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BOOK REVIEW: THIRTEEN REASONS WHY
BY JAY ASHER

We hope you enjoy this book review by Kristen Leong.



"A shoebox-sized package is propped against the front door at an angle." Clay Jensen's life and beliefs are unraveled the moment he opens that package and pops the first tape in. Jay Asher spins a wild tale of Hannah Baker's suicide and Clay's part in it. This haunting tale tells how everything affects someone and how the smallest thing can snowball into a huge factor of someone's life. Clay walks around his small hometown, visiting familiar landmarks as he listens to Hannah's tapes directing him, telling him, about her experiences there, effectively changing his views forever. Hannah has thirteen reasons why she committed suicide and Clay learns that not everyone is who they appear to be. Clay's view of the town and its inhabitants change forever from just one night of listening to Hannah's thirteen reasons why.

Clay was heartbroken when he found out Hannah Baker, his crush, had committed suicide. A few weeks later, Clay comes home and sees a mysterious package addressed to him, leaning against his front door. He opens the package to see seven outdated cassette tapes. Popping the first one in while sitting in the garage, Clay is amazed and horrified to hear Hannah’s voice. She tells her listeners that if they have received the tapes, then they are one of the thirteen reasons why she decided to kill herself. Each reason seems to be connected to a person that Clay thought he had known before. If they didn’t pass the tapes along to the next person after them on her list of thirteen reasons why, Hannah’s tapes would be made public and everyone’s secrets would be unearthed in a very public fashion. Clay walks around his small town and listens on a walkman as Hannah lights up a whole new view of his once peaceful home. His beliefs are shaken to the core as his classmates and once familiar landmarks are cast into a new, harsher light.

Jay Asher has done a magnificent job using double narration, getting Hannah’s story told and Clay’s reactions. This haunting tale will leave you striving to be a better person if only so you won’t fear getting a set of tapes at your door one day, turning your life upside down.

REVIEWED BY KRISTEN LEONG

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, KRISTEN LEONG (NOTE: KRISTEN IS ONE OF OUR YOUNG ADULT REVIEWERS).


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