Thirteen Reasons Why
Page Count: 336
Age Range: 12 and up
Clay Jensen mysteriously receives a package of tapes in the mail. He soon discovers the tapes were made by Hannah Baker, a girl in his class who had killed herself a few weeks earlier. Her voice dictates the events that snowballed up to her breaking point, including a deadly car accident and an instance of rape. Hannah points fingers at 13 people she considers responsible for her suicide–these 13 people all have or will receive the tapes and must pass them on.
This book is a good for teens who have faced similar situations to those that Hannah/Clay found themselves in (underage drinking, knowing someone who committed suicide, loss of privacy, loneliness, date rape, being the ‘new’ kid, rumors). It is a good reminder about how even small actions can have big consequences, and how important it is to treat others with kindness and compassion.