Friday, March 25, 2011

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Read by Joel Johnstone

I can't believe I haven't read this before--I've been recommending it to students since it was published. It's been popular and I even have an autographed copy at home. But somehow it slipped through my reading cracks.

Clay is a teenage boy who receives a box of cassette tapes in the mail. He pops one in to listen and realize that they were created by Hannah Baker, a girl he was crushing on. The problem is that she committed suicide recently. And, while listening to the tapes, Clay realizes why. Sure, it's a heartbreaking story, but definitely worth the read. There were so many chances to save Hannah and, as a teacher, I cringed at the mistakes made by guidance counselors and other adults in her life.

It's a whopper. Check out the book's website at

And an awesome student created book trailer is

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