Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Synopsis:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers 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.
Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

My Thoughts:

Wow! What a great book.  It’s like reading a real life diary.  With the growing number of teen suicides due to social factors like bullying and gossiping among peers, this book really sheds a light on what goes on in the mind of someone struggling with these issues.  The power of this book affected me in so many ways, I have children of my own and my one wish is that they grow up happy!  To think that something so little can affect their feelings and in return snow ball into something so big that they feel life is no longer worth living is such a scary thought.  I think that this is a great book for teens to read, it could show them just how detrimental the outcome of being mean can be. It could also show those contemplating suicide that there is someone out there for them, there is always a person willing to help.

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