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Subject: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Date Posted: 8/21/2011 8:55 PM ET
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Has anyone read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher? 

I picked it up because of its stellar reviews and intriguing premise (a boy recieves a set of audio tapes from a classmate who recently killed herself explaining the circumstances and confronting the people that led her to that end).

It's been nominated for several awards and gotten a lot of positive reviews, but I had mixed feelings about it.  I found the girl narrator weak and unsympathetic, and the boy narrator too good to be true.  I'd be interested to hear other people's thoughts.

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 9:56 PM ET
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You pretty much summed up my feelings on it. I do recommend the book to teens though as I feel there is some value in the book. I often wonder how I would react to YA books if I had read them as a teenager. I believe this is one of those books that I would have liked a lot more as a teen and probably overlooked some of the weaknesses I found.

Date Posted: 8/22/2011 9:47 AM ET
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I read that book a few months back and loved it!  I thought the concept for the book was good and it held my interest.  I generally don't read YA books but I found this one to be interesting. 

 



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Date Posted: 8/22/2011 12:03 PM ET
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I agree with everyone above, I liked it but it did have flaws that I attributed to it being YA.  I had my 13yo read it because I too think it has some "value".



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Date Posted: 8/25/2011 7:45 PM ET
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I really liked it, but I also listened to it. It is ideal for an audio book, as you listen to the tapes along with the guy.
Date Posted: 8/27/2011 10:00 PM ET
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Yup, I listened to it on audio.  Still didn't find it moving or profound.

Date Posted: 8/29/2011 4:39 PM ET
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I didn't say that I found it moving or profound. Just that I enjoyed it and that I thought that listening to it was kind of fun and fit the format of the book. I rarely do audiobooks, but I was glad I did with this one.

As for the girl being unsympathetic, I agree with that, but I also think she was a pretty accurate depiction of a teenage girl who was spiraling downward. Teenagers are often inherently selfish, which she clearly was, and unable to see the bigger picture outside of her own specific circumstances. While I don't think this was the best book I've ever read/listened to, I think it was good for what it was.