Monday, October 1, 2012

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why
By Jay Asher
Published by Razorbill, 2007
288 pages (hardcover)

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

Today is the “World Day of Bullying Prevention” and in the days leading up to this day, Thirteen Reasons Why is the book that kept coming to mind.

Did you know that our words and actions directly affect others? Did you know that we can build someone up through a simple smile or kind word? Or that we can tear someone down with snide comments and rumors? You may not think that your nasty remark could affect someone’s life permanently, but when your statements, other classmates’ giggles, and some boy’s nasty rumors can definitely have a great impact.

Thirteen Reasons Why is an amazingly powerful novel that connects the dots that lead to a devastating decision. It gives the reader a bigger picture about the affects of bullying, rumors, and not being kind to others.

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