Saturday, January 30, 2010

My Take On Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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.

Ask me what Thirteen Reasons Why was about before I read it and I'd say suicide; now, however, I'd say repercussions.
In this thought provoking novel we follow Clay, a self professed "good guy", on the worst night of his life as he learns what led to his long-time crush's suicide. Hannah's left behind a set seven cassettes with thirteen stories that illustrate the consequences of seemingly minor actions and how things can get totally out of hand very easily. She starts in the beginning, with an innocent first, and weaves together the tale of thirteen people who had irrevocable impacts on her life- and, ultimately, her death.
I felt so bad for Clay, and found myself asking why Hannah felt compelled to make everyone feel so miserable, especially Clay. But as I read on I realized it wasn't just a suicide note blaming everyone for her choice; it was a confession.
At the beginning I thought I knew what was what, but I turned out to be absolutely wrong. Characters that seemed villainous turned out to be relatively harmless and characters I thought were harmless were anything but. The story may have been one of increasing darkness, but in the end there was a ray of hope. And after having suffered with Clay, it was all the more precious.
I'd rate this PG13 for the mature theme of suicide along with sugestive content. Really, it's just not meant for the under 15 set in my opinion.
I give Thirteen Reasons Why...
...Four Zombies!
It was one of the most thought provoking books I've read in a long time. I highly recommend this this book.

Happy reading,
Zombie Girrrr

**This book was obtained at my local library. I am not receiving compensation for this review.**


hcmurdoch said...

I am so glad to see someone else who liked this book; I thought it was really thought provoking! I had the opportunity to meet Jay Asher right after I read the book, which was totally cool.

Jessica W. (Book Bound) said...

This book is still sitting in my TBR pile...along with close to 200 others. Lol.

But I am really looking forward to FINALLY reading this one.

Great review!

pirate penguin said...

I really enjoyed this book despite how depressing it was. I wanted so badly for Hannah to be ALIVE but I had to keep reminding myself that she wasn't anymore. I felt so bad for Clay<3

Wonderful review :)


Nice review! I enjoyed this book :)

hmsgofita said...

I've seen this at the bookstore and have wondered about it. Glad to see it's worth the read! I'm always in to thought-provoking. Great review.

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Sounds powerful. And I like the fact that if shows how people have so many layers. One dimensional good or bad isn't the reality. Great review!

Ali said...

Great review!! By the way, you have an award at my blog!

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