Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Book Review #172 - Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

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 Rating: 3/5

I had really high expectations for this book as I had read only positive reviews about it. I found out that I liked the premise more than the execution.

The main problem I had with this book was that it took me forever to stop getting confused between Clay and Hannah's points of views. Hannah's were in italic and Clay's were not.

I found the book to be very interesting and I was definitely invested in the characters, I just failed to feel any kind of emotion or sympathy towards them, especially Hannah.

The whole book I kept waiting for a valid reason why Hannah killed herself, but there wasn't one. I think all those little things just built up.

I really liked the writing style though, and am definitely going to read other books Jay Asher writes.

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