Friday, July 04, 2008

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Published in 2007. 288 pages.

I had heard good things about Jay Asher's first novel, and I was thrilled when it became available at BookMooch earlier this year. When it arrived, Jelly Bean read it, but I put it off because reading a book I own doesn't have the same urgency that reading a book I have to return to the library does. Last weekend's read-a-thon, however, seemed a good time to give it a try. It was the perfect read-a-thon book, and I absolutely loved it - that is, despite the sadness.

First sentences: "Sir?" she repeats. "How soon do you want it to get there?"

Last sentences: Two steps behind her, I say her name. "Skye."

Basic concept (from the book jacket): Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name of it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush - who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

For more information: Visit the novel's official website!

Other book bloggers' reviews of Thirteen Reasons Why: If you have read and reviewed this book, I would love to link your review here. Please leave me a comment or email me your link!

By the way: This book is my twelfth of twelve for the Young Adult Challenge. That's one challenge I had no problem completing! (It runs until December 31.)



  1. Wasn't this unique!?! A "good unique" that is. :) I look forward to reading more by him. I've had so much fun this year discovering YA authors.

  2. Sounds good. I love YA books almost as I do adult books!

  3. I want to read this book. It sounds interesting. :)

  4. So glad you enjoyed this one! I thought it was a great YA I hope a lot of kids read.
    My review is here.

  5. I thought it was fantastic. I actually listened to the audiobook which added a whole other dimension to it - one voice was Clay and one voice was Hannah. Very powerful and painful. Something I wish all high school kids could read.