Today's post is on Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher. It is 288 pages long and is published by Razor. It is a stand alone novel. The cover has Hannah on it. The intended reader is young adult, likes intense stories, and realistic plots. There is some foul language, sex, and violence in this novel. The story is told from both Clay and Hannah's point of view. There Be Spoilers Ahead.
From the back of the book- You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret ... is to press play.
Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.
Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes- and that he is, some way, responible for her death.
All throught the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town...
...and what he discovers changes his life forever.
Review- This is not a bad book for what it is. It is book to help teens think about the way that their lives intersect with others. The choices they make, how they treat others and themselves, what could happen to them because of that. My main problem with this book is Clay. He does not deserve to be on the list. Hannah says that but Asher wanted the reader to have someone who had not hurt Hannah to be the main voice for the book. I think it would have been more powerful if we has followed someone who had helped Hannah to her death. Having Clay as the main character may have helped the reader get through the story easier but I think that it losses some power because of that. That said it does tell the story without being preachy about it.
I give this book a Three out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.