31 March 2009

Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen was an average teenage boy until he came home one day to find a shoebox on his doorstep. Inside that shoebox were 7 cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah Baker. The only problem was Hannah committed suicide 2 weeks earlier.
Suddenly Clay finds himself in the midst of a whirlwind of emotions, locations and secrets-- some of which are sweet others are very vile. According to Hannah, there are 13 sides to her story, 7 tapes with a story on 13 sides, 13 people who would receive her tapes and 13 reasons why she killed herself. There would be 13 people who would receive the tapes, each with their own role in her death-- Clay is on one of those tapes.
Jay Asher's first novel is an amazing testimony to the impact a single word, action or thought may have on someone. Mr. Asher took a really tough topic and brought a sense of dignity to being left behind.
As I was ready, I found myself completely sucked into the story and wanting to learn how Clay had a part in Hannah's death. This novel is a great book for people who have had a friend commit suicide-- it can be theraputic.


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