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Thirteen Reasons Why
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August 1, 2011
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WOW!!!! This book blew me away. SUICIDE. No one talks about it enough. Yet most people have thought about it. This book amazingly follows a young girl's life and the events that lead up to her Suicide. I think it does a great job of showing how someone who is depressed can just tumble down through a series of events. Really you have no idea how you can affect someone's life with a smile or a snide comment.
I have to say, this was a book unlike any other. Yes, some similarities to John Green's work -but much more intense. By the end of the book, I was so passionately PISSED at Hannah for killing herself I think I walked around in a huff for days. This is the perfect book for someone who has thoughts of suicide to read because suicide only hurts more people and you can just feel that emanating from Clay during the whole book. He barely even knew Hannah as a person and he was devastated by her suicid...more
3.5 stars.

This book is kind of sad for me. From light matters starting a snowball effect, Hannah's narration really speaks out and rings true. I especially love Clay's part, and the originality in which the author creates something new, with voices of ordinary teenagers and their everyday problems, into something meaningful. Personally, the authenticity of her inner conflicts shown in her narration makes me understand clearly the reasons why Hannah killed herself. The book is nicely written.

This book is hugely popular among teens. I had begun listening to it on audio and was turned off by how whiny Hannah seemed. I thought it was the reader narrating the audio book. Turns out that it wasn't the reader. Hannah invests such a tremendous amount of energy into crafting her elaborate revenge scheme, I could not fathom why the girl would then kill herself. Yes, she does suffer through some traumatic events and I know teens can be self-pitying, but this orgy of self-pity, for an adult any...more
Jun 26, 2011 Kaity marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
Apr 14, 2013 Numbedtoe is currently reading it
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Adam Boisvert
Aug 10, 2011 Adam Boisvert marked it as to-read
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Apr 21, 2013 Lorisse rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Jul 01, 2014 Donna marked it as maybe-someday
Mar 15, 2011 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Nov 19, 2010 Ginny marked it as to-read
Kate MacKinnon
Oct 10, 2010 Kate MacKinnon marked it as to-read
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Feb 16, 2010 Nikki rated it 3 of 5 stars
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