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 http://www.thirteenreasonswhy.com/.
And an awesome student created book trailer is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48Bh_1qH1IE