Reading for a Lifetime Together

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
April 1, 2010, 6:17 pm
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13When I first picked up this book, I was wondering why thirteen reasons? Why not fourteen or fifteen reasons? Well, when I began reading, I started to understand. This story is about a teenage girl who moves schools and eventually kills herself. Before she commits suicide, she makes up thirteen tapes for thirteen specific people. These tapes tell why that person is on them and what they did to her that contributed to her suicide. Each person was to receive the tapes and send them along to the next by mail. When Clay got the tapes, he stayed up all night listening to them.
I would not recommend this book to people who want a happy or exciting read, especially not people who are depressed. This book was rather slow and full of sorrow. I didn’t find it interesting at all. I think that if Hannah, the girl who committed suicide, was this depressed, she should have gone and got serious help instead of trying to prove a point of bullying by killing herself. The reasons she killed herself were not good enough reasons to end a life at all. For example, she says that someone stole her comments out of her bag when she really needed them. We wrote comments to each other in first grade, but to be upset about this at a high school level is immature. I understand that the girl was unhappy, but why not go and get mental help? Overall, I think that this book was trying to prove that bullying is a serious issue at all schools and the affects are serious, they can even result in suicide. I don’t have the highest opinion of this book, but if someone is interested in adolescent psychology they might like this book.
–Catherine Young


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