Clay Jensen comes home and finds a package waiting for him. He takes it inside, the cuts into the packaging, anThe Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
Clay Jensen comes home and finds a package waiting for him. He takes it inside, the cuts into the packaging, and reveals several cassette tapes.
Cassette tapes? No one uses them anymore. Clay goes to the garage, where his father keeps an old tape recorder, he slides in the first tape. Cassette 1: Side A.
"Hello, boys and girls. Hannah Baker here. Live an in stereo."
Only Hannah killed herself two weeks ago. She recorded 7 tapes, one person per side, 13 reasons. If you received these tapes, you were a reason. The rules were you listen, and then you pass the tapes to the next person on the list. If you don't, well there was another set of tapes, and they would be made public.
The story follows Clay, as he tries to figure out why he is on a list, a list of people who caused a classmate to kill herself. A classmate he had a crush on. We follow Clay as he follows a red starred map, going to each destination as Hannah reveals them on tape. A sad version of a treasure map no one would want to be a part of. Clay stalks the streets of the town that failed to make a young lady feel valued, safe. Walks the streets listening to her voice as she tells her story of hitting her breaking point, where life has just become to unbearable. Trying to figure out where he fits in, why was he a reason.
This book, I'm not going to lie, showed up on an email list I recieve every once in a while. One of those emails notifying you that you have deals on books. Why am I telling you this? Because I was bored so I looked at that list, saw this book, read a few reviews. There was such a split on this book. "It's terrible. It's amazing." Which is it?
For me it was hard to get through, oh I read it in one day, I barely put it down. When I first started it a coworker who was younger than me, told me she read it in school. That is was terrible and her class hated it. I shrugged it off, I kept reading.
I felt for Clay, I felt for Hannah, heck, I felt for the mom who knew she was being lied to about Clay doing a school project. When I was a teen, I felt like I was in Hannah's shoes, but I had someone to pull me back. And that's why it was so hard for me to read. Because it could have been me. Hannah's story could have been mine.
So did I like it, would I recommend it? Yes. No matter your age, whether you're in school or have kids of your own in school. Yes, read it. Form your own opionion. But whether you like it or hate it, try to take the message from the book. We're connected. We matter to people whether we realize it or not. Other people matter to us whether they realize it or not. Be kind to one another. Look out for one another.
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