42I think this is a powerful read for teenagers. Suicide doesn't need to be a "taboo" subject. This book gives a perfect opening into talking about it with your teenager. It shows how others are affected by even our smallest actions sometimes. We need to think about how we treat each other. It also was very insightful inside the teenage mind. I only picked this book up because I overheard two teenagers in Barnes and Noble talking about how much they loved it. I recommend it, and I recommend reading it together with discussions. And, no younger than high school age due to some content.
Summary from goodreads.com:
Clay Jensen returns home
from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his
porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah
Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she
decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find
out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual
narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending
story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.