Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I am on a roll with picking some fabulous books lately!  This one was our book club pick of December and I gobbled it up. Like gobbled.  My friend Julie and I were texting each other all evening - "what page are you on?" "Now what page are you on?"  "Are you finished yet?"  Even though the format of the way it was written was very different than what I'm used to, I finally found my rhythm and started flying through it.  The author writes where the narrator is Clay, and anything written in italics is what he's hearing narrated on a cassette tape by Hannah.  Sometimes two different things were going on at the same time and I had to really focus to keep the stories straight.  But. so. worth. it. 

This book has been around actually for 5 years and I had seen some other reviewers rave about how great it was.  I'm so glad it was chosen for book club and that I voted for it! 

Seriously, if you've ever been bullied as a child or even in high school, this book will speak to you as it did me.  There's a not lot from childhood that I'd like to remember (mainly because of school), and I don't think adults realize what happens to a kid's self-esteem when other children are constantly making fun, teasing or bullying them.  If Jason and I are blessed with a child or children and I hear of someone bullying them, you better believe I'm going to do something about it.

Read this book, it's amazing.

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

Rating: *****

Recommend: For sure.

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