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Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher My Rating: 3.0 Thirteen Reasons Why is one of those popular talked about books focused on a tragedy, specifically suicide. Sadly, this book just didn't satisfy what I was expecting from it. It did not, as a review in the book said, make me snap the book shut, not wanting to read anymore, not because it was bad, but because it was painful. Sure, I got the gist of what Hannah and Clay were feeling, but it wasn't just that heartbreaking. (Or am I just that heartless?) Thirteen Reasons Why didn't touch me deeply, make me rave about it, or make me slam the book shut and think. No, I just plowed on. I didn't love it, but I didn't necessary hate it either. It's just one of those books. Thirteen Reasons Why tells it's story by altering the narrator's point of view (Clay), and Hannah, who is already dead, telling her story using the tapes. It gets confusing sometimes; you're in the middle of reading Clay's thoughts/what he's doing and then the italic style tells you Hannah's talking while Clay is listening to the tapes. Before she even finishes the story, Clay's thoughts/actions interrupts her story. Sometimes I got confused while their stories continuously switched back and forth. The thing is, Thirteen Reasons Why is very realistic. I can understand why Hannah committed suicide, why people (namely the teenagers) acted the way they did, and why people didn't notice the state she's in. The answer is simple: people simply don't notice the things that they don't want to see. If you show someone a real live unicorn, they'll insist that it's just a horse with some thing glued onto its head because it goes against their beliefs. My main reason for continuing on reading Thirteen Reasons Why even though it's not the genre I'll usually read is because once I started reading Hannah's story, I couldn't stop. I had to see what drove her to the edge; what made life so unbearable that she just had to end her life herself. And the answer I got was simple teenage actions that teenagers don't realize can actually hurt people. I don't know whether or not I'll recommend this book to any of my friends. I didn't particularly enjoy it nor did I dislike it. It's just one of those books that focuses on a topic people avoid and seems special because no other author dared to venture where Jay Asher went. ohdamnbooks: thirteen reasons why