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THIRTEEN REASONS WHY By Jay Asher

Posted by Ideja B. on March 25, 2018 at 11:25 AM
Asher's technique in making this book helped to make it one of the books with the most interesting story structure I have ever read. Hannah's tapes was an enticing way to develop the storyline while addressing a relevant situation that happens in the real world; suicide. Reading this book seemed to highlight the importance of raising awareness about mental illnesses, but also about bullying and harassment - many things that young people are ashamed about. Hannah's character is portrayed as a girl with great pain in her life, but many see her as an attention seeker, as she threatens to expose everyone if they don't listen to the tapes. I found that I felt sorry for Clay especially, as he's forced to relive the worst moments of his life, and re-experience the immense feeling of guilt that he carries with him throughout the book. The use of description within the novel allows the readers to connect with their characters, and pick and choose their favourites. However, the ending made the story the most enthralling, and made me embrace the unpredictability of the book. I rate this book FOUR STARS (Check out the '4 Star Books' section in the Books section for the book image, blurb and where to buy the book - click the image!)

Categories: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

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