Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
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.
This books is more powerful then Jay Asher could have ever imagined. If you are not moved by this book there must be something wrong with you. The emotional effects of the situations in this books will stick with me forever. I will constantly be reminded of how my actions, whether good or bad, can affect one person so dramatically. High school is tough for everyone and this novel hits right on the emotional and physical pain many experience during this time. High school is not easy. It is not the "time of your life". People are mean and spread rumors easily. It is unfortunate how often those rumors are believed and the truth is never told.
Hannah took an interesting twist in committing suicide and leaving tapes behind for the 13 people that she believed had an effect on the reasons why. The ending of this story is gripping and unbelievable. It is so sad that Hannah was unable to receive the help she so desperately needed and asked for. This is a heartbreaking yet very real story of how your actions affect others. I truly believe that this book should be read and passed on by everyone. The emotional ride in this novel will never be forgotten. Out of the many books I have read this year....this is one that will stick with me.