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 thirteen 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.
This book had me hooked right from the beginning. I’ve read a few books about teen suicide, but this storyline was so different. Reading the thoughts of the girl who committed suicide, in her own words, was what sets this book apart.
Hannah gives all the reasons why she decides to commit suicide, and even though some of them seem a little small to me, to a teen living through it, it could be a big deal. Our words and deeds can have such a huge impact on others, we all need to be careful what we say and do. And of course, lots of small things can become one big thing. Plus, we all know that everything doesn’t affect each of us the same.
I loved this book and would recommend it to everyone, no matter their age, and think this book should be required reading for schools.
The power of the tongue is life and death