Published by Razorbill on October 18, 2007
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
I am going to tell you all the reasons why I love Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This book has been on my TBR list for a while. From the first time that I saw the interesting cover on a shelf inside Target. It was catapulted to the top of my neverending pile of next reads when one of the women in my book club chose it as our December selection. She deserves a hardy pat on the back for that. This is why you should bump it up to the top of yours:
The opening hook sets deep. It will have you from hello. After reading the first page, I got that giggly, “this is going to be gooooood” feeling. And it didn’t disappoint.
The structure and delivery of this story was very original, and extremely plot driven. Go ahead and block off the afternoon for this story. It had me tearing through the pages like a meth addict in the Sudafed aisle at the local pharmacy.
The subject matter is a difficult one: suicide. If you don’t want a raw look into the teenage perspective of a mostly silently killer, then keep moving. But you’ll be doing yourself a great disservice. As the parent of three tween girls, the was a startling, helpful look into the dark corners of the adolescent universe. I believe I am a better mother for it. Likewise, the characters will deeply resonate with young adults, and accurately depicts an array of mindsets within the teenage universe.
I won’t lie. At the end of the novel, I wanted to punch something. Someone. But I’ll take a novel that elicits strong emotions, with characters that linger in my mind and my heart over fairy tale anesthetics any day of the week.
Be sure to get this dose of poignant reality as soon as possible.
Four out of Five Stars