Review: Th1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY by Jay Asher

November 29, 2008

cover_thirteenreasonsClay 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.

Thirteen Reasons Why was one of those books that you cannot put down.  I started it eighth period Monday and finished it at about 8:30 that night.Jay Asher’s characters are very real, and the emotions are expressed very well.  The only qualm I had with this book was that Clay’s reactions to Hannah’s stories sometimes got in the way.  Other than that, it was an amazing read that I would definitely recommend to teens.

Links: The book’s site, Jay Asher’s blog, Hannah’s Reasons, Becky’s Book Review, Teen Book Review, Boys Blooging Books Review and Interview


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