Monday, April 11, 2011
Review: Thirteen Reasons Why
What can I say that already hasn't been said by book reviewers throughout the blogosphere? Thirteen Reasons Why is a phenomenal piece of literature and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read it.
It felt almost private; like I didn't deserve the privilege to listen to Hannah Baker's last words. I felt very much like Clay and did not put the book down until I finished reading it. I just had to know, I had to find out the reasons that Hannah committed suicide. I couldn't rest until I was sure that her reasons were justified and then I was sad because I felt like they weren't. I felt like someone could have saved Hannah and helped her and that she came to the conclusion of suicide too quickly - I know she said that she'd been thinking about it for a while but I wish her parents had been more involved in her life.
At times I didn't understand Hannah's reasons for doing things - driving Courtney to the party, staying with Marcus after he was late - but I did feel for her every single time something went wrong. I also feel that Hannah's story is written in a "worst case scenario" way. These are all the worst things that can happen to you. These are all the different ways that you life can fall apart at once. I must admit, when she got into that hot tub with Bryce, my life did fall apart. All the strength I had been carrying for Hannah, hoping that she would snap out it, failed when she gave in to Bryce. That was a very powerful scene.
I knew what to expect when I picked up this book but I was still hoping that maybe Hannah hadn't killed herself and that maybe this was just a big joke she was playing on everyone to get revenge. I hoped, but I knew it wasn't true. Hannah was well and truly gone. I hoped because I fell in love with Hannah and wanted to save her.
Jay Asher tells us an emotional story in a unique way. The writing style is fresh and interesting and everything connects so well at the end. You become invested in Hannah's story and the message behind it. I recommend this book to everyone.