Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Review: Th1rteen R3asons Why

Th1rteen R3asons Why
Jay Asher

What do you do when you find out that you caused someone to commit suicide? There’s not much that Clay can do when he finds a box of tapes sitting in front of his door. He is even excited since there is no return address. However, not only does the first tape reveal his crush Hannah talking, who had killed herself, but he is stopped cold when he hears her say

I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to these tapes, you’re one of the reasons why.

What else can he do but to continue to listen to the thirteen tapes? He follows her story through the town and learns not only Hannah’s story, but his part in it as well.

As you might have guessed already, I hardly have the words to describe this novel. Jay Asher presents Hannah’s story in a clear, raw form, and doesn’t shy away from what her story is all about: suicide. The reader is brought face to face with the knowledge that even the littlest of things can affect others immensely. I absolutely loved this novel, and it has now become my number one favorite.


The Book Muncher said...

i thought this story was so beautiful. and i cried when i read it. such a great story - too hard to describe! i agree!!

Melissa Walker said...

i was really drawn in to this one too...

Em said...

This book is definitely life-changing. Jay Asher is an amazing writer.