Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Rating: StarStarStarStar

 

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Literary Awards: 2010 South Carolina Book Award for Young Adult Book Award, 2010 Georgia Peach Honor Book Award, Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice

*****

If my love were an ocean, 
there would be no more land. 
If my love were a desert, 
you would see only sand. 
If my love were a star- 
late at night, only light. 
And if my love could grow wings, 
I’d be soaring in flight.

HYPNOTIZING.

Thirteen Reasons Why is one remarkable read! Although it won’t make my favorites list, i have to give proper due to 13RW for reasons that: (1) it did not glorify the idea of suicide, (2) it fully captured the horrific realities of high school life, and (3) it gave hope no matter how somber the story got. 13RW is a must-read for every teen, that’s for sure.

I was prepared to feel sorry for Hannah, but that did not happen. If anything, I was intimidated by her character! Reading her POV was so addicting because the victim of a suicide doesn’t act like a victim at all. Hannah is angry, bitter, revengeful. Asher made me want to get to know her better but alas, she’s dead. 😦 Clay is one character so defined that only a guy like him can handle Hannah’s secret and still come out alive. He’s confused, regretful, full of remorse. I love how he broke down… and slowly he found a way to deal after Hannah’s death. Sometimes i got confused following Hannah’s and Clay’s story (they are told simultaneously) and that kinda made my reading a little challenging.

The storyline is very realistic, too realistic for me that the part where Hannah explained why Clay is on the tapes, my chest tightened and my eyes threatened to cry. Of all the reasons why Hannah took her life, there’s one that scared the crap out of me: Bryce Walker. Jay Asher, you are one effective writer to make a normal guy like Bryce frightened me.

Thirteen Reasons Why is a very emotional read so make sure you pick it up when you are tolerant for some gritty, heart-wrenching story. You think those harmless things you did and those little words you said way back in high school is forgotten? Think again. Because someone’s life might have changed by your actions, inactions and words for the better. or for the worst.

#11 Off the Shelf Reading Challenge 2011

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood

Rating: StarStarStar

Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation.
Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain.

Ellie heads home to Winston Falls, South Carolina, to attend her sister’s wedding. Shortly after she arrives, though, she receives a surprise visitor: Max Daniels. The Landrys have been captured, and she’ll be called to testify. But they’ve been captured before, and each time the witnesses are scared into silence-or disappear before they can take the stand. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly.

*****

TAME.

The Ideal Man is just an average Julie Garwood book. I was disappointed because I’m a Garwood fan for years now. The plot is predictable, the story is okay, and the characters seemed recycled from her previous novels.

Ellie  is a trauma surgeon and a prodigy. Having been separated from her family for years now, she has nothing to look forward to. Her gruesome past is preventing her to have a future, but that doesn’t mean she’s now willing to finally confront the demon that’s been plaguing her since childhood. Ellie is not weak, but she’s not that strong, either. One thing i don’t get is her ‘animalistic’ attraction towards Max. TRANSLATION: Ellie wants to jump his bones every single time. Ugh. A little respect please, for yourself. Thank you 😉

Max is an FBI Agent who can make a living out of his casual relationships with women. He’s as tough as any agent can be, but knowing what Ellie went through all her life, he can’t help but say that she’s tougher than he is. I love Ellie’s dad; I hate her mom. I also like her sister, Annie; obviously i despise the twin sister, Ava. Evan Patterson is scary – his character is the one i look forward to reading. 🙂

The Ideal Man is a passable read for any Julie Garwood fan. Slightly humorous and sexy, it might still steal hours from you when reading it.

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)

Imprint: Dutton

Pub Date: 08/09/2011

Thank you NetGalley and Kirby Rogerson for granting my galley request.

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”