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. :)

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