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I wish you could understand how may books i've read and how much i .. i don't want to say loved but i did ... this book. it's amazing.. if i were to buy any book for any amount of money it'd be this one. now i've read and devoured all the twilight books, most sarah dessen books and a TON of others including love stories and socially based novels. i've never been so compelled to lose sleep over a work of literature before in my life until i picked up this book yesterday afternoon. PLEASE read it. that's all i can say through a stupid little review.
I don't want to explain the story line, but i will. A boy named Clay's life is changed. Forever. I'm talking he will never be the same person again. He receives a set of tapes from a girl who committed suicide and as he listens and begins to see the reasons (13 of them) why, his entire life spirals downward. The interesting and extremely clever point of view in the book (one from clay, the other from the voice on the tapes) makes this book completely and absolutely captivating, suspenseful, and absorbing.
That's all i'll say. I want to make you read it. honestly.
Sep 18, 2008
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This book was a gift, my granddaughter has been trying to find it for a long time. Thanks to your website it was a breeze. She thanks you.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-10-08 This uncommonly polished debut opens on a riveting scenario: 13 teenagers in a small town have each been designated to listen, in secret, to a box of audiotapes recorded by their classmate Hannah and mailed on the very day she commits suicide. "I'm about to tell you the story of my life," she says. "More specifically, why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why." Clay, the narrator, receives the tapes a few weeks after the suicide (each listener must send the box to the next, and Hannah has built in a plan to make sure her posthumous directions are followed), and his initial shock turns to horror as he hears the dead girl implicate his friends and acquaintances in various acts of callousness, cruelty or crime. Asher expertly paces the narrative, splicing Hannah's tale with Clay's mounting anxiety and fear. Just what has he done? Readers won't be able to pull themselves away until that question gets answered-no matter that the premise is contrived and the plot details can be implausible. The author gets all the characters right, from the popular girl who wants to insure her status to the boy who rapes an unconscious girl at a party where the liquor flows too freely, and the veneer of authenticity suffices to hide the story's flaws. Asher knows how to entertain an audience; this book will leave readers eager to see what he does next. Ages 13-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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