Monday, December 31, 2012

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

IN A GLANCE: I will never be able to forget this book.

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardback
Pages: 304 pages
ISBN #:  1595141715

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Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen 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.


In some ways I'm dreading writing this don't get me wrong its not because this book is bad in any way, actually its one of the best books I've read in a long time.  No, the reason I'm dreading it is because I'm not sure I can even come close to describing how amazing this book is.  

This book stunned me, made me cry, made me want to crawl into the book and hug the main characters, this book is one I will never forget as long as I live.  I read this book in three days, it would have been one sitting but my kids were home for Christmas break. I couldn't stop reading it though, every time I had to put it down I was thinking about this book.

This book revolves around a girl that killed herself, not something I would normally read, but this girl left a set of tapes explaining why she did it and its going around her bakers dozen.  These people that get the tapes have to do with the reason she kills herself.  The character Clay is the one that has the tapes when the book starts and he was in love with the girl and he has no idea why he could be on the tapes.  All the people on them really hurt her but he never did.  I'm not going to give any more away about the plot because I really think you need to read this book.  But I will say get at least one box of tissues if you are going to read it.

In Thirteen Reasons Why, author Jay Asher wrote a book that has a very different plot but one that, well to put it nicely I didn't think a male author could pull off with a female character as the one that killed herself.  But I was proved wrong because he does it amazingly.  The writing style is superb.  It was if I was watching it all happen and I could feel every feeling that Clay was going through the whole time.

Simply put I loved this book! I would recommend this book to anyone that loves YA and don't mind crying when reading.  Its amazing! If you haven't read it, pick it up and read! I promise it will be a book you will never forget. I could sit here and talk about this book for days, but I think I'll just go ahead and tell you my rating, if you can't guess it already. 


 Plot: 20/20
Characters: 20/20
Creativity: 20/20
Writing: 20/20
Ending: 10/10
Cover: 10/10

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