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The trouble with making books into audiobooks is that some simply do not survive the translation in media intact. Not so with 13 Reasons Why. Compellingly written and evocatively voiced, this audiobook comes from a novel whose premise - a boy's inner monologue as he is listening to audiotapes of a dead girl's voice - is ideally suited to the listened. On top of that, Jay Asher's novel is an accurate, sometimes painfully so, rendering of teen life, teen sorrow, and teen frustration. His main character's reactions are realistic and inevitable, and his storytelling weaves together 12 stories into one cohesive whole. I loved this book so much that I taught it to a Grade 9 and 10 class low-literacy class, who were inspired to become active in their community to help people "So no one has to get a box on their door...or mp3s in their email...and hurt like Clay and Hannah did." When the students ask me if they're allowed to lend the book to friends and family, when a mother phones me in happy tears because her daughter wants a BOOK for Christmas, that's when I know the novel is great.
69 of 71 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed the idea, format, and execution of this book. I felt mixed emotions about the narrator, as was intended and this opened up a good dialogue between me and my 13 yr old daughter. Worth your credit if you're interesting in understanding the inner workings of a young girl's mind.
85 of 91 people found this review helpful
This audiobook is an excellent story of detailing how quickly hope can run out for someone on the edge due to societies blindness to the peril, and at the same time it tells a doomed love story that both characters wanted but could never grasp. This work by Jay Asher is truly an excellent choice and whilst filled with the chiling feeling of listening to someones downfall it fills the reader with a sense of hope that things can get better even after despair. This book is certainly an good choice!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I sort of wanted to dislike this book; to discard it as crappy teen fiction. However, I can't do that. In fact, I listened to the whole audiobook in one day. I couldn't stop listening.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
now that I have listened to the book I totally do NOT understand the people who say this book glamourises suicide. It doesn't. Do these people understand that when something is "glamourised" it means that it is appealing to others?? Suicide is not appealing. Not before or after listening to this book.
there is a difference between glamourising and realism. This book is realistic. It is heart-wrenching. And it is real. Lots of kids go through this type of stuff, and by saying that this book glamourises suicide you are brushing aside everyone who has fletcher suicidal - making them feel like they are just wanting to kill themselves for attention. And that is wrong!!
This opened a dialogue between myself and my teenage daughter, about suicide, bullying, etc. I think this book is a great tool for parents to understand a little of what their child is going through, and for teenagers - to know that someone will listen, just keep trying, because you may not realise that there is someone else wanting to help but they don't know how.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I wish the story was longer and more detailed, it felt more like a short story than a novel. Great story tho, I wouldn't mind my son who just started high school to listen to it, learn the importance of our actions no matter how small can create a snowball effect.
Enjoyed the Netflix series better.