THIRTEEN REASONS WHY ~ by Jay Asher

Posted By on August 15, 2015

What this book does well is open up a lot of questions. I’ve since read that Thirteen Reasons Why is being used in a lot of schools as an entryway to discussions regarding teen suicide. I think that’s awesome. Just. Really. Cool.

I spent a lot of time feeling really awful for Clay Jensen, our narrator. His emotions and trauma constantly splayed open like a gutted fish. I had to work a little harder to have empathy for Hannah Baker, the dead girl. A good bit of the book, I was a little perturbed by her, actually, because she seemed to be blaming everyone else for her own actions. The saving grace was when Clay’s inner dialogue stops letting Hannah off the hook, pointing out that he had been there for her, would have listened if she’d let him.

My reactions to Clay vs. Hannah is interesting to me. One would think I would feel more empathy toward Hannah. She was a young girl victimized by the rumor mill and adults that didn’t really get it and I’ve been there. But the person I felt for the most was Clay. Interesting.

Jay Asher wrote this book in a very engaging way. A thoughtful, emotional read.

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