Sunday, July 25, 2010

Thirteen Reasons Why

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Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher

Penguin Group

$16.99 U.S. (Hardcover)

FTC: I borrowed this book from a friend.

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.

My Thoughts:

I was not a huge fan of this book. I came in expecting a lot because of all the hype that the book receives. I think Jay Asher did an amazing job with the writing of the story. The details were phenomenal and everything flowed well. His characters were well developed and you could easily relate to most of them. My major dilemma in the book was Hannah. I think that her character came off as very manipulative. I understood the point that Asher was trying to make with her character, which is you should always be careful with what you do because it can affect other people, but I think there could have been a better way to convey this. Hannah seemed to want to ruin these peoples lives which was not something I approvd of. I did not have much sympathy for her character which shocked me throughout the read. While the writing was good and the idea of the book unique Thirteen Reasons Why was not the book for me.

Recommendations: High School aged girls/

Grade: B+

Age: Young Adult (14+)

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book. It really touched me on how you treat other people. You never know, what happening in their life.