*Note, while I will try to avoid major spoilers, I sometimes won't be able to help it.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

"Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher

Phenomenal!  Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why follows the story of Clay,  a teenage boy that has just discovered thirteen self recorded audio tapes on his front porch.  The tapes contain the confessions of Hannah, a classmates of Clay's that has recently killed herself.  Each tape has the story of someone in Hannah's life and why they were a part of her decision to commit suicide.  The tapes are being sent from person to person until each of the thirteen have listened to them.  The readers go along with Clay and Hannah on one night, and on one incredible journey that will change Clay forever.

Though Clay is the main character, Hannah is the main narrator.  The majority of the book is made up of Hannah's recordings intermixed with the  Clay's reality as he follows her instructions to go from one location in town to another.  This book is extremely powerful.  Readers cannot help but relate to Hannah's plight as she describes some of the torments she lived with day in and day out.  It also has a difficult outcome.  You go into the book knowing that the final outcome will not change- Hannah will never make an actual appearance in the story.  I rarely cry over books, but I came close with this one.  A heart breaking book with jaw dropping moments, but a book that should none-the-less by on your reading list if it isn't already.

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