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Monday, February 7, 2011

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
Genre: YA
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: October 18, 2007

Summary: Jay Asher's brilliant first novel is a moving, highly original story that focuses on a set of audiotapes made by a girl before she committed suicide, and which explain to 13 people the reasons why she decided to end her life. Told in a highly effective duel narrative -- alternating between the girl s voice and the thoughts of a boy who is listening -- this honest, poignant story reveals how other people's actions shape, and by extension can ruin, an individual's faith in people. Intensely powerful and painfully real, Thirteen Reasons Why reveals how brutal high school can be, the consequences of spreading rumors, and the lasting effects of suicide on those left behind.

Book Review:
Thirteen Reasons Why is a pretty serious book. The whole idea is something that shouldn't be taken lightly. One girl, Hannah, commits suicide due to the actions of people in her life. They might not have realized it, but their actions effected her life more than they expected.

Even though this book is all about suicide and quite depressing stuff, I liked it. Thirteen Reasons Why was a breath of fresh air for me. I should probably start reading more books that aren't fantasy. Anyways, when I was reading this book I swear it felt real. The writing was really well done and the whole story seems like it really is something that happened. The whole story had a really serious tone to it. And it really focuses on some stuff that should be talked about more. Like suicide and how your actions can effect people in ways that you would never expect.  

Okay so I should probably be talking more about the actual book, right. Oh well, I tend to get sidetracked easily. Anyways I really liked the whole concept. It was well executed as well. I really liked the characters as well. Even though Hannah was dead and all that, I thought that her character was well done. It was kinda cool how she was able to get her message across even after she took her own life. I guess cool isn't the right word, but I can't think of any other words right now. Overall a really good book, that I'm pretty sure most people will enjoy. 

Rating: A

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