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5.0 out of 5 stars Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher, 29 Aug 2012
This review is from: Thirteen Reasons Why (Paperback)
I don't know how many of you reading this right now are lovers (and reviewers) of this book, but I'm just going to ask this anyway: when you finished this book and sat down in front of your computer to write up your review, did your mind just go blank? I'm not asking whether or not you could remember anything about the book and thus didn't know what to say - god knows that's happened to me on more than one occasion, though - but what I'm actually wondering is if you found this book so amazing and heartwrenching that when it came to writing about it, you couldn't articulate the words needed to express how astounding the story was? Right now, I'm struggling to think of anything to say about this book that could ever possibly do it justice. I suppose I should probably try, though.

I devoured this book, completely and utterly. It's rare that I'll read a book in one sitting nowadays, but this story was so compelling that I couldn't have put it down even if I'd wanted to. When I first mentioned the premise of this book and how amazing it sounded to a friend of mine, she looked at me like I was crazy - and I know a lot of other people who think the same thing. It's morbid, I know, but you just know right from the off that it's going to be a powerful story, and that's what drew me to this book. The fact that you already know how it ends - with Hannah Baker killing herself - makes the story all the more meaningful since you know there's no happy endings here and that's one of the main reasons I bumped this book to the top of my wishlist.

Thirteen Reasons Why may just seem like it's about a girl that records thirteen messages blaming people for pushing her towards committing suicide, but in reality it's so much deeper than that. This book is a devastating story about how one's actions can have an effect on all aspects of a person's life. It's definitely dark and heavy, so I can't recommend it to anyone looking for a light and easy read, but if you're wanting something that actually makes you think about what you're reading, Thirteen Reasons Why is a good choice - granted you don't mind balling your eyes out. Since we're practically listening to the tapes first hand, it's very easy to get caught up in a maelstrom of emotion and, before you know it, several hours have passed and you're sat staring into space wondering how Jay Asher managed to make you feel this way.

This book is primarily written from Hannah's perspective but through Clay's ears, if that makes any kind of sense. What I mean is that even though this is Hannah's story, it's written from Clay's point of view. It's also written in real-time so we're basically experiencing everything right alongside him. His reactions to what Hannah talks about in her tapes are heartbreaking and you can't help but want to reach into the pages of this book and comfort him. Asher has a fantastic writing style that elicits all kinds of emotions and makes everything seem so real. I highly, highly recommend this book if you're a fan of this kind of thing, but again, if you're looking for something light, stay away from this story.
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