October 2012

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This is the book every junior high student needs to read.

I am utterly addicted to young adult literature right now, and among my latest reads is the book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. One of the greatest differences between this book and the others I’ve been reading is the fact that it isn’t supernatural in any way; instead, it’s a book about serious teen issues. Another way it’s different is that it’s by a male author. I don’t think I’ve read any other books by male authors this year.

Asher did an amazing job of combining teen angst and true hard issues with an absolutely riveting mystery. A classmate commits suicide and leaves behind 13 stories recorded on cassette tapes to be passed around to the 13 people who had some role in the decline of her life and, ultimately, her death. The issues that teen girls face is especially made accessible to teen males, as the story is told from a male perspective.