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.
An interesting premise of one persons behavior can create a profound ripple effect on others. The book is so fast paced that is doesn't allow the reader to become overly emotionally about a teen suicide.
Clay Jensen is a sympathetic, likable and relatable character. Hannah Baker is a bit frustrating making empathy for her difficult. Hannah's many reasons for her suicide seem a bit weak given that through her narration she seemed to have such a strong and clear understanding of her own actions and motivations, the actions and motivations of others and how it all affected her. Oddly, she seemed a little too well adjusted to turn to suicide.
Sending tapes to those she held responsible for her suicide felt a little more like a revenge story than a story of a spiral down into utter hopelessness. The tapes made her as petty and manipulative as some of those who wronged her.
Flaws aside, the story is compelling and will keep you interested until the very end.
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.
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.
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.
Listening to audiobooks is a guilty pleasure. I travel a lot so listen to about four per monthly. Biographies are a favorite.
Unique story - written from the "grave" by dead teenager
I think that I liked the uniqueness of idea. Sad, though. I think that even though you know the end...it still has a component of mystery.
Hmmm, interesting question. Maybe a male/female perspective? I felt sorry for the guy in the story.
The guy listening to the tapes. Felt very bad for him. Wished the entire time that it would end differently.
Yes! This tale takes the readers on a heartbreaking journey.
The interesting way it was written.
I came across this book three years ago and aways wanted to read it. I'm glad I finally did. This tale had me questioning my actions. The saying: Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me are not good parental advise.
Student who doesn't listen to audiobooks often, but I'm giving it a shot now!
I love this story. I've loved it for years. However, I did not connect to the woman who did Hannah's narration. She seems too old, too cynical, or both to be voicing a distraught high school junior; personally, I always imagined her voice to be higher or softer than this. Her Hannah just didn't have much personality beyond being angry. The man who narrated Clay was just fine; he captured Clay's confusion and anger and sadness well. But, like the woman who voiced Katniss in "The Hunger Games" (which I only listened to for one disc before I got sick of it), this woman was just not a good fit for Hannah. Maybe if this is re-recorded at some point, they'll cast someone younger.
I can't think of any one specific thing but I think they both did an amazing job with this story, I was kind of disappointed not to hear them when I started my next one!
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was set up brilliantly so that you were hooked pretty quickly and felt the same compulsion to listen as the narrator who was just hearing it too.
Although it is not based on fact this book was amazing in its ability to delve into the psyche of the teenage girl. As you listen to the events that transpire you, as the listener, cannot help but reflect on your own life and High School experience (no matter if you are a tween, teen or adult). Almost immediately you feel empathy for the main character Hannah Baker and her trials and tribulations as a teenager. I'm sure at one time or another ALL people have gone through some of her heart felt "situations".
As an adult I reflected wholeheartedly on my own teenage years and realized although times have changed the plight of teenagers (worldwide) have not changed at all.
With all that said... Once again... I feel this is a book ALL tweens and teens should read/listen to, it truly may help them realize they are NOT ALONE in there strange and hectic teenage years. Also, PARENTS should read/listen to this book as a way to understand/look in to their children's lives and actions, in hopes that tragedy does not befall their own families.