With Young Adult fiction being all the rage right now (see: Twilight & The Hunger Games series), I decided to take the suggestion of my school principal and read a novel he’s been talking about for a while – 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I was not disappointed. This book captures the self-analyzing, somewhat harsh reality of teenage life and the perceptions we have of ourselves, our friendships, and our lives during this tumultuous time.
Synopsis (from the book’s website): 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.
I got this book out of the library last Friday and finished it Saturday morning. It is THAT GOOD. It’s haunting and reminiscent. It illustrates how, although we are constantly interacting with others, we never truly know what they’re going through or how much of an impact our actions have in their lives. It is well written and has left an indelible mark on my soul. I’ve already recommended it to two different people and plan on mentioning it during Book Club. I cannot praise it enough.
Get it. Read it. Let it fill you up. Pass it on.