Friday, July 29, 2011
Book 71 - Thirteen Reasons Why
My seventy-first book was Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This was my second time reading this book and it was just as powerful as the first. Clay Bensen recieves a package one day. The package is a shoebox full of casette tapes. Clay thinks, Who listens to casette tapes these days? But he listens to them because he's curious. After he hits play, the voice of classmate Hannah Baker comes out of the speakers. Clay can't believe this because Hannah is dead. She committed suicide a couple weeks before. As he continues to listen, he is informed by Hannah that, if you have recieved these tapes, you're one of the thirteen reasons why Hannah killed herself. And if you don't listen, the tapes will be realeased and everyone who isn't on the list will hear the horrible things you did. As Hannah tells the story of her high school life and the events that led up to her suicide, Clay follows the map she gave him. And as you learn more and more about the torture Hannah went through, you also learn more and more about Clay. But Clay, and the reader, can't help but wonder, if Clay is such a "nice" guy, why is he on the list at all?