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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Teenage suicide is a difficult subject to tackle. First-time author Jay Asher puts a spin on the subject by having Hannah, the girl who committed suicide, send out cassette tapes to select people, outlining why she did it and how each of the recipients of the cassettes played a part. Clay Jensen had a crush on Hannah and was very surprised to receive the mysterious package containing the tapes. The book follows Clay as he listens to the tapes and follows the trail that Hannah outlines. Very very emotional and disturbing at times, it could also engender some good discussions of how our actions can affect others and other pertinent topics for teens. I didn't think that it would be good for younger teens at first but after thinking about it, teenagers face alot of this type of behavior starting in middle school so unless they aren't mature enough to handle discussions of rape or molestations, maybe it would be good for younger teens to read. Rated PG-13 for the rape scenes, discussion of suicide and other difficult topics.

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