“Thirteen Reasons Why”

I have just finished reading “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher. I have to say that for the first time in a long time, I have come across a book that begs to be read in a single sitting. Where it would be fitting, indeed, in the context of the story, to do so; it would make you share the main character’s experience even more.

But how good a book is it? I may need to be careful here, because I know it will be special to lots of people. I have some reservations. The culture of a US college doesn’t travel that well across the Atlantic, and in consequence there are some aspects that grate / probably don’t work so well etc. One or two of the ‘Reasons’ seemed a little flimsy / contrived – though some certainly weren’t. But maybe that’s OK. All part of the “snowball effect” (and I quote Mr Porter). It has a pace, an intensity, a feeling that is strong, relentless, undeniable. The idea behind the structure is solid, the execution pretty good. Once you’re hooked, there’s no letting you get off… And in the end, if you’re supposed to care about Hannah more than anyone else, then 10 out of 10.

Having said all that, is it great writing? I don’t think so – but it could become a modern classic…


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