Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher : Book Review

I recently checked out this book from my local library, and to tell you the truth it wasn’t worth the trip. Although I’ve heard about this book for years and it has always been at the top for teen fiction, I did read it. I never really got the opportunity to see it and had been dying to finally see what all the fuss was about. I started really optimistic and didn’t really know what to expect. Then when finishing it I was disappointed and mad at the fact of it being a less than stellar read. Before I go into on why I don’t like the book, I will tell you about the story.

So “Thirteen Reasons Why” is a book about a teen girl named Hannah who has committed suicide. It is told from the perspective of a boy named Clay Jensen who receives these tapes on his porch ( two weeks after Hannah dies). To his horror he finds out that the audio on them is Hannah’s prerecorded voice and on them she tells thirteen reason why she kills herself. He is one of them and there are several people who he knows that are mentioned. Early in the tapes Hannah reveals that there is map that details the events and places she mentions  that will help the listener get a better “view” of them. Clay had one stuck in his locker earlier in the week. At the time he didn’t realize what it was and just stuck it in his bag that was forgotten about with a thousand and one things on his mind. Clay takes his friends’ discman so he can listen to them on the go and slowly starts to learn the truth about himself and others he thought he knew so well. Clay used to crush hard on Hannah and is horrified of the cruel rumors and acts against her. He only wished she  knew that he would have been there for her and feels the weight of being too late. Buy at Amazon

The main reason why I don’t like this book is because the writing by the author is weird and awkward. While reading I had a constant headache because the writing was jumbled (to me); events described couldn’t be pictured (so I was trying to imagine what was happened and not being successful) and Clay (main character) had almost a fuzzy and ethereal quality about him which led me to not wanting to finish the book. Something else I didn’t really understand was how and why everybody raved on and on about this book. I was expecting to be blown away by the ingenious and innovative writing skills of the author but instead didn’t like one page of the book. One last thing was, even though I know this book is fiction, why didn’t the author have a letter or maybe hotlines for suicidal teens. I know when you are going through something you want to have something to connect to or hold on to and I felt like the author should have known this and had a special portion/excerpt for trouble teens out there. This book to me is recommended to everyone over the age of 10. Anyone could connect to elements in it and have a reason to read it.