Monday, May 9, 2011
Review of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Author: Jay Asher
Published by: Razorbill
Source: Audiobook from Library
From Goodreads: Jay Asher's brilliant first novel is a moving, highly original story that focuses on a set of audiotapes made by a girl before she committed suicide, and which explain to 13 people the reasons why she decided to end her life. Told in a highly effective duel narrative -- alternating between the girl s voice and the thoughts of a boy who is listening -- this honest, poignant story reveals how other people's actions shape, and by extension can ruin, an individual's faith in people. Intensely powerful and painfully real, Thirteen Reasons Why reveals how brutal high school can be, the consequences of spreading rumors, and the lasting effects of suicide on those left behind.
The idea of this novel haunted me even before I picked it up. I mean how freaky would that be to receive tapes from a deceased girl talking about how each person affected her life and in turn her death. Yikes!!!
The first thing I noticed when listening to this novel is how much I like Clay. I felt he was the kind-hearted, good guy and I was really confused why he was receiving these tapes. It felt almost like he was being punished. He seemed to care so much for Hannah and these tapes were just hurting him. I think he was the perfect narrator for this story. He helped us the most to understand Hannah and all of her situations than anyone else would have.
Hannah was an interesting character. At first I was really upset with her. I felt she was blaming people for her suicide and I didn't really understand, but then I really listened and I was heart-broken. I don't think people realize how much teasing, bullying and rumors hurt people. I very much believe that a person can be hurt so much more emotionally (especially in high school) then they usually are physically. I think some high-schoolers (and people in general) are a bit selfish and tend to think only of themselves and not about how their actions effect others.
I highly recommend this novel mostly as a way to understand Hannah's story and others who may be like her.