Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I didn’t expect the depth by which this book would root itself to. I knew that this was about suicide, but judging by the cover and the few pages I read before, I thought of it as a humor-filled book something that doesn’t take the topic too hard on it’s stride… but I was wrong.
The intersecting thoughts between Clay and the Hannah Baker’s recording was honestly perfect. It portrays the honesty of a life shrouded in lies and trying to live out of that shadow and finally succumbing to that because you’re done fighting. you’re done with everything in life. There wasn’t a single word in this book that I had to google, and that is a relief and a wonder. I learned something from this book and those aren’t new words, but the meaning of old ones that I now know I never really understood.
It’s a wake-up call. The whole book is. No bullshit. It tells us no matter how insignificant we think our actions are, they will still have an effect - an effect we will never ever could take back. So DO wise. MAKE wise. It is in fact our actions that we leave in this world, so make it count.
It’s also about how we look, but we never SEE. It’s right there and we selectively ignore them. If we only care enough to take the extra steps to talk, smile, touch, or just silently listen, we might’ve made a difference.. before it’s too late.
This was beautiful and heart-wrenching and just downright great. I mean, I didn’t bawl my eyes out but it struck me. A great book does that, it sparks something inside of you, and you are changed..
“He looks out into the empty street, allowing me to sit in his car and just miss her. To miss her each time I pull in a breath of air. To miss her with a heart that feels so cold by itself, but warm when thoughts of her flow through me.”