Saturday, September 15, 2012

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

You can't stop the future. 
You can't rewind the past. 
The only way to learn the 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, in some way, responsible for her death. 
All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town...
....and what he discovers changes his life forever.

So, I read this book ages ago and it was absolutely amazing. It was just as good the second time around. It wasn't a suspense novel per se, but there was this gripping quality that it had that made it impossible to put down. The entire book was absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking. The story's kind of told through two perspectives, seeing as how Hannah's story is being told about half the time and it also switches back to Clay's reactions. I think that's what made it different from any other suicide-type book. The characters were incredibly dimensional and imperfect (as all we humans are). The settings were detail-oriented, without being overly explanatory.The author managed to create a stellar image of each place--without describing it word-for-word, which left your mind to fill in exactly what it needed to. The themes centered very much around action and reaction, about how easily the things we do and say can have an effect on another person. It was very introspective, and I have a really hard time believing this is a first novel because it was written so well. I could easily see this becoming a classic, the kind of book that everyone would need to read. It's over at Kettleson, and also comes in audio form. Y'know, if you're too lazy to turn the pages. :)

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