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Friday, February 6, 2009

Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher

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.
Where should I start?
With the author - Mr. Asher did a spectacular job, truly.
The story it self - I agree with the New York Times, it is a mystery, eulogy and ceremony.
I understand the horrors that Hannah faced before she committed the suicide. Not thru first hand experience, but how it was written in the book. Uh-huh, it was that good, and heart wrenching and sad. I don't know why, but for some reason high school in America can be a dangerous place. The gossips get out of hand and harmless actions can turn out to be a beginning of a tragedy. It lead other kids to their untimely death. Either suicide or killing other students. (The Columbine Massacre for example). Are they too weak? too doubtful of themselves? Reading through this I am scared for my kid to be in high school, I know it's silly but I can't help it. I've watch, read and listened to too many stories about high school here. Can you blame me?
Ok so back to story. As far as revenge goes or having closure, our heroine Hannah got the job done. Completely exposing the people who thought everybody knew, to the other people who have done you wrong was brilliant but killing yourself totally kills the sweetness of it. The reaction from this said individuals were priceless, I pictured it like watching it on TV. Do they deserved being blamed? probably. Was hannah being unfair? yes, in some extent. But she clearly feels that it was necessary and I think ending it all and giving out those audio tapes set her free or at least I hope that did it.
P.SThis book reminds me of the movie: Odd Girl Out (Alex Vega), Speak (Kirsten Stewart)

1 comment:

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

I didn't enjoy this like I was hoping to. Here's my 2 cents:

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