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Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons WhyThirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 288

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2007

Genres: Realistic

Thirteen Reasons Why is a book about a teenage girl named Hannah who commits suicide and leaves behind cassettes to tell why. Clay, the boy who had a crush on her, discovers the tapes on his doorstep and his life is forever changed by finding out the thirteen reasons why Hannah took her life.

This is a powerful book that takes on a tough topic. Would be a great book for any adolescent to read to get a better understanding of the power of human relations and suicide.

– Ms. Jena

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Jay Asher, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why what?

Thirteen Reasons Why what?

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 336
Age Range: 12 and up
Genre: Thriller
Year: 2007

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.

-Liz

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Jay Asher, Genre: Thriller, Page Count: 300-400, Year: 2000s