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When Clay Jenson finds a package on his doorstep, he’s excited. When he opens it to find a bunch of cassette tapes, he’s curious. When he listens to them, he’s amazed and horrified—because the voice on the tapes belongs to Clay’s high school classmate Hannah Baker, and Hannah killed herself two weeks ago. As Clay listens to Hannah tell her story, he learns that he is one of thirteen people to receive the tapes, one of thirteen people who played a part in Hannah’s decision to end her life. Clay is horrified that he is on Hannah’s list; he didn’t know her well, but he had a crush on her from afar, and he certainly never intended to do anything that might hurt her. Hannah, speaking from the grave, is alternately defensive, sarcastic, desperate, and soulful as she talks about her classmates—who spread rumors about her, who believed the rumors, who acted on them, and who chose to remain silent despite the destructive chain of events that unfolds. Clay is alternately shocked, surprised, pained, and completely overwhelmed by Hannah’s haunting tale of lies and betrayals. Most of the book—author Jay Asher’s debut novel—takes places in Clay’s head as he listens to Hannah (her voice appears in italics on the page) and thinks about what she says; despite this structure, the pace is still quick and suspense-driven as Clay anxiously waits for his name to appear in Hannah’s story. Theirs is an unusual dialogue, but one that’s highly effective and gut-wrenchingly emotional. The audiobook, with its dual male and female narrators, is an especially effective way to experience Thirteen Reasons Why, since the reader is now listening to CDs much the same way the Clay listens to Hannah’s tapes.
posted Mar 11, 2010 at 10:54PM
Avatar for vollace*bollace vollace*bollace said:
Loved this book when I listened to the book on tape! Great idea too!
posted Mar 22, 2010 at 8:59PM
Silly Tillie said:
This is an absolutely AMAZING book! It's so good! It's a fast-paced story that you won't be able to put down. It is the story of Hannah Baker's life, and the thirteen reasons why she decided to end it. It is well-written, intriguing and sad book that you won't be able to put down. Read it! :)
posted Jun 29, 2010 at 12:34PM
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