Place(s) Traveled to: Anytown, USA
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved this story. I was blown away by it and think that Asher is a borderline genius. I was addicted to Hannah’s voice from the first page and felt all the same emotions that Clay did as he listened. Like Clay I was unable to stop. I couldn’t put this book down until I learned how Clay fit into the story and the events that lead up to Hannah taking her own life. Hannah is this amazing girl and it simply broke my heart to read her story. She is so smart and funny and is the sort of person that I would have loved to have known and been friends with in school. Asher takes this difficult subject and makes it understandable. He shows that its not always the big things that have the greatest impact. It can be something small, ‘a single drop in an ocean that sets off a chain of ripples then ends up in a tidal wave of emotion’* that becomes so overwhelming that the person just can’t cope with it. As with LaCour, Asher handles a difficult subject with grace and aplomb. He doesn’t condone Hannah’s actions but he just offers up to those she left behind something that they can hold on to fill that hole of questions asking why. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It’s a touching and heartbreaking read but it is such an amazing story and everyone needs to read its message. For those that love audiobooks, I have it on excellent authority that this book is made even better when listened to. At some point I may have to check it out but right now my heart is too broken over the loss of Hannah that it needs time to heal before I can risk breaking it again. To hear bits of the audio and to get a glimpse of part of this amazing book then click here, this link will open up Hannah’s map which was given to all those who appear on the tapes. Thirteen Reasons Why isn’t a perfect book there are some scenes that seemed a little too cliched, too contrived….but over all I loved this story. I think its a very powerful and emotional read and if you haven’t picked it up yet then I strongly suggest that you do so as soon as possible.
*this is a paraphrasing of one of my favourite quotes/passage from the book Into the Labyrinth by Margret Weis and Tracy Hickman. The full text is as follows for those that are interested:
“We each have within ourselves the ability to shape our own destinies. That much we understand. But, more important, each of us has an equal ability to shape the destiny of the universe. Ah, that you find more difficult to believe. But I tell you it is so. You do not have to be the leader of the Council. You do not have to be king or monarch or the head of a clan to have a significant impact on the world around you. In the vastness of the ocean, is any drop of water greater than another? No, you answer, and neither has a single drop the ability to cause a tidal wave. But, I argue, if a single drop falls into the ocean, it creates ripples. And these ripples spread. And perhaps – who knows – these ripples may grow and swell and eventually break foaming upon the shore. Like a drop in the vast ocean, each of us causes ripples as we move through our lives. The effects of whatever we do – insignificant as it may seem – spread out beyond us. We may never know what far-reaching impact even the simplest action might have on our fellow mortals. Thus we need to be conscious, all of the time, of our place in the ocean, of our place in the world, of our place among our fellow creatures. For if enough of us join forces, we can swell the tide of events – for good or for evil.” ~Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Into the Labyrinth