So this week's book that is for Thinkin' About Thursday is:
In a sentence or two: clay receives a box of cassette tapes (yes, apparently they are still around) from his classmate and crush Hannah...who died by suicide two weeks ago. There are 7 cassette tapes with a total of 13 recordings on them - the 13 reasons why Hannah gave up.
Hannah was the new girl her freshman year, with a clean slate. She was funny, smart, pretty, and socially capable of doing pretty well for herself. She makes friends with the other two new kids that year, and they find themselves supporting each other as newbies while spreading their wings socially among the other students. And that's about the end of what goes right for Hannah. Her two 'closest' friends betray her and a path of seemingly unrelated events and rumors tear her down piece by piece until she can't stand it anymore.
Clay is the latest recipient of the tapes that Hannah recorded the day before she died. He can't remember a single malicious thing he did to her, in fact, he was pretty smitten with her so he can't figure out why he would be one of Hannah's 13 reasons. But in order to find out, he has to listen to all the tapes in order, hearing each other person/reason why. Each story is heartbreaking and hauntingly familiar to clay. He saw/heard the rumors Hannah is talking about but is hearing the truth from her now. The way he sees his classmates, his town, his teachers, even himself, changes with each tape he plays.
I'm been hearing about this book for a long while. It just seems like a book that I would totally enjoy.