Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
When Clay comes home one day, he finds a box of cassette tapes with his name on it. On the tapes, are the reasons why Clay's crush and classmate, Hannah Baker, killed herself - and more accurately the 13 people that started the snowball affect that turned into her suicide. Clay has no idea why he is on this list. If he listens completely to the tapes, he will find out - but if he doesn't, someone will expose the second set of tapes to the world. Clay doesn't want either of these things to happen, but he has no choice. He has to listen to the tapes.
I have to say, this was a book unlike any other. Yes, some similarities to John Green's work -but much more intense. By the end of the book, I was so passionately PISSED at Hannah for killing herself I think I walked around in a huff for days. This is the perfect book for someone who has thoughts of suicide to read because suicide only hurts more people and you can just feel that emanating from Clay during the whole book. He barely even knew Hannah as a person and he was devastated by her suicide.
There are so many great issues brought up in this book - suicide, teen drinking, sexuality, and more. To narrow it down, the whole reason Hannah kills herself is that she loses her identity in the swarm of rumors and horrible things that happened to her. She feels less like a person and can't keep living as one.
The way the story is told is ingenious - as much as she was a total b*word for setting up something so terrible to send around AFTER she already killed herself. That being said, this is a must-read book. I loved the audio version and it drives you to really become passionate about the characters and what is going on. So, so good.
Short note: I listened to this on audio and I definitely suggest this format for this book! Made it that much better.
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