Author: Jay Asher
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush - who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.
My Summary: Hannah Baker was the girl everyone used to whisper about, not caring if she heard or not. From the moment she arrives in town, she's centered out thanks to her looks and the rumours started by her first boyfriend. Thanks to the rumours, Hannah has a horrible reputation and no real friends. But there's one person who doesn't believe the rumours: Clay Jensen, the guy who's been in love with her for years. Which is why he's shocked and hurt to find a box of tapes on his front porch - the first of which informs him that he is one of the reasons Hannah chose to end her life.
My Thoughts: Every so often a book comes along that changes the way you see things. This book is definitely one of them. I had been on my to-be-read list for years, but I'd heard mixed reviews from people I know. The minute I picked it up in the bookstore, though, I knew it was time to decide for myself.
I couldn't stop thinking about this book. When I was forced to stop reading (work, how I loathe you for cutting into my reading time!) I kept going over things in my head - like Clay, I was trying to figure out how Hannah could possibly blame him for what happened. I was up late reading, and I didn't let myself fall asleep until I'd finished, so you know it was amazing.
Final Thoughts: This book will rip your heart out chapter by chapter, but you won't be able to stop yourself from finishing, because it'll drive you crazy if you don't. I definitely, without a doubt recommend this to anyone who loves edgier contemporary literature, YA or not. There are some mature themes though, so I'd probably say keep it to readers aged 16 and up.