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Th1rteen R3asons Why

By Jay Asher

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Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Published In: United States, 01 October 2007
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**THE BOOK THAT STARTED IT ALL, NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES** "Eerie, beautiful, and devastating." --Chicago Tribune "A stealthy hit with staying power. . . . thriller-like pacing." --The New York Times "Thirteen Reasons Why will leave you with chills long after you have finished reading." --Amber Gibson, NPR's "All Things Considered" You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

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About the Author

Jay Asher's debut YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, has appeared regularly on the New York Times bestsellers list for the past nine years. It has sold over 2.5 million copies in the United States alone and is currently in production to be a thirteen-part series on Netflix. His second YA novel, The Future of Us, was coauthored with Printz Honor winner Carolyn Mackler. He is also the author of the forthcoming What Light. His novels have been translated into thirty-five languages. Visit his blog at www.jayasher.blogspot.com and follow him on Twitter @jayasherguy.

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Gr 9 Up-With the arrival of a box of numbered audiocassettes, Clay Jensen's life changes forever. Listening and reacting to the words of fellow classmate and crush Hannah Baker, Clay begins to understand and to feel the depth of the pain, anger, and confusion that led to her suicide. With each recorded story, Hannah systematically lays bare the cruelty and deception of the 13 people whose actions she implicates in her decision to end her life. Alternating between Hannah's and Clay's voices, narrators Debra Wiseman and Joel Johnstone zero in on the indecision, angst, and desperate hunger for acceptance experienced by young adults struggling to find their place in the world. There are no heroes in this novel (Razorbill, 2007) by Jay Asher, and each character, including Hannah, is guilty of making poor choices. The pace of the story and the constant tension of wondering what will happen next make this an "edge of the seat" listening experience whose unanswered questions provide much food for thought and discussion.-Cindy Lombardo, Cleveland Public Library, OH Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Everything affects everything," declares Hannah Baker, who killed herself two weeks ago. After her death, Clay Jensen--who had a crush on Hannah--finds seven cassette tapes in a brown paper package on his doorstep. Listening to the tapes, Hannah chronicles her downward spiral and the 13 people who led her to make this horrific choice. Evincing the subtle--and not so subtle--cruelties of teen life, from rumors, to reputations, to rape, Hannah explains to her listeners that, "in the end, everything matters." Most of the novel quite literally takes place in Clay's head, as he listens to Hannah's voice pounding in his ears through his headphones, creating a very intimate feel for the reader as Hannah explains herself. Her pain is gut-wrenchingly palpable, and the reader is thrust face-first into a world where everything is related, an intricate yet brutal tapestry of events, people and places. Asher has created an entrancing character study and a riveting look into the psyche of someone who would make this unfortunate choice. A brilliant and mesmerizing debut from a gifted new author.--Kirkus, starred review "Heavy but compelling. . . . Asher's novel asks us to look at how petty cruelty can deal crushing blows." --Miami Herald"Wonderfully realistic in his writing, Asher offers teens and parents alike a great story on an important topic." --Green Bay Press-Gazette"It is a brilliant debut that will leave readers feeling a sense of remorse for Hannah, guilt for Clay, and hope for the lasting lesson of the story." --Bookazine"Breakneck pace and dizzying emotion." --School Library Journal"[Hannah's] pain is gut-wrenchingly palpable. . . . Asher has created an entrancing character study and a riveting look into the psyche of someone who would make this unfortunate choice. A brilliant and mesmerizing debut from a gifted new author." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review and Editor's Choice "Readers won't be able to pull themselves away." --Publishers Weekly"Asher's ability to convey the anguish of someone who was left behind is truly remarkable." --Book Page WINNER OFAssociation of Booksellers for Children's "Best Books" American Library Association's "Best Books for Young Adults" and "Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers"Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult LiteratureFlorida Teens Read AwardCalifornia Book AwardKentucky Bluegrass AwardBook Sense PickInternational Reading Association's "Young Adults' Choices" FinalistChicago Public Library's "Best of the Best Books" Kansas State Reading Circle's "Recommended Reading List"New York Public Library's "Book for the Teen Age"16 State Award Master Lists "Thirteen Reasons Why is a mystery, eulogy, and ceremony. Twenty or thirty times, I snapped the book shut when a sentence, an image, or a line of dialogue was too beautiful and painful. But I, afraid and curious, would always return to this amazing book. I know, in years to come, I will often return to this book." --Sherman Alexie, bestselling author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"Every once in a while you come across a book that you can't get out of your mind, one you have to rush back to if you must put it down for some reason. Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why is one of those books, and is at the very top of my personal Must-Read list." --Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of Tricks, Identical, Crank, Burned, Impulse, and Glass"A spectacular first novel. Jay Asher tells his story with such honesty and simplicity that the tragedy feels shatteringly real." --Gordon Korman, author ofSon of the Mob and Jake, Reinvented -Heavy but compelling. . . . Asher's novel asks us to look at how petty cruelty can deal crushing blows.- --Miami Herald-Wonderfully realistic in his writing, Asher offers teens and parents alike a great story on an important topic.- --Green Bay Press-Gazette-It is a brilliant debut that will leave readers feeling a sense of remorse for Hannah, guilt for Clay, and hope for the lasting lesson of the story.- --Bookazine-Breakneck pace and dizzying emotion.- --School Library Journal-[Hannah's] pain is gut-wrenchingly palpable. . . . Asher has created an entrancing character study and a riveting look into the psyche of someone who would make this unfortunate choice. A brilliant and mesmerizing debut from a gifted new author.- --Kirkus Reviews, starred review and Editor's Choice -Readers won't be able to pull themselves away.- --Publishers Weekly-Asher's ability to convey the anguish of someone who was left behind is truly remarkable.- --Book Page WINNER OFAssociation of Booksellers for Children's -Best Books- American Library Association's -Best Books for Young Adults- and -Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers-Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult LiteratureFlorida Teens Read AwardCalifornia Book AwardKentucky Bluegrass AwardBook Sense PickInternational Reading Association's -Young Adults' Choices- FinalistChicago Public Library's -Best of the Best Books- Kansas State Reading Circle's -Recommended Reading List-New York Public Library's -Book for the Teen Age-16 State Award Master Lists -Thirteen Reasons Why is a mystery, eulogy, and ceremony. Twenty or thirty times, I snapped the book shut when a sentence, an image, or a line of dialogue was too beautiful and painful. But I, afraid and curious, would always return to this amazing book. I know, in years to come, I will often return to this book.- --Sherman Alexie, bestselling author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian-Every once in a while you come across a book that you can't get out of your mind, one you have to rush back to if you must put it down for some reason. Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why is one of those books, and is at the very top of my personal Must-Read list.- --Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of Tricks, Identical, Crank, Burned, Impulse, and Glass-A spectacular first novel. Jay Asher tells his story with such honesty and simplicity that the tragedy feels shatteringly real.- --Gordon Korman, author ofSon of the Mob and Jake, Reinvented Heavy but compelling. . . . Asher s novel asks us to look at how petty cruelty can deal crushing blows. Miami Herald Wonderfully realistic in his writing, Asher offers teens and parents alike a great story on an important topic. Green Bay Press-Gazette It is a brilliant debut that will leave readers feeling a sense of remorse for Hannah, guilt for Clay, and hope for the lasting lesson of the story. Bookazine Breakneck pace and dizzying emotion. School Library Journal [Hannah s] pain is gut-wrenchingly palpable. . . . Asher has created an entrancing character study and a riveting look into the psyche of someone who would make this unfortunate choice. A brilliant and mesmerizing debut from a gifted new author. Kirkus Reviews, starred review and Editor s Choice Readers won t be able to pull themselves away. Publishers Weekly Asher's ability to convey the anguish of someone who was left behind is truly remarkable. Book Page WINNER OFAssociation of Booksellers for Children s Best Books American Library Association s Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult LiteratureFlorida Teens Read AwardCalifornia Book AwardKentucky Bluegrass AwardBook Sense PickInternational Reading Association s Young Adults' Choices FinalistChicago Public Library s Best of the Best Books Kansas State Reading Circle s Recommended Reading List New York Public Library s Book for the Teen Age 16 State Award Master Lists Thirteen Reasons Whyis a mystery, eulogy, and ceremony. Twenty or thirty times, I snapped the book shut when a sentence, an image, or a line of dialogue was too beautiful and painful. But I, afraid and curious, would always return to this amazing book. I know, in years to come, I will often return to this book. Sherman Alexie, bestselling author ofThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Every once in a while you come across a book that you can t get out of your mind, one you have to rush back to if you must put it down for some reason. Jay Asher sThirteen Reasons Whyis one of those books, and is at the very top of my personal Must-Read list. Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author ofTricks, Identical, Crank, Burned, Impulse, andGlass A spectacular first novel. Jay Asher tells his story with such honesty and simplicity that the tragedy feels shatteringly real. Gordon Korman, author ofSon of the MobandJake, Reinvented" Heavy but compelling. . . . Asher s novel asks us to look at how petty cruelty can deal crushing blows. "Miami Herald" Wonderfully realistic in his writing, Asher offers teens and parents alike a great story on an important topic. "Green Bay Press-Gazette" It is a brilliant debut that will leave readers feeling a sense of remorse for Hannah, guilt for Clay, and hope for the lasting lesson of the story. "Bookazine" Breakneck pace and dizzying emotion. "School Library Journal" [Hannah s] pain is gut-wrenchingly palpable. . . . Asher has created an entrancing character study and a riveting look into the psyche of someone who would make this unfortunate choice. A brilliant and mesmerizing debut from a gifted new author. "Kirkus Reviews," starred review and Editor s Choice Readers won t be able to pull themselves away. "Publishers Weekly" Asher's ability to convey the anguish of someone who was left behind is truly remarkable. "Book Page "WINNER OFAssociation of Booksellers for Children s Best Books American Library Association s Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult LiteratureFlorida Teens Read AwardCalifornia Book AwardKentucky Bluegrass AwardBook Sense PickInternational Reading Association s Young Adults' Choices FinalistChicago Public Library s Best of the Best Books Kansas State Reading Circle s Recommended Reading List New York Public Library s Book for the Teen Age 16 State Award Master Lists "Thirteen Reasons Why"is a mystery, eulogy, and ceremony. Twenty or thirty times, I snapped the book shut when a sentence, an image, or a line of dialogue was too beautiful and painful. But I, afraid and curious, would always return to this amazing book. I know, in years to come, I will often return to this book. Sherman Alexie, bestselling author of"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" Every once in a while you come across a book that you can t get out of your mind, one you have to rush back to if you must put it down for some reason. Jay Asher s"Thirteen Reasons Why"is one of those books, and is at the very top of my personal Must-Read list. Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of"Tricks," "Identical," "Crank," "Burned," "Impulse," and"Glass" A spectacular first novel. Jay Asher tells his story with such honesty and simplicity that the tragedy feels shatteringly real. Gordon Korman, author of"Son of the Mob"and"Jake, Reinvented"" Heavy but compelling...Asher s novel asks us to look at how petty cruelty can deal crushing blows. "Miami Herald" Wonderfully realistic in his writing, Asher offers teens and parents alike a great story on an important topic. "Green Bay Press-Gazette" It is a brilliant debut that will leave readers feeling a sense of remorse for Hannah, guilt for Clay, and hope for the lasting lesson of the story. "Bookazine" Breakneck pace and dizzying emotion. "School Library Journal" [Hannah s] pain is gut-wrenchingly palpable....Asher has created an entrancing character study and a riveting look into the psyche of someone who would make this unfortunate choice. A brilliant and mesmerizing debut from a gifted new author. "Kirkus," starred review and Editor s Choice Readers won t be able to pull themselves away. "Publishers Weekly" Asher's ability to convey the anguish of someone who was left behind is truly remarkable. "Book Page " WINNER OF Association of Booksellers for Children s Best Books American Library Association s Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Florida Teens Read Award California Book Award Kentucky Bluegrass Award Book Sense Pick International Reading Association s Young Adults' Choices Finalist Chicago Public Library s Best of the Best Books Kansas State Reading Circle s Recommended Reading List New York Public Library s Book for the Teen Age 16 State Award Master Lists "Thirteen Reasons Why "is a mystery, eulogy, and ceremony. Twenty or thirty times, I snapped the book shut when a sentence, an image, or a line of dialogue was too beautiful and painful. But I, afraid and curious, would always return to this amazing book. I know, in years to come, I will often return to this book. Sherman Alexie, bestselling author of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" Every once in a while you come across a book that you can t get out of your mind, once you have to rush back to if you must put it down for some reason. Jay Asher s "Thirteen Reasons Why" is one of those books, and is at the very top of my personal Must-Read list. Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of "Tricks," "Identical," "Crank," "Burned," "Impulse," and "Glass" A spectacular first novel. Jay Asher tells his story with such honesty and simplicity that the tragedy feels shatteringly real. Gordon Korman, author of "Son of the Mob" and "Jake, Reinvented" "

EAN: 9781595141712
ISBN: 1595141715
Publisher: Razorbill
Dimensions: 21.82 x 14.55 x 2.59 centimeters (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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This book is one of the first books I read that I couldn't put down. This story about Clay Jensens a good boy who doesn't see himself in a negative way, he is nice to everyone. But that soon changes when Hannah (a girl who recently took her life) sends him tapes of her thirteen reasons why. These tapes are sent to him because he is one of the reasons why she took her life. Had he ever done anything bad to her? Had her hurt her in any way? He can't think of anything because all he did was like her and care for her. To find his position on the tape he must listen to every horrible detail of the other peoples stories. Will Clay ever see his friends the same again? No, with those tapes everything changes. This story is amazing. I can't explain in words how sad and powerful this story is. To hear the story of a dead girl and the apparent guilt and stress of an alive boy. Some of the characters you'll hate and some you'll love. There is no point in this book where you want to put it down. There is twists and turns and ups and downs. Guilt. Relief. Tears. Smiles. Every emotion is poured into the pages of that book and you go on the ride with Clay. You begin to feel as if you are Clay, you are reading what Hannah has to say and you are wondering if Clay is next, What has Clay done? He seems nice enough. You'll have to read on to find out, and you will. This is an amazing book a strong outlook on the effects things have in others peoples lives, it makes you think twice about the things you've done and it may even make you shed a tear.
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This book was interesting to read. Jay Asher's concept in Thirteen Reasons Why is fresh and you won't regret reading this book. I devoured it in a few hours.

It's themes may not be entirely suitable for younger teens but it definitely brings back memories of your own teenage years and makes you look at your own actions closer.

Asher's writing makes you definitely feel for the characters - whether that be pity or dislike - he does it all.

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