Sunday, January 24

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Summary: Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers 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 Thoughts: Wow. We meet Clay who arrives home one day to find a box full of cassette tapes from a girl named Hannah who committed suicide. I can't even begin to tell you how I felt about this story. From the first page on, I was hooked. I wanted to know what happen and I wanted to know more about Hannah. We discover throughout each tape how the people on the tapes had an influence on her life. This book really hit home with me, when I was a senior in high school, I had a friend who took her own life. Each page I felt more in tune with Clay and I wanted to hug him and make him feel better. I wanted to hug Hannah and tell her she was going to be ok and not hurt herself. We go through the tapes with Hannah and she explains everything. I can't really stress how emotional this book is. Theres just not many words that haven't already been said about it. Its beautiful and its real. Most people don't think about what their words mean to someone, or how their actions influence someone. Everyone needs to read this book at least once. Truly an emotional story. It had me in tears a few times because I could understand Clay's pain on losing Hannah.

Overall: Emotional. I really enjoyed reading this book because I haven't read much lately that makes you sit down and think about the book for days afterword.

Cover: It fits. Its a little depressing, but in a beautiful way.

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20 comments:

Michelle said...

It sounds like an amazing book! I am putting it on my wish list immediately!

runa said...

This is my favorite book <3
Thanks for the review & for spreading the word about such an awesome book!

Zia said...

I listened to this as an audiobook and I agree it was fantastic.

Sara said...

Great review! 13 Reasons Why is also one of my favorites :) I read it along time ago, but I still haven't forgotten about it.

oO Mariana Oo said...

Is a great book and your review is awesome. It is a very emotional book, and it actually makes you think about what you say to others, and I agree that everybody should read it.

sandi said...

this was my #1 read last year

Emma Michaels said...

I hadn't heard of this one before. Now I think I will order if from the library. Great post!

Kandace said...

I read this several months ago. It was such a great book! I've recommended it to a few people as well. Definitely one I will read again sometime.

Erin said...

I listened to this book as well. I took a jog and just kept going while listening to it. And it was unabridged so that how much this story kept me captivated. I loved it!!! It was so sad, but such a great story. It will be one that I think back on years from now. :]

Morgan said...

I've heard only good things about this book, but I've still been very hesitant to read it. I'm not in the mood for sad/depressing books because they'll just make me sad/depressed.

But since you said it was good...maybe I'll give it a chance. Thanks for the review!

Bere said...

Hey!
This really sounds like a fantastic book.
Your review is great, thank you.
This book is in my wishlist & I hope to read it soon!

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Nice review! Definitely sounds like a moving, emotional read. I really will HAVE to read this sometime. Thanks! :D

Milka said...

I bought this book A LONG TIME AGO and I haven't read it yet! I totally need to put it to the top of my TBR pile since your review really makes this book sound amazing!

Kathleen said...

This one is on my TBR shelf and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for a great review. I'm quite sure the book will have a great emotional impact on me when I read it.

The Library Lurker said...

I read this one a while back, and I still think about it sometimes. It's just such a powerful story. Great review!

BrittLit said...

I loved this book too, I agree that the emotions were really intense.

kalea_kane said...

I was crazy about this book. I read it about six months ago, and I thought it was amazing. Great review.

Catie S (Book Bound) said...

This is one I finally bought this month. I think it may be pretty close to the top.

Book Monster said...

This sounds interesting!! Great review!!

Wrighty said...

I read this last year and enjoyed it too. I heard the audio version was very good as well. I might have to get that from the library.

 

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