Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I didn't really know what to expect when I first picked up this book. I had heard through the grapevine that it was about a young teenager who killed herself and there were thirteen reasons why. Alone, these thirteen reasons wouldn't have been a big deal, but combined, it was too much for one girl to handle.
The book is written from the perspective of Clay Jensen, who returns home from school one day to find a package, containing seven cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, the girl who had recently killed herself.
The tapes were initially mailed to one classmate - who's story played out on the first side of the first cassette, then that classmate had to mail the tapes to the next person, and so on until they reached the thirteenth person. Each person played a role in Hannah's death and as we hear things from Clay's perspective, we also hear his continual struggle to work out what part he plays in all of this.
The story itself, was incredibly clever, but I was struggling to work out how these events, even all together, could lead to somebody taking their own life. I know that depression and suicide is incredibly personal and one person who is suffering, will never understand another person who is suffering, as each story can be so different. But I just struggled to get my head around these events being big enough in somebody's life for them to do something like that. The book was incredibly well written and at times, as Hannah explained her pain, I could feel myself identifying with the character. I read this book in one go, which I rarely do. I just felt so intrigued as to how these characters were all connected and the undertone of deep sorrow that radiated throughout the whole book.
The book definitely left a lasting impression on me and made me think about all of the little things I say to people, because they might be a lot bigger in the mind of somebody else.
This book is definitely worth a read, especially as nobody ever knows what anybody else is going through. This book may draw your attention to that quiet girl in class who secretly needs help.