definetly emotional and thought-provoking. Wonderful story for all ages, especially teens.

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