Saturday, September 27, 2008

Thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher

This has been a quiet week. It has been busy but quiet. My daughter, son in law and two grandsons have moved out!! They decided it was time for them to find a place of their own. After almost 5 years, it is nice to have my house to myself. Without the boys, it is quiet. But I am enjoying the quiet. I have gotten a lot of writing done this week.

Today's podcast is for Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why. This book really disturbed me. The whole subject of teen suicide disturbs me. I just can't imagine being so lost that there is not a flicker of hope. I wish there were a way we could identify and help these kids. There are just so many reasons why they choose this drastic escape. In Asher's book, Clay has no idea how he contributed to Hannah's suicide. The others probably did not either. But it points out how our actions effect others.

Asher, Jay.
THIRTEEN REASONS WHY
Clay has no idea why he got the tapes. What does this have to do with him? Hannah Baker has committed suicide but Clay had nothing to do with it. But he knows he must listen to the tapes and then pass them along. He listens to the secrets that surround Hannah. The secrets that led to her final, horrible decision to take her own life.

http://www.nancykeane.com/booktalks/mp3/asher_thirteen.mp3

2 comments:

Anna Elizabeth said...

I loved that book! The book was a bit disturbing but it made me think about things I naturally didn't want to think about. Suicide is a horrible last resort, but I was just wondering, why didn't she turn to Clay? He obviously liked her a lot. She liked him too, so why didn't she tell him her problems? The counselor thing didn't work out but if I were Hannah, I would have turned to a nice guy like Clay who was willing, all along, to listen to me. I think Hannah was a bit immature about the whole thing. Sure, her life was hard. But killing yourself is a weak way to deal with issues. Maybe I just see things that way because I am a teenager myself and I've gone through hard times also. I didn't get that easy of a way out though.

BBEyez616 said...

I really liked this book. It really did show me that my actions not only affect me, but they can affect other people. I'd recommend it to everyone.