Saturday, August 7, 2010

13 Reasons Why

I recently read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Barnes and Noble summarizes the book this way:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker-his classmate and crush-who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

Thirteen Reasons Why was a great reminder of the strong impact books can have on readers. It was touching, heartbreaking, and dramatic.

To watch an interview with the author, click here. Later in the video, teens said the book reminded them that our comments and actions have an impact on others, even if we don't realize it. Asher didn't pound this message home. Instead, he sprinkled it lightly, allowing the reader to connect with these characters. We join Clay in his wish that he could turn back time.

I thought Thirteen Reasons Why was a powerful story. Have your read this book? If so, what was your impression?

photo credit: Barnes & Noble

23 comments:

  1. I haven't read it but just by the description is sounds very powerful. I'll have to look for it. Thanks!

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  2. I haven't read it, but I look at it every time I go to the bookstore. If my TBR list weren't so long, I'm sure I'd have bought it by now. It sounds fantastic.

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  3. Heather and Susan, it really is a great read. Hopefully you'll be able to include it to your lists.

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  4. I have not read it but I will definitely add it to my list. It sounds like an amazing read although I'm sure it will make me cry. Sigh.

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  5. I actually have it sitting up here on my TBR pile, and wasn't sure I'd get to it. Maybe I'll read it next. Thanks, Julie.

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  6. Thanks for sharing this one with us.... I will have to check for this the next time we are out.

    Although, I do admit...I do want to read ...happily ever after...endings. What a tough, heart-wrenching time this character must have had when listening to those cassettes.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment. I wasn't able to get my "once a week" post that I at least try to get posted. But I am trying to get by to leave my thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. i read this a few months ago, and I think it may have been the best book I've read all year. I was completely sucked into Clay's thoughts and feelings. Jay Asher did a great job developing his characters.

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  8. I read this book last fall. So well written and powerful. And sad. It underscores that even the smallest actions can have impact--positive or negative. Jay Asher is amazing. :)

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  9. This definitely was a great read. It was an original way of telling a story and really grabbed my attention. Asher did a great job of showing the events through Clay's eyes.

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  10. I haven't read this book yet, but definitely need to look into it. Thanks for the mention!

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  11. Sounds like a powerful book - thanks for the tip.

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  12. I loved it. Loved it. Between that and Before I Fall, I was blown away.

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  13. I was surprisingly moved by it too. And it felt it was a great example of having a message that didnt crowd out on the actual story :)

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  14. I thought 13RW was a powerful story but I didn't love it completely.

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  15. Thanks for the link! I'm off to check out the author's interview.

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  16. I haven't read this one yet - it sounds like an very powerful read.

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  17. Hi, Julie. How are you? I was recently given something and I am passing it to you as well. I hope you like it. Surf over when you get a chance.
    --Jimmy
    http://jamesgarciajr.blogspot.com/

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  18. Thanks everyone for your comments. I love sharing good books, and I know I've gotten good read ideas from you guys, too!

    James, thanks so much for the award, I appreciate it!

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  19. I have not read it, but my daughter (14) has it and loved it. Maybe I'll steal it out of her room.

    Thanks for the review.

    Love,
    Lola

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  20. hmmm... I think this will be on my "to-buy" list. Thanks for the review :)

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  21. Yes, I read it. I agree that Jay does a great job of showing how little actions can have huge impact. And he does it without being preachy.

    Clay is a great MC. I felt so bad for him. And Hannah's voice is well done too. I totally "got" her.

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  22. I haven't read it yet, Julie. I do have it on my summer list, so guess I'd better speed up on my reading.

    Hope you've stopped in at the Write Game to find your name as a winner. Congratulations.

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