Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I know most of us have had thoughts of suicide at one time or another. Do you know anyone who actually went through with it? I hope not.

Clay, however, does. The girl he had a crush on for quite a while committed suicide, and two weeks later, he receives a package of tapes on his porch. He puts the first one in, only to hear Hannah's voice telling him that he has seven tapes--13 sides--of reasons why she killed herself. Each side is a reason, and each side is devoted to one person. Clay listens to each tape as he slowly follows Hannah's last thoughts to completion.

This is told in Clay and Hannah's voices, alternating. Unlike other alternating voice books, however, this book has both characters speaking throughout the novel. The story is very powerful.


  1. I haven't read this book, but did anybody notice that "thirteen" is the unlucky number in this country? No wonder that's the number the author used!

  2. I finished this book just a few days ago (audiobook actually). I couldn't stop listening to it... I stayed up late to finish it! It was amazing, and has a good ending (considering). This is a book that every teenager and adult should read!