Saturday, January 15, 2011

Th1rteen R3asons Why

Review on: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher     13 reasons why
Appropriate for: 12+
Overall Starred Rating:              
5 stars 

Back Cover Synopsis: (from GoodReads.com)
Jay Asher's brilliant first novel is a moving, highly original story that focuses on a set of audiotapes made by a girl before she committed suicide, and which explain to 13 people the reasons why she decided to end her life. Told in a highly effective duel narrative -- alternating between the girl’s voice and the thoughts of a boy who is listening -- this honest, poignant story reveals how other people's actions shape, and by extension can ruin, an individual's faith in people. Intensely powerful and painfully real, Thirteen Reasons Why reveals how brutal high school can be, the consequences of spreading rumors, and the lasting effects of suicide on those left behind.

 

Critical Review:
This book is tremendously overpowering. It’s riveting, it’s just… awesome.

I heard from this book while checking some book reviewer’s blogger site for books, and I stumbled upon this little book. I was completely intrigued by the idea, so I gave it a shot.

I bought this book today, and finished it in four hours. I couldn’t stop reading! I loved the development and separation of the chapters. The thing I liked the most was the double-narrative and first-person-present tense.

CC Comments:

Just one. At first, I thought Hannah Baker didn’t have enough reasons to kill herself, and her voice in the tapes sounded mocking, in a way. But, guys, don’t judge it at first- later on in the story everything will begin to piece together, don’t worry. An awesome book. Going into my favorites bookshelf (a.k.a my nightstand)

Recommend it to all of you!

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