I can be a book worm at times! I try to read every night before I go to bed, after looking at a computer screen for most of the day its nice to unwind and give my peepers a bit of a rest!
I’ve been reading Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
This is a quick run down thanks to our trusty friend Wikipedia:
Clay Jensen, a somewhat shy California high school student, returns home from school one day to find an anonymously-sent package sitting on his doorstep. Upon opening it, he discovers that it is a shoebox containing seven cassette tapes recorded by the late Hannah Baker, his classmate and emotional crush who recently committed suicide. The tapes were initially mailed to one classmate with instructions to pass them from one student to another, in the style of a chain letter. On the tapes, Hannah explains to thirteen people how they played a role in her death, by giving thirteen reasons to explain why she took her life. Hannah has given a second set of tapes to one of their classmates, the identity of whom Clay later discovers, and warns the people on the tapes that if they do not pass them on, the second set will be leaked to the entire student body. This could lead to the public embarrassment and shame of certain people, while others could face physical harassment charges or jail time. Through the audio narrative, Hannah reveals her pain and suffering and the slide into depression that ultimately leads to her suicide.
I’d seen the book pop up a few times on the PostSecret app and was intrigued. As someone who’s had their fair share of general cr*p times in the past, I really wanted to find out a bit more about it. I’ve had my own ‘wobbles’ in the past so it was a nice change to read a book that you could really relate to.
It took me a while to track it down but I found it in a little corner of Waterstones (the BEST bookshop in my opinion!).
I really liked it! I only took a few days to read and at times I could have cried. Its really well written, especially for an adult male writing from the point of view of a teenage girl. I really liked his interview at the end of the book where he describes talking through ‘high school’ situations with his female friends.
Suicide is a serious issue for everyone, so many young people are in the press at the moment, as well as many more that are not, after committing suicide due to bullying for their sexuality. Similarly, many older people have been highlighted by the press as committing suicide because of debt.
The book really makes you step back and think how little actions can build up into more. It doesn’t hurt to pay someone a compliment or offer to listen if someone seems a little low, it might just be the little thing that saves someone.
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