Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I met this writer at the school librarians’ conference (don’t mock me!) and really wanted to love this book. It’s starts when Clay gets a package with 13 audiotapes in it. It turns out that they’re from Hannah Baker, who committed suicide the week before. On the first cassette, she threatens to have them all made public unless Clay listens to them, and then passes them on to the next person on the list. On the tapes, she tells about the thirteen people she believes are responsible for her death. She promises that when he’s listened to all of them, Clay will see how he fits into the picture. The story is told through Hannah’s voice on the tapes (in italics) and Clay’s responses and memories of Hannah and the other people. This is a great concept, and lots of students are LOVING this book. I liked it a lot, but something about her voice and attitude put me off a little. Overall, I would give it an 8 out of 10 stars.
Read it and let me know what you think.