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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why Book CoverFive Stars

Clay Jensen goes home from school one day and finds a package on his door step. He wasn’t expecting a package and he is eager to find out what’s inside. He rushes in to open it, but what he finds leaves him wishing he would have left the package closed up tight. Inside are cassette tapes from Hannah Baker, his crush, schoolmate, and co-worker- or at least she was until she committed suicide two weeks ago. Clay can’t believe what is on the tapes. Hannah has recorded and left behind the thirteen reasons that led up to her fatal decision. Clay is now following the events that brought Hannah to her final moments and he can’t believe what he will discover along the way.

I loved so many things about this book! I think it is so eye opening as to what can lead up to someone’s decision to take their own life. It doesn’t take a huge soul crushing event, but sometimes it can just be the little things that snowball into something that was just too much to handle. Asher does an outstanding job at showing the delicacy of this topic and he even gives a lot of important information on the topic without sounding too informative. Hannah’s thirteen reasons will make us all stop and think about what we say about others, how we treat others, and how our decisions may greatly impact those around us. Sometimes our words and actions may seem harmless, but Thirteen Reasons Why shows us that we can never underestimate what toll our actions will have on another person’s life.

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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself? (summary from http://www.amazon.com/)

I absolutely LOVED this book! It was a title that I just stumbled upon in the library one day when I was browsing.  I picked it up because I needed a break from all of the dystopian fiction and  I am so glad that I chose this book. I loved the romance, the characters, and the suspense of Sam’s big decision.

***WARNING: THE FOLLOWING  CONTAINS SPOILERS!***

What I liked:

I liked the characters…especially the Garrett family. They were so quirky and loving and the combination just made them irresistible.

I liked Jase and Sam…their relationship was adorable. It’s the type of relationship you quickly find yourself cheering for.

I liked the mystery/suspense of Sam’s big decision.

I liked the shock I experienced when I found out Sam’s mom and boyfriend were the guilty party!

I liked the description of the Garrett’s home and front yard. It made me smile every time.

What I did NOT like:

I did not like Sam’s mom or her boyfriend, but I guess their terrible personalities were needed for the story line.

I honestly cannot think of anything else that I did not like. I just got hooked on this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end!