Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
I started this book a couple of days ago and usually start my reviews then. But I wasn't looking forward to it. I was, I picked it to read, and I am doing a book talk on it tomorrow, but the subject matter is a little icky for me.
Hannah Baker completed suicide.
A Baker's Dozen tapes have been left for the thirteen people who brought her to that decision.
Clay is one of the thirteen.
On the surface this is Hannah's story, it is her feelings and thoughts spoken out loud for all to know. But beneath that, just under that surface, the story belongs to Clay. He is dealing with a friend's suicide, he is dealing with know that he is one of the reasons she is gone, he is trying to hold it together.
Hannah isn't always a sympathetic character, she blames herself for so much. She internalizes everything, every little thing that happens is thrown into her life in such a personal way.
Clay doesn't see life that way. He is hurt that he even has to listen to the tapes. He is hurt that Hannah hurts. He is concerned that no one helped her - even himself. He hates people that hurt her.
Clay is the reason to read this book.
I hope that the subject matter doesn't scare you off. It really is a fantastic read. It is quick too.
Most of all, it feels so honest, so genuine, so real.
Hannah might be gone, but she is Clay's guide to the path of healing and forgiveness.
You can't hold yourself responsible for everything.
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