#review Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reason Why
by Jay Asher
I purposefully held off reading (and then watching) this until all the hype had died down.
This book covers the topics of suicide, bulling, rape, drug and alcohol abuse. And it also just goes to show how much society as a whole, turns a blind eye at these topics. For Hannah she did speak out about feeling suicidal towards the end only to be told to “get over it and move on” – honestly I wanted to grab Mr Porter and slap him silly. Even when she went for help, her last hopes were dashed when she was told that, so she felt she had no choice to end her life.
There were 13 tapes, 13 reasons and 13 people that could have stopped her from ending her life but each and everyone attributed to her wanted to die in the first place. Apart from Clay, he did to an extent but in my eye it was stupidity of not saying what he felt at the time that was his downfall.
I would say if you are having suicidal thought please do not read this, please seek help and don’t let anyone tell you to “get over it and move on”!
About the Author
Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up in a family that encouraged all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. He attended Cuesta College right after graduating from high school. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. At this point in his life, he had decided he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences had an impact on some aspect of his writing.
He has published only one book to date, Thirteen Reasons Why, which was published in October 2007. He is currently working on his second Young Adult novel, and has written several picture books and screenplays. Thirteen Reasons Why has won several awards and has received five stars from Teen Book Review. It also has received high reviews from fellow authors such as Ellen Hopkins, Chris Crutcher, and Gordon Kormon.