Monday, January 19, 2009

Thirteen Reasons Why

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

Date Finished: January 18, 2009.

Personal Book Count: 4/100

Rating: 4/5

Genre/ Subject: Young Adult

First Line: “Sir?” she repeats. “How soon do you want it to get there?”

Summery: You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret… is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead, he reasons. 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.

Why did I pick this book? : I saw some positive review on other blogs, and it looked riveting. When enough people like something, you have to try it, right?

Review: This was one of those books that once you picked up, it was impossible to put down. The story started right way, and the characters were gripping. It was a fast read (even for a YA), and I found that I was on the edge of my seat the entire way. Couldn’t stop flipping pages even to eat or sleep. It takes place from one evening after school, to the next morning when school starts. It was fast paced and an emotional ride. At one point, I just needed to put the book down and walk away. I couldn’t go on any further until I calmed down. It’s one of those books that have several layers that click together as you read. The ‘snow ball effect’ was believable. The only thing I wouldn’t have found believable, was I’m not sure if I would have made many of the decisions that were made though the book (his or hers) as a teen. But that could be because it’s now a while ago that I was a teen, or that I’m just a different person then these two. Still, I never found it hard to suspend my disbelief and just go along for the ride. Great way to spend a weekend =D

Agree? Disagree? Recommendations? Any insights, suggestions, or comments on the book or format, or blog at all are most welcome. If you have read this and/ or review it yourself, please let me know. Can you think of any books like this? Give me a recommendation! =D


Anonymous said...

I have this in my TBR pile. When I saw your review pop up, I had to see what you thought. Now you have me sooooo excited! I had a feeling this was going to be an awesome read!

Thank you!!

MssJos said...

I am about to start Thirteen Reasons Why right this minute. I recommend The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins if you haven't already read it! I literally could not sleep, I had to read the whole book from start to finish. The next day my husband bought me a little book light so I wouldn't keep the nightstand lamp on all night! :)