Thirteen Reasons Why
Not at all surprisingly, I really liked this book. Hannah Baker didn't just speak to her class mates. She also spoke to the readers of Jay Asher's novel. I loved Clay's character, and I experiences that huge range of emotions- rage, sadness, nostalgia, despair, love- right along with him, as I they were channelling through a set of headphones. Thirteen Reasons Why is the perfect balance of past and present, sadness and hope. It let us follow Hannah's story, all the way to the end, while by the end of the book, Clay's story had really just begun. And I loved every minute of it. At the very end of the book, there are quotes from people saying wow, you turned my life back around, or this book gave me hope. And while I thought Hannah's tapes, and every story in them that led to her suicide, helped us understand that we need to be the best people we can be, making sure to be respectful of others' feelings, in the end, Hannah Baker is still dead. I guess I just didnt get that resolution at the end of it. I'd still recommend Thirteen Reasons Why, but it's a bit like a Joudi Piccoult in the sense that you should have a happy book to pick you up right after. Or a marathon of Friends, either way.