This Beautiful Struggle + [Thirteen Reasons Why]

Review: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher Publisher: Razorbill (October 18th, 2007) Reading Level: Young Adult Hardcover: 304 pages Buy: Amazon Rating: 4 of 5 Clay Janesen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
Review: This story is about Hannah, a teenager that has recently committed suicide. However, she left something behind for those she felt had something to do with her making that decision. Each person receives the box of tapes and has to play them all the way through in order to find out what happened, and who's next. The book starts with Clay first finding the box of tapes at his doorstep. We follow Clay as he discovers Hannah's past and what ultimately made her feel she needed to end her own life.

This is a book that is impossible to put down. I was actually shocked at how interesting the story was and how everything was tied together. It was mainly all a domino effect. Clay is a sweetheart from the beginning and you can't help but wonder where he fits into the story along the way. Hannah is a little confusing and frustrating but I guess that is part of the point. It was one of the most suspenseful books I have read in a while. I wanted to see where, or who, everything ended with.

Although at the end I was a little disapointed in the overall message of the book, it was still a great, quick read that appeals to guys and girls. The voice changes from Hannah to Clay throughout the story which gives for a much needed breather in between the sections and helps explain certain parts.

Characters: Clay is a good guy overall. He genuinely misses Hannah and struggles to understand why Hannah made this decision. Hannah was a little hard to love. She placed blame in a lot of places I didn't feel should have been important.

Cover: This cover is okay, nothing special. I like the way the titles look but I'm not crazy about the picture.

I have wanted to read this book for a while and I am not at all disapointed. It's easy to see how suicide changes not only the lives of the person or immediate family members, but others who were touched by the person along the way.

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