I just finished reading this novel about a girl, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide. It’s Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why. At first, I didn’t want to read it, not because I didn’t like the reviews about it, but because I only had a pdf copy. I usually read through “real” and tangible books, not by using pdfs, epubs and whatsoever.
So this book may fall into same category together with Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, and If I Stay by Gayle Forman which talks about someone who died. It can also be grouped to John Green’s Paper Towns, because of the puzzling effect of the story.
For me the book is kind of creepy, but creepy in a good way. Creepy that you’d love to read more and don’t stop until you’ll learn who are the other people involved in Hannah Baker’s death. The story goes like this.. Before she committed suicide, she made a list of people. With that list, she explained their connections on why she decided to do it. She made records and put into cassette tapes. The cassette tapes will be passed from the first person on the list until to the thirteenth person. The main character here isn’t Hannah, it is Clay Jensen. He is figuring out why he received this box with cassette tapes inside it. And he wants to know if he’s the thirteenth person or not (I mean if he’s the 1st person to listen to her tapes or whatever number he is) I recommend you to read that, to know why Clay belonged to the list even though he’s the good guy. 🙂
It is pretty amazing how Jay Asher wrote that novel, I mean how great he connected the people even with so many twists in the story.
How I wish Clay and other people in the story did something to change Hannah’s decision (to end up her life) because they had chances to do something. Something to stop her. Something that will realize her that life is beautiful. Actually, it may happen in real life or maybe already happened to some people. That they are confused about their life, how lonely they are, how difficult things are to them, how they still manage to go to school even with a lot of issues and rumors they’re facing.. and ended up doing it, because they don’t know what they will do.
By the way, I saw someone posted in a social networking site that he is petitioning it to be read by the highschool students. To add this book in the curriculum, just like To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee and Catcher in The Rye by J. D. Salinger. It is absolutely a great book, it will open your eyes to what is currently happening today, about these kind of people. People who are lost and wanted to be found. This may help us to be more sensitive to other people, reminding us to understand each and everyone because we don’t know what they are facing and experiencing.
Just read Thirteen Reasons Why, it will open up your heart, your mind and your soul. 🙂