Book Review- Thirteen Reasons Why


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Published by Razorbill on October 18, 2007
Genres: Young Adult, Suicide, Fiction
Pages: 288

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.

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.

I absolutely loved Thirteen Reasons Why. I don’t even know if I can find the right words to describe the feeling I got while reading (and after reading) the book, but I’ll try.

The dual narration of the book truly brings it to life. I was able to read what Hannah was saying in her tapes, and immediately read Clay’s reaction to her words. Things she said sparked his memory, so at times two stories were being told at once (which was surprisingly easy to follow) and added dimensions to the book that helped bring it to life.

I love how perfectly Jay Asher captured the “snowball effect” and how the most random encounters can impact people so much. Thirteen Reasons Why digs deeply into how the most thoughtless of jokes can cause serious repercussions.

Thirteen Reasons Why makes me want to be better-nicer-to everyone I know. To everyone in general. I definitely recommend reading this book if you haven’t already. It’s worth it.

I am going to give Thirteen Reasons Why five out of five hearts.

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Book Review- The Ascent of Feminist Poetry



The Ascent of Feminist Poetry by Charles Bane, Jr.
Published by Transcendent Zero Press on November 1, 2015
Genres: Feminist, Poetry, Women Writers, Feminist Theory
Pages: 32

Charles Bane, Jr. once again takes a route to poetic interpretation that honors the role of small presses in moving poetry toward its most obscure destinies. In this discussion of feminist poetry and its outlier status, Bane explores the rising trend of female poets and what this means to the future of poetry.

Small presses are important because they assume risks the larger publishers want to avoid. They set market trends, and are market rogues. Honest small presses that love the craft want to push boundaries, lift curses, and broaden the creative dialogue. The small press is often overlooked in the long run, and Mr. Bane makes special note of the contributions these presses add to the art of poetry.

This is not so much playing the devil’s advocate as giving an emerging poetry a solid analysis and voice. Expect an trenchant look into the next big thing in poetry.

The Ascent of Feminist Poetry was very insightful. It speaks about problems in our society and the decline of true culture, among other pressing matters. There is insightful text sprinkled with poems from various female authors, covering a wide range of poetry styles.

The poems are used as a way to reinforce the text surrounding them, giving me chills. It was pieced together expertly, and gave a deep insight into matters I didn’t even know existed, yet affect people on a daily basis.

The book was very short, which made it a quick read. Even so, it has my mind spinning with the context, and I doubt I’ll be able to stop thinking about it for a while.

As much as I enjoyed it, the book was a bit tricky to understand, and I had to stop and go back over some passages a couple times to make sure I was understanding the meaning completely.

I am going to give The Ascent of Feminist Poetry four out of five hearts.

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*This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review. This has not in any way affected my views or opinion of the book.