Author: Jay Asher

Bookstore Classification: Young Adult

Readers: 13+

Jay Asher’s book, Thirteen Reasons Why, is a novel about teen suicide. Clay Jensen comes home one day to find a package on his door step with no return address. Little does he know what lies inside will change his life forever. Hannah Baker, a former classmate, committed suicide two weeks earlier and has left her suicide letter in the form of cassettes. Thirteen individuals will hear these tapes; they are the reasons why she took her life. Follow Clay Jensen’s journey through these tapes, did he negatively impact Hannah’s life?

Most people assume teenagers take their lives for one reason only, unpopularity. Unpopularity encompasses sadness, resentment, and loneliness. This book cracks open a world where we can see how one small event leads to other events which eventually crashes a teenager’s world around them. I hope this book becomes a school required reading; it could open the eyes of many who do not think about their actions and the effects they have on others.

Listen to the author, Jay Asher, in his own words.

Published in: on December 31, 2009 at 9:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

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