Monday, June 29, 2009

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is a great YA novel. I saw quite a few of my students reading it so decided to buy it when I was at a Barnes & Noble last week.

I love the format. It's basically a series of 13 audio tapes narrated by a junior in high school who commits suicide. She sends the tapes to the first person she blames with the instructions to pass them on to the next person on the list, etc.

But, there is another narrator. Clay Jensen is on the list and his story is interwoven with the story on the audio tapes. What results is a mysterious trip into the last few weeks of Hannah's life and the events that led her to take her own life.

The ending is perfect, too!

All teenagers should be required to read this book!

4 comments:

Titania said...

I am a Bookworm and love bookstores. I just bought "a fortunate life" by A.B.Facey,for a friend. I have read it before and found it well worth reading.
He was born in 1894 and grew up on the Kalgoorlie Goldfields and in the wheat belt of Western Australia. It is a true story.
It is interesting to see what other people read.

Paula Weston said...

This sounds like a really interesting - and important book. I'll keep an eye out for it.

Another Muggle said...

This sounds like a great book. I have added it to my (ever increasing) reading list :)

Belgie said...

I seriously loved the thrilling, edgy and mysterious plot of this book. It totally draws the reader in, and makes them want to keep reading. I finished this novel in a day due to the realistic and down-to-earth feel it beheld. Though it is a sad novel, it is extremely touching and will make the reader ponder deeoly about the topics brought up. I instantly felt connected to the characters and never lost interest. "Thirteen Reasons Why" is a fast, extremely intriguing read for teens especially.