October 7, 2011

Latest Read: Thirteen Reasons Why

Here are the basics ...
Books: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher

Bloghttp://jayasher.blogspot.com/
Category: Young Adult 

My thoughts ...
One sentence summary: Clay Jensen arrives home to find a package of cassette tapes sent from a classmate, Hannah Baker, who recently committed suicide. 


The good: It's a really moving story, told in an unconventional way.  Since it's told from Clay's point-of-view, you feel like you're finding out the truth with him, which makes her words that much more powerful.  All day, I've been looking up reviews of the book and I was surprised by the comments regarding the cruelties she faced.  That some of the "pranks" she endured weren't that big of a deal.  But I disagree.  They were a big deal to HER and I think, at that age, the things you experience make a huge impact on you.  I think her story is sad and that people shouldn't take for granted the impact your words/actions can have on others, especially if they're cruel. 

The bad:
 Sometimes the chain reaction of certain events felt almost.. too much (then again, you never know).  And I wanted more of an ending.. more reflection.  It felt kind of abrupt.  


Do I recommend?
:  Definitely.  I read it in one sitting.  Once you start, you immediately want to know where it's all headed and why her story ended the way it did.



Happy reading! 

1 comment:

  1. I swear, since I started reading your old posts, all the books you've reviewed are books that I really, really, really want to read. This is one of the ones that has always caught my attention, but I never remember to get it. Thanks for the reminder!

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