“Thirteen Reasons Why is the story of a girl named Hannah Baker who takes her own life. But before she does, she records several cassette tapes explaining why and sends them to the people she feels pushed her toward that decision. The story is told from the point of view of Clay Jensen who spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah’s voice as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself—a truth he never wanted to face.
The anti-bullying anthem was published in hardcover in October 2007 by Razorbill, and quickly became a word-of-mouth favorite among teenaged readers with fans claiming, “This book changed my life.” The novel has been on the New York Times children’s hardcover bestseller list for 65 weeks, foreign rights have been sold into 30 countries and it has been acquired by Universal Pictures and will star Selena Gomez.”
I first experienced Thirteen Reasons Why shortly after it was published in 2007. I listened to the audiobook on a long trip and was immediately drawn in to both the character of Hannah Baker and the concept of the book. I listened to it in one setting, waiting anxiously as each name on the list was revealed. The book is not a fun read and not an easy read by far. We begin knowing the ending. We begin knowing that we cannot change what has happened to Hannah but only learn perhaps why it happened.
However the process of learning why Hannah Baker took her life is difficult. The blame is placed upon people you might never have suspected and their actions range from the completely innocent to the downright criminal. Thirteen Reasons Why shines a light on bullying and other issues teens face everyday. It shows us just how hurtful and harmful these everyday occurrences can be to young adults…it can even be enough to die for as shown in the lives of a multitude of teens who have committed suicide. Hannah represents them in her own unique way. A must read for teens, parents and teachers. A “new” classic for sure.
Thanks to the always wonderful gang at Big Honcho Media…I have two copies of Thirteen Reasons Why to give away to two very lucky Stiletto Storytime readers.
Giveaway ends midnight EST June 24, 2011. US and Canada addresses only please. Winner will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail address. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!
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