(32) Thirteen Reasons Why

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill
288 pages
Genre: YA

Synopsis: Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush - who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

Review: What can I say about this book other than WOW. Watching this girls world unfold and knowing how it ends before it even begins is like watching the movie Titanic where you know the boat sinks but you still can't believe it happens in the end. Jay Asher has an amazing ability to get you inside the mind of a suicidal young girl.  This book explores how rumors, judgements and the way we treat others has lasting consequences that we may never see.  It can be considered a cautionary tale, to be careful how you treat others because your actions can have dire consequences.