Book: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
I have heard so much about this book. I can’t tell you how many people have told me that I simply needed to read it. I found a copy of it available at the library this last weekend and so I picked it up.
Thirteen Reasons Why tells the story of a girl named Hannah who commits suicide. She leaves behind a set of tapes explaining why she made the choice to take her own life. She tells each person how they contributed to her decision and they are forced to mail it to the next person on the list. The narrator is one of the last people on the list.
While this book is YA fiction, I definitely think that this book is not for every teen. This is one that parents might want to be careful with and talk to their kids about simply because of the subject matter.
I think the thing that hit me the most about this book was that there were so many signs that she was in trouble and no one noticed. Even the adults in her life didn’t pay attention. This book is a great reminder to keep an eye on the people around you. Watch for the signs and be there for them. For more information about suicide prevention, check out The Suicide Prevention Hotline.