Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Several words come to mind when I think of Jay Asher's debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why: Haunting. Powerful. Breathtaking. Chilling. Moving.
If you have yet to read TRW for yourself, I suggest you do so immediately.
In Thirteen Reasons Why, you follow Clay through the worst night of his life after discovering a package on his porch. Inside are seven tapes that contain thirteen stories -- thirteen reasons -- that he will never forget. Especially since Hannah Baker, his recently deceased crush, is the one telling these stories.
Armed with the tapes, a Walkman, and a map, Clay journies through the town, discovering just why Hannah Baker commited suicide.
This book grips onto you and does not believe in letting go. I know there were several instances in which I forgot I was reading and became so drawn in it was as though I was living it out.
I can promise you -- you'll be begging to know the Thirteen Reasons Why once you start reading it.

{Alesha's Thoughts:}
Thirteen Reasons Why is an amazing book. I was hooked from the very first page and could not put it down. It's such a sad yet thrilling book that keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen next. Asher does and amazing job telling the story of a devastated young boy on a quest to find out why.

Don't miss his next book, The Future of Us, which is equally good and about the first sightings of Facebook! Look for the review soon :)

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