Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher



In this psychological thriller, a teenage boy, clay Jenson, receives a package in the mail from a classmate, Hannah, who recently committed suicide. The package contains cassette tapes with Hannah's voice detailing the reasons she killed herself -- and Clay is one of the 13 reasons.

8 Comments:

At March 13, 2008 at 6:36 AM , Blogger Anne Keller said...

My favorite book to booktalk. The summary sounds fantastic, the concept is so radically different than any novel I can think of, it makes you really rethink of how you treat people and what you say to people and how people interpet things differently. Then I read it. It was confusing for me with all the characters and for me, I guess the reasons for the suicide just weren't justifiable for me which sounds really stupid and that is the point of the whole book that people take things differently, but was a Nay for me.

 
At March 13, 2008 at 8:45 AM , Blogger Patty said...

I was so eager to read this after it made the top 20. I do agree that it is an intriguing concept for a book, and it made me think how even the littlest gestures and things we say can have long term ramifications. I listened to this as an audiobook and I liked it in that format. My 12 year old read the book (we were reading it at the same time and I didn't realize how mature the content got towards the end--oops, my bad!) and was rather ambivalent. I'm eager to see if other teens like the book.

 
At March 24, 2008 at 6:24 PM , Blogger Iris said...

I want to note here that the novel made it to No. 10 on the NYTIMES Bestseller List.. not bad at all for a first time author.

 
At March 25, 2008 at 7:22 AM , Blogger Carey S. said...

Awesome book, very good, hopefully this author will keep them coming at this caliber.

 
At March 27, 2008 at 12:56 PM , Blogger Deb Motley said...

I read this compulsively, but didn't love it. It's circing a lot, so apparently teens do. I liked the message to be nice to people because you don't know how what you say will affect someone else, but I guess I didn't like Hannah very much.

 
At March 28, 2008 at 12:53 PM , Blogger Katie said...

I really didn't like any of the characters and walked away from the book feeling grimy.

 
At May 11, 2008 at 9:24 AM , Blogger Janice Heilman said...

So I was thinking about it and....
Is the fact that this book is so popular among teens and a well-written book enough to make it an TU honor book?
It's not in my top picks but it is a very unique story and so popular - as Edith said - made it to #10 on NY Times list.
How much do we weigh all of the factors/criteria for the award? Teen appeal is one of my biggest factors.

 
At May 21, 2008 at 11:26 AM , Blogger Mary R said...

Not in my top 5, but found it was intriquing as an audio book. Also, a great booktalk and a book that teens are liking.

 

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