Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher

Rating: ****

When Clay Jensen discovers a box on his front porch addressed to him, he's psyched. Until he realizes that that box contains cassette tapes from a girl named Hannah Baker, who killed herself. He finds that he is one of 13 people to receive the tapes and that those tapes explain why Hannah decided to kill herself. He is told to listen to have his secrets revealed and so that night he goes on a journey to find out why his crush decided to end her life. This book explains why even small actions can have big consequences.

While this book was fairly morbid it was AMAZING and I honestly think it should be required reading in middle school or high school. I picked it up and was immediately intrigued and while I ended up with kind of a sad feeling at the end it was the kind of book that I had a hard time putting down until it was done. You'll love this book. Why? Because everyone's been bullied, everyone has had bad things happened to them, everyone has had a crush that they look back and wonder, "what if." And maybe not everyone has had suicide touch their lives (and I truly wish not a single person would have to go through that) but I'm sure every single person that reads this book will be able to take something away from it.

Coming Up Next: Secret Circle Volume One: The Initiation by L.J. Smith