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Th1rteen r3asons why : a novel
2016
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This uncommonly polished debut opens on a riveting scenario: 13 teenagers in a small town have each been designated to listen, in secret, to a box of audiotapes recorded by their classmate Hannah and mailed on the very day she commits suicide. "I'm about to tell you the story of my life," she says. "More specifically, why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why." Clay, the narrator, receives the tapes a few weeks after the suicide (each listener must send the box to the next, and Hannah has built in a plan to make sure her posthumous directions are followed), and his initial shock turns to horror as he hears the dead girl implicate his friends and acquaintances in various acts of callousness, cruelty or crime. Asher expertly paces the narrative, splicing Hannah's tale with Clay's mounting anxiety and fear. Just what has he done? Readers won't be able to pull themselves away until that question gets answered-no matter that the premise is contrived and the plot details can be implausible. The author gets all the characters right, from the popular girl who wants to insure her status to the boy who rapes an unconscious girl at a party where the liquor flows too freely, and the veneer of authenticity suffices to hide the story's flaws. Asher knows how to entertain an audience; this book will leave readers eager to see what he does next. Ages 13-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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**THE BOOK THAT STARTED IT ALL, NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES**<br> <br> The #1 New York Times bestseller and modern classic that's been changing lives for a decade gets a gorgeous revamped cover and never-before-seen additional content, including:<br> · An introduction from its award-winning author, Jay Asher;<br> · The until-now-secret alternate ending for Hannah and Clay that almost was;<br> · Early notes and ideas of how the story came to be;<br> · Deleted scenes;<br> · And more!<br> <br> You can't stop the future. <br> You can't rewind the past. <br> The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.<br> <br> 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. <br> <br> Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.<br> <br> Need to talk? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) anytime if you are in the United States. It's free and confidential.<br> <br> Find more resources at 13reasonswhy.info. <br> <br> Find out how you can help someone in crisis at bethe1to.com.
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