Friday, August 17, 2012

Thirteen Reasons Why

By Jay Asher

All I can say, is read this book. It will change your life. Jay Asher writes this book in such a way that you have simultaneous narration going on. Both sides are equally important. Together, they tell the story about why Hannah Baker commits suicide, what events snowballed together to cause her to seek such a release. I recently reread it a year or so after I first read it. The first time, I was like, What a sad story. Well written though. I like it! The second time, I was bawling. It means so much more to me now that I'm older and more world wise.

In this book, Clay Jenson comes home and finds a brown paper package addressed to him with no return address. He was excited. But then he starts to listen to them. And he hears a voice of someone he never thought he would hear again. Hannah Baker. The girl who committed suicide. And so we are launched into the journey of Clay's life, learning how his first love, Hannah Baker, decided to end her own. It's awful, because Asher conveys perfectly every emotion Hannah is going through and Clay's reactions. By the end, your heart is breaking as you hear Hannah giving up, losing all hope. Mr. Asher writes this novel perfectly.

I think very highly of this book. It gets a 4.9. It would get a 5 save for the fact that I don't feel Clay's character is a developed as it could be. But please, read this book. It is really touching and will help you in life, understanding people and learning to help. :)


By Orson Scott Card

The first thing about this book, it confused the heck out of me. Because or the simple fact that there is time travel. Time travel has always confused me, considering the paradoxes and the fact that two or however many versions of oneself could exist in the same time period. And then he has the fact that you can take stuff out of one period or put stuff in or whatever. All very confusing. And half of it went over my head because I wasn't paying close attention. But I still like the book. :)

It's about this kid named Rigg and he goes off on this whole big adventure. It starts with him and his father, and they're out traveling the woods. But then they are separated and Rigg has to take their furs (they lived as trappers) and go find his mother in the big city. Except, he finds out that he has the power to change the past, but only with the power of his friend, Umbo. Then they go off and have this crazy adventure and you are left with an ending that you go, I totally hope there is a second book. And guess what? There is! Can't wait for it. :)

A solid 4.3. Didn't get higher because I didn't get some of the technical stuff and I didn't particularly like some of the characters. But I still encourage all of those people out in the world to read it. :)