Thirteen Reasons Why

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Thirteen Reasons Why
ThirteenReasonsWhy.jpg
Hannah in the park, the place she had her first kiss.
Cover artistChristian Fuenfhausen
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesOne Book Only
Genre(s)Young-adult
PublisherPenguin Books
Publication date2007
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages289 pp
ISBNISBN 978-1-59514-171-2
OCLC Number85622684
LC ClassificationPZ7.A8155 Th 2008
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Thirteen Reasons Why
ThirteenReasonsWhy.jpg
Hannah in the park, the place she had her first kiss.
Cover artistChristian Fuenfhausen
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesOne Book Only
Genre(s)Young-adult
PublisherPenguin Books
Publication date2007
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages289 pp
ISBNISBN 978-1-59514-171-2
OCLC Number85622684
LC ClassificationPZ7.A8155 Th 2008

Thirteen Reasons Why (stylized as Th1rteen R3asons Why) is a 2007 New York Times best-selling young-adult fiction novel written by Jay Asher. The book was published by RazorBill, a young adult imprint of Penguin Books. The paperback edition hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in July 2011. In May 2011, a website called 13RWProject.com launched where fans of the book can record their reviews and experiences as text, photo or video. Jay Asher's book has been published in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Australia, Finland, Estonia and Vietnam.

Contents

Plot

Clay Jensen, a somewhat shy high school student, returns home from school one day to find an anonymously-sent package sitting on his doorstep. Upon opening it, he discovers that it is a shoebox containing seven cassette tapes recorded by the late Hannah Baker, his classmate and emotionally damaged crush who recently committed suicide by taking a handful of pills. The tapes were initially mailed to one classmate with instructions to pass them from one student to another, in the style of a chain letter, starting from the one involved in the first story to the last. On the tapes, Hannah explains to thirteen people how they played a role in her death, by giving thirteen reasons explaining why she took her life. Hannah has given a second set of tapes to one of their classmates, the identity of whom Clay later discovers, and warns the people on the tapes that if they do not pass them on, the second set will be leaked to the entire student body. This could lead to the public embarrassment and shame of certain people, while others could face physical harassment charges or jail time. Through the audio narrative, Hannah reveals her pain and suffering and her spiral into depression that ultimately leads to her death. She lists her first crush, two former friends, a peeping Tom, a liar, a goof who takes advantage of her, a hater, a thief who steals her poems, a member of the list that had already been mentioned, a cheerleader who crashes into a stop sign, a guy she had a sexual encounter with, the guidance counselor, and Clay himself. They all thought their actions were harmless, but they were wrong. Hannah's tapes will haunt them forever.

Film adaptation

Universal Studios purchased film rights to the novel on February 8, 2011, with Selena Gomez cast to play the lead role of Hannah Baker.[1]

Author's comments on writing

In an interview, Jay Asher commented, "Writing this book made me realize how fascinated I am by the way people interact... and the obstacles that keep us from understanding each other better."[2]

Awards

Noteworthy recognition

in Florida, Kansas, New Jersey and Kentucky

References

  1. ^ Schwartz, Terri (9 Feb. 2011). "Selena Gomez To Star In '13 Reasons Why': Movie, adapted from Jay Asher's young adult novel, looks back at a girl's reasons for committing suicide.". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1657538/selena-gomez-13-reasons-why.jhtml. Retrieved 11 Apr. 2012.
  2. ^ "Cynsations". Cynthia Leitich Smith. http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2008/02/author-interview-jay-ashe.
  3. ^ "2010 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Winner Announced". Georgia Library Media Association. http://glma.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/peachaward/. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
  4. ^ "Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy November 2009 :". International Reading Association. http://www.reading.org/Publish.aspx?page=JAAL-53-3-YAChoices.html&mode=retrieve&D=10.1598/JAAL.53.3.6&F=JAAL-53-3-YAChoices.html&key=FF2C4450-B58E-4042-9034-F7DE03126759. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  5. ^ "YALSA 2008 Best Books for Young Adults". Young Adult Library Services Association. http://www.lita.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/bestbooksya/08bbya.cfm. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  6. ^ "YALSA 2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers". Young Adult Library Services Association. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/quickpicks/annotations/08qp.cfm. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  7. ^ "YALSA 2008 Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults". Young Adult Library Services Association. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/amazingaudiobooks/annotations/08audio.cfm. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  8. ^ "77th ANNUAL CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARDS WINNERS IN BRIEF". commonwealthclub.org. http://www.commonwealthclub.org/bookawards/77/. Retrieved 2010-03-31.

External links