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13 Reasons [Why (did I read this book?)]
April 4, 2010, 8:50 pm
Filed under: young adult literature

Whatever you do, don’t read this book. I hated it from the very beginning. All I knew getting into it was that a young teenage girl blamed thirteen people for her own suicide. The author’s reasoning was awful, giving anyone and everyone permission to hurt themselves or others if the slightest thing were to go wrong in life. Chances are, Jay Asher was simply trying to convey the message that people should be considerate of others, since no one really knows what others are going through. Okay, I can agree with that message; but the fact of the matter is that death is the easy way out. Jay Asher almost excuses suicide and morally and socially acceptable, and unfortunately our culture has looked past the issue as if it were nothing short of ordinary; but that doesn’t make it right.

Among other things, the writing was dull, the characters had no personalities, the moral was completely blown out of proportion, and the ending was confusing and irrelevant to the rest of the book. I would not recommend it to anyone who was looking for a good read. I’m just glad that the book was short. Whatever you do, don’t waste your time with it.

–Autumn

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