Saturday, July 30, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
WINNING WILL MAKE YOU FAMOUS. LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Synopsis From Jay Asher's Website:
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several 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. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
My husband gave me this book as a gift. When I saw the cover I was immediately pulled in, then I flipped it over and read:
You can’t stnp the future.
You can’t rew«nd the past.
The only way to learn the secret
. . . is to press pl>y.
Now, not only did I want to read it, but I needed to start reading it right then.
Jay Asher’s debut Novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, was simply brilliant. It provides you with the thoughts of not only the person who committed suicide, but also one of the people affected by their decision. Asher shows how your actions can affect others in unexpected and sometimes deadly ways. I loved the use of audiotapes. It was such an irreplaceable part of the book because when I was reading it I felt as if I could not stop reading for the same reason Clay could not stop listening – he needed to know why Hannah committed suicide and how he may have led her to that decision. I also loved the way he ended the book, which I will just say was wonderfully inspiring so as not to give the ending away.
While I understand that the topic of suicide is hard for many people to stomach it also is a very real issue that some people know little to nothing about, especially teens. I believe that this will be a great book for generations to come because it opens the door to conversations about the hard truth that some people do consider and even commit suicide. Thirteen Reasons Why was an eye opening look at how we impact others and some of the signs of a person crying out for help. I would definitely recommend this book to others!
For more information about Jay Asher and Thirteen Reasons Why visit www.thirteenreasonswhy.com
Friday, July 1, 2011
- There are a lot of really good book blogs out there already, so I need something a little unique.
- It is important to have an easy to navigate site.
- You should have a review policy section and also a quick explanation of your ratings on your homepage.
- My book addiction is not at the intervention level, yet.
- Finally and most importantly, I found the way I wanted to show my rating.