Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself - a truth he never wanted to face.
©2007 Jay Asher; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"A brilliant and mesmerizing debut from a gifted new author." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The message about how we treat one another...makes for compelling reading." (Booklist)
I found this book on accident and Its not something that I usually read. In fact in my giant book shelf its one of a kind. I thought the story was tragic but beautifully told. Its sad that a young girl would feel such a way but it really does show you the "snowball effect" and that everyone is connected, a "six degrees of separation" type deal. I myself couldn't put it down, like the boy listening to the audio tapes, you felt what he felt. There isn't a book like this that would've been written better and the character voices they chose to use was wonderful and I felt fit the people perfectly. Definitely something I would read/listen to again!
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway
It wasn't anyting at all what I expected but it was a whole lot better. 13 reasons why tells about a teen and why she wants to kill herself, right? I think it was a lot deeper than that. All the mixed feelings how Hannah feel are so complicated that it's hard to understnad. But Jay Asher convey it pretty well. This book is not like happily ever after book, but yet you can still enjoy it.
The trouble with making books into audiobooks is that some simply do not survive the translation in media intact. Not so with 13 Reasons Why. Compellingly written and evocatively voiced, this audiobook comes from a novel whose premise - a boy's inner monologue as he is listening to audiotapes of a dead girl's voice - is ideally suited to the listened. On top of that, Jay Asher's novel is an accurate, sometimes painfully so, rendering of teen life, teen sorrow, and teen frustration. His main character's reactions are realistic and inevitable, and his storytelling weaves together 12 stories into one cohesive whole. I loved this book so much that I taught it to a Grade 9 and 10 class low-literacy class, who were inspired to become active in their community to help people "So no one has to get a box on their door...or mp3s in their email...and hurt like Clay and Hannah did." When the students ask me if they're allowed to lend the book to friends and family, when a mother phones me in happy tears because her daughter wants a BOOK for Christmas, that's when I know the novel is great.
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I enjoyed the idea, format, and execution of this book. I felt mixed emotions about the narrator, as was intended and this opened up a good dialogue between me and my 13 yr old daughter. Worth your credit if you're interesting in understanding the inner workings of a young girl's mind.
This is one of the top for me, especially since the format of the book has Clay, the MC, listening to Hannah's tapes. I felt like I was having the experience with Clay, and I loved both of the actors performing the text.
This an important book to read for anyone who has a teen/teens in their life. I was a teen once (and only once, thank goodness), but I’ve spent the past eleven years working in a high school. The difference is that now, as an adult, I can look back on all that made me miserable in my teen years and know that there is so much more to life than the volatile ecosystem that is the American high school. Many adults expect teens to just get this, but how can they? They have not lived beyond this experience yet, and without a guarantee that life will get better, some teens make the same decision that Hannah makes.
They simply were Clay and Hannah. That's all there is to it.
Everything affects everything.
I truly loved this book, I felt as if I was there hearing her through the tapes along with him. I was very moved by the way this book shows that your actions truly have consequences and no matter how small something might seem to you for someone else it can be devistating. Its a Great book!!!
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.
My daughter found this book and while she is reading it, I listened to the audiobook. This was an amazing story, crafted beautifully and I think the audiobook version adds something extra with the dual character voices.
This story is also a great way to connect with my teenage daughter and keep those lines of communication open and honest. This book deals with lots of ugly issues many of which you never want to discuss with your kids and that is the reason that you have to. To be able to use this book as a parenting tool has just been a bonus.
I highly recommend this to parents and their teens to read together or individually for discussion.
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.
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