Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.
Description: 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.
Let me just say Wow! Lately I’ve only read a few books that totally blew me away and this is definitely one of them. I didn’t want to stop reading this one.
Originally the idea sounded really depressing, reading why a young girl decides to end her life. But as you read about all the small events that took place that eventually snow balled up to a point where Hannah felt she could no longer go on, you realize that what may be an inconsequential action to give can mean a lot to someone else. I can only imagine what the rest of the recipients of these tapes must have been thinking as they listened to Hannah’s story but I hope they learned something from them as well. If you have not read this one yet I highly recommend you go out and get yourself a copy.