Thursday, December 18, 2008

Top Ten (plus one) #4

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

"Hello boys and girls. Hannah Baker here live and in stereo."

This is the first thing Clay Jensen hears, after receiving a mysterious package full of numbered cassette tapes. Other than the outdated technology, the surprising part is that Hannah has been dead for about two weeks now.

Hannah Baker, Clay's former crush, created tapes telling the events that lead to her decision to take her own life. She sent these tapes to the first person on her list, with the instructions to listen and pass on to the next person on the list. Each person on the list played a part in her decision, and one side of each tape tells the roll one person played. Through these tapes Hannah tells her story, and Clay follows the map she included to see where all the events took place. Hannah's death becomes a mystery Clay must solve, and Clay must also figure out the role he played.

The idea behind the story is interesting, you have Hannah telling her story from beyond, and Clay waking though the places she went, as well as living his life. I found this to be a very powerful story about how our lives affect all the people around us, even if we don't think they know who we are.

Thirteen Reasons Why is one book that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Currently reading Mathematicians in Love by Rudy Rucker)