April 5, 2010


Even if you don't typically frolic the young adult section in the bookstore, I bet you would be pleasantly surprised at this find. Thirteen Reasons Why is a New York Times Best Selling novel by author Jay Asher that I literally couldn't put down.

The story starts when high school student Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box on the porch with his name in it. Inside, he finds thirteen numbered cassette tapes with recordings by Hannah Baker, a girl from school who recently committed suicide.

Hannah goes on to explain that each tape explains one of the reasons she decided to end her own life. Clay also learns that Hannah has intended for everyone involved to listen to the tapes, but he finds this baffling because he can't understand how he possibly could have contributed to the demise of his high school crush. He has no choice but to listen to her tapes to find out where he fits in.

I won't say anything more about the plot because I don't want to spoil your reading, but I highly recommend this book. It's advertised as a suspense novel, and I guess I can understand that because it is definitely suspenseful from Clay's perspective as he tries desperately to figure out what he did, but it's certainly not suspenseful in the action/horror way.

I found this story to be a great reminder of how our words and actions (or even lack thereof) can really impact others.

Happy Reading!

Parental Warning: There is one scene in the story that contains some explicit sexual behavior and drinking at a party. Although I understand the intentions of the scene, I thought I'd do the responsible thing and let you know that it's there so you can use your discretion.


  1. I actually read this book and also enjoyed it greatly !!

  2. I didn't know you read!! :) Maybe we should start a roommate book club too! Although, I warn you, I normally read only young adult books!

  3. I don't read much, though I want to read those Janet E. books you and Elaine are in love with lol