Wow. It’s the only word I can think of after finishing Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why. I’ve been hearing about this book for a year now, about how fantastic it was. But there’s just something about a book that deals with suicide that doesn’t seem like a lot of fun. Not exactly light reading, you know.
God I wish I hadn’t waited so long to pick this book up. I was completely blown away. Blown away by the way the book was written, by the plot devices and by the actual characters. Blown away by the concept and the execution. Even more so because of all of the recent suicides by young people due to bullying.
This should be required reading for all students.
If you ever doubt that your smallest action can affect a person in the hugest of ways, read this book.
I don’t want to write a review, I don’t want to talk about the roller-coaster I was on with the characters or how sick I felt during some of the chapters. I don’t want to tell you that I rushed home from work and didn’t even eat dinner until I finished it. I already knew the ending. I just didn’t know WHY.
No, the only thing I can say is that you have to read this one for yourself. You’ll either love it or hate it. I’ve read plenty of reviews that said it was overly emotional teenage drivel. But you should judge for yourself.
It’s been a long time since a book really made me think about how I act toward other people, about how I interact with them. After reading 13 Reasons Why, I don’t think I’ll ever take that for granted again.
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