Before we talk about the book 13 Reasons Why we thought it was important to mention that October is National Bullying Awareness Prevention Month.
Why the Novato Library First Thursday Book Club loves 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher:
First of all this is a must read book as it is difficult to explain it's awesomeness. This story is about a 16 year old girl name Hannah who commits suicide. She leaves behind 13 audio tapes that get sent to 13 people, making it so that each person has to send it to the next person on the list. The story opens with a teenager named Clay receiving the tapes. As he begins to listen to the tapes he finds out that each of the tapes represents a person who was involved in the chain of events that finally leads to Hannah's suicide.
One thing that is really great about this book is that all the teenage characters are believable, they don't seem like some lame Gossip Girl type person that would never exist in real life. The story unfolds in a really compelling way, and there is pretty much no way to figure out how it is going to end. One thing we all liked is the way that the book illustrates how a small act of bullying can snow ball into something that gets totally out of control. This book really makes you think about how your actions can really harm someone even if they hide their feelings. Be warned that is definitely a mature read that covers some pretty harsh topics like bullying, date rape and suicide.
Some other books about bulling that we really loved:
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (seems like a fluff read but is really good)
Story of a Girl and Sweethearts both by Sarah Zarr
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living by Dan Savage