Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why is a shocking book which deals about an uncomfortable subject, teenage suicide. One day Clay, the main character comes home to find a box full of audio tapes. He's shocked to discover that the tapes were made by Hannah Baker, a girl in his class who killed herself not long ago. As he listens, he learns that these tapes were made for the people who Hannah considers responsible for driving her to give up on life...as a means to explain why she did it. We hear Hannah's voice on the tape, and then Clay's reaction.
I think it will hit home for a lot of teens – too many kids are bullied, sexually harassed (which was an unfortunate theme in the book – way too many high school girls deal with this on a daily basis), and are unjustly ridiculed in school.
This book powerfully brings home the truth that the way you treat people matters.
This passage from the book sums up the message:
"You don't know what goes on in anyone's life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person's life, you're not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can't be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person's life, you mess with their whole life. Everything....affects everything."
I think this is an important book for everyone to read.
Posted by Ms. V at 12:31 PM