Sunday, January 27, 2008

THIRTEEN Reasons Why

Jay Asher
Genre: YA Fiction
Published: 2007
Personal Rating: 4/5

This was, without a doubt, a page-turning debut novel and an extremely creative and deep endeavor by Jay Asher. While the storyline of suicide is heart-wrenching, Asher delivers it in a way to help teens (and adults alike) to understand the process and influence we all have in contaminating or contributing to someone else's well-being.

The story of Hannah Baker personifies my thoughts on the header of my blog "Thoughts of Joy...": "Words can and do change lives." It also depicts how our actions or lack thereof affect others and ourselves. It's quite a powerful, enticing book, leaving me with much to mull over. I most enjoyed Asher's creativity and plot, which encourages me to watch for this author's name in the future.

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