Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
If such good things hadn’t been said about it, I wouldn’t normally pick up a book where a kid commits suicide. The very idea of it just shakes me to the core with grief, especially now that I have kids of my own. However, I must say that I thought this book was interesting and captivating. Clay is a shy, studious, but well-liked high school student with a crush on Hannah Baker. He found it difficult to talk to her because he never felt good enough. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the chance to pursue a relationship with her because she committed suicide.
One day Clay comes home from school to find a package on the front steps. In it are cassette tapes on which Hannah recorded the thirteen reasons why she took her own life, each connected to a person or event. Clay must listen to all the stories, then pass it on to the next person. They are painful, honest, emotional, and Clay is forever changed after listening to them.
I can definitely recommend this book. It’s on the Georgia Peach Award list this year, so look for it on the display near the windows in the library. It’s powerful and gripping – you want to read more because Hannah’s words are captivating, and at the same time your heart breaks for what will never be.
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