Friday, April 12, 2013

On The Nightstand: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen 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. ---GoodReads

 This is a book that everyone should be required to read in high school. While the topic of this book, suicide, is a bit more serious than what I normally prefer, this book held my attention from start to finish. The two narrators telling different stories at the same time was hard to get used to at first, but it really made the book come together. 

Throughout the book, I found myself feeling for Hannah. High school can be terrible for a lot of people with rumors, teasing, and feeling like they don't belong, and her story made me so glad that high school is over. I also felt for Clay, the boy that had a crush on Hannah, that should have picked up on the signs but didn't. 

After reading this, you will start thinking about your actions and changing the way you treat people. You never know how you will affect another person's life with your actions and words.

Have you read any good books lately? Let me know and I'll add them to my reading list!


  1. A Visit From the Goon Squad
    Wife 22

  2. I had mixed feelings about this book. Hannah was a little annoying at times - I felt like she was so busy trying to place the blame on other people, but ultimately, it was her decision.

    Here's some books I read recently and enjoyed.

  3. Thanks for the suggestions laDies!