I listened to this audio book with a car full of teenage girls and although there are some graphic parts that made me uncomfortable there was so much to take away from this book and so much discussion , it was a powerful , gripping story with so many life lessons a must read for you and your teen.
This book is short and doesn't take very long to listen to. but it captivates you from the first 5 minutes. I would recommend this book to anyone. and have recommended it to many people already.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
I wont say love when it comes to this book...because it is very sad...but it it well told...
Clay...because he is good..
I cant say I have a fave...just to sad of a story!
They made a series out of it...and it was good...super sad..but good!
After watching the Netflix series, I had to listen to this book....My heart aches for Clay and Hannah....such a sweet girl, with a good heart...and she just got so overwhelmed by life, and the cruelty of others and decided to just not do it anymore..I think we have all been there at one time or another...What is very distressing, is she did try to get help...and it failed her...I recommend both parents and teens listen to this story, and watch the series..this was so very preventable...It really breaks my heart!
This is really a one gimmick YA novel. I am a teacher and one of my students said it was her favorite book ever, so I gave it a shot. The gimmick is that a high school girl had committed suicide and left a series of tapes meant to be listened to by the people who caused (in some way) her to take her own life. The novel switches between the girl's tapes and a boy who is listening to them. The boy is not one who treated her poorly, but rather her "almost love." I just never got past the gimmick, and it just sounded to me like someone trying to write a heart-wrenching YA novel. I think a lot of kids, especially girls who like sad romances, will like this. It does touch upon the important issue of teen suicide. As an adult, I was not drawn in, and stopped about an hour from the end.
I'm a high school librarian.
We teach this book in my high school and use the audio to help auditory readers understand the plot. The narrators sound like they could be kids at our school.
I am a middle school reading teacher who loves to show students the wonder and joy of reading.
I was worried this would be another teen drama fest but I was wrong. As an educator it made me hyper aware of the power our words have. I think everyone should think about how their actions or lack of action affects others around us.
Worth the read.
A well crafted story and well produced audio, this is the type of book that teens and parents of teens need to read. It offers a chain of events which illustrate the impact each action we take or don't take has on our communities and the individuals in it.
A long and drawn out suicide note, this story ends with a positive step forward. However, Hannah is still dead and the people who will receive her story will always carry that death with them. The people she did not share her story with will always wonder why she did what she did.
For the lessons on the impact we each have on each other the value of each life, I will share this story with my kids.
Firearms instructor with a passion for great listens.
Although the concept of this story is intriguing; it lacks the depth necessary to convince the audience that Hannah Baker was emotionally distraught enough to commit suicide. There were a lot of circumstances described that one would believe could play a role in leading up her travesty, but nothing very concrete. No emotional collapsing point. It all felt very hum drum and left me waiting for more.
Hannah Baker's attitude towards taking her own life was not very realistic. The entire story revolves around her blaming others for her choice, and rubbing in their face that they drove her to this end. I found the entire thing irritating.
The narration was great, however.
You guys are mean. Eh, whatever, you can think my reviews suck. Oh well! ;-)
Absolutely. The better question would be is whether I should prepare them for what they are about to embark on. It's so intense that I feel like one should be warned, but I would never want to deter someone from reading this important piece of literature.
Caleb Roehrig's Last Seen Leaving is similar because it's about self-discovery. The main difference would be that Hannah (13 Reasons) and Flynn (LSL) move in the exact opposite direction, one in a negative and the other in a positive. Teenage angst, stress, etcetera abound in both of these books.
Normally, I like this question, but this book is hard to answer this one; the subject matter is so devastating that I don't like the word favorite. I will say that the evolution that Hannah goes through is so pronounced, so when the end of the book is happening and Clay is shouting, even though he knows what's going to happen... I guess I'd say that was the most emotional part of the book for me.
It's going to be a Netflix Original and that's why I picked it up originally (I am so glad that I did). "Thirteen Reasons, Thirteen People...What We Could've Done to Save Hannah Baker."--That's off the top of my head.
Before I get into my main point, I do want to say that I would give both narrators two different star ratings: Joel Johnstone (Clay) deserves a 4 and Debra Wiseman (Hannah) deserves a 3. She just was nowhere near as talented as Johnstone and I would've replaced her, honestly. ---This is my main point for this review: It doesn't matter if you're in high school, have children in high school, don't have children in high school... Basically, if you are a human being, you need to read this book. It's POWERFUL and I think that everyone needs to be much more vigilant so that this epidemic of both teen and adult suicides goes down significantly.
I love it when I have no idea what's going to happen next.
This book is perfect as an audiobook, and the narrators did a wonderful job. It makes you feel as if you are moving along with the male character and that you are actuLly listening to the tapes with him. I love books that play with point of view, and this one does it creatively. It's not a classic, but it's certainly worth a credit. You will be moved.