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Friday, September 11, 2015

Fiction Friday - "13 Reasons Why" by Jay Asher

Happy Fiction Friday! The week is over and I'm ready to start a fun filled weekend with some friends. Plus, Penn State plays this weekend and I have some time to curl up with a book (normal things right?!). Today, I'm going to be reviewing 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. So, let's go ahead and get started.
Asher, Jay. 2007.

General information
Paperback: 336 pages
Genre: Young adult, contemporary
Publisher: Razorbill
Series: No

What it's about
Clay Jenson 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.

Why I loved it
I had heard that this was a great read, but other than that I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. Oh.My.God. This was an emotionally charged read. For me, it was very eye-opening and I'm very happy I read this book. It's a reminder that we don't always see each other's battles AND that we all play a part in each other's stories, both good and bad. Everything we say and do has an impact on the lives of people around us. I think that this is an important book for everyone to read. We know that outcome of the book, but as readers we learn Hannah's story - and that is so important. I cannot say enough good things about this book!

Why you should read it
I honestly think that everyone should have to read this book. It's a reminder that how we treat each other does matter and has an impact on everyone's lives around us. It doesn't matter that this is a young adult book - it's one of those where I think everyone can get something out of it. Seriously, everyone needs to read this. 

My rating
5/5 stars - this book brings up a topic that is not easy to talk about (suicide) and presents it in a way that is eye-opening and shows the emotions and story of the individual. It's such an important message and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I was able to get so much out of it.

Have you read this one? Share your thoughts below.
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