Monday, July 7, 2014

Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher

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This month, I will be reviewing Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. In this book, Clay Jensen finds a shoebox containing 7 cassette tapes, each with a story on both sides except for the seventh tape. In the tapes, Hannah Baker explains to 12 people (no that was not a typo I really did mean 12) why she decided to commit suicide. These tapes take Clay, and the reader, on an emotional roller coaster through 13 different stories that all answer the same question; Why did Hannah Baker kill herself?

First off, let me start by saying if you don't think you'll like it because it sounds depressing, at least give it a try because it was an amazing book. People always judge books before they even try to read them. Anyway, onto my review. I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down. I love the way that Hannah chose to tell about her high school life. This book just proves that you can't believe every rumor you hear. There are always two sides to every story, what people say happened and what actually happened. Rarely ever are they the same story. This book was realistic, it could actually happen and maybe even in the same way. I'm glad that this book wasn't all about the tapes or all about Clay's reaction to Hannah's suicide, but rather a combination of both. I also loved the fact that Hannah wasn't just portrayed and a depressed teenager that just randomly decided to commit suicide, because suicide is never random. There are always reasons that people commit suicide, and this book shows that. Suicide is the third highest cause of death in people ages 15-24. If you know someone who is considering suicide, take it seriously, not as a joke. They could be reaching out to you like Hannah reached out to Clay, don't let them down. Don't be a reason somebody decides to commits suicide, be the reason somebody decides not to.

My Three Words: Realistic, Compelling, and Emotional

My Recommendation: For fans of realistic fiction and It's Kind of a Funny Story.

My Rating: 5/5

***I'm sorry I didn't post a review for June, but I've been really busy and haven't had time to read. I hope you guys can understand.