Book Birthday Shout Out is a meme hosted by The Bewitched Bookworms every Tuesday highlighting that special book that is being born this week that you just can't wait to squee to the world about.
Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Synopsis from Goodreads
Jay Asher's brilliant first novel is a moving, highly original story that focuses on a set of audiotapes made by a girl before she committed suicide, and which explain to 13 people the reasons why she decided to end her life. Told in a highly effective duel narrative -- alternating between the girl s voice and the thoughts of a boy who is listening -- this honest, poignant story reveals how other people's actions shape, and by extension can ruin, an individual's faith in people. Intensely powerful and painfully real, Thirteen Reasons Why reveals how brutal high school can be, the consequences of spreading rumors, and the lasting effects of suicide on those left behind
Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up in a family that encouraged all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. He attended Cuesta College right after graduating from high school. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. At this point in his life, he had decided he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences had an impact on some aspect of his writing.
He has published only one book to date, Thirteen Reasons Why, which was published in October 2007. He is currently working on his second Young Adult novel, and has written several picture books and screenplays. Thirteen Reasons Why has won several awards and has received five stars from Teen Book Review. It also has received high reviews from fellow authors such as Ellen Hopkins, Chris Crutcher, and Gordon Kormon.
I know what you are thinking. Greta... this is NOT a birthday book. But oh contrare (Greta assumes that is how you spell that word) for you are WRONGS and I will tells you whys!
On Saturday I got my FABU Entertainment Weekly and after reading the junk they had to say about "SUPER 8" (Greta loves to endorse movies that sound like motel chains) I then flipped the page and WOAH!! there was Jay Asher!!!
A fan girl squee, a happy dance, an odd look from my hubz later I read the article and found out that after so many years of being ignored "Thirteen Reasons Why" is about to hit the paperbook shelf on June 14th! - CHEAP!!!!!!!! (Greta loves to endorse all things thrifty)
And that's not all!! The movie rights have also been bought and Selena Gomez has been cast to play Hannah.
It's gonna happen!! YES!!!
The reason I am so amped about this book is that I'm dying to have every teen on the planet to read it. The subject isn't a fluffy one, it's real, and it's the best suicide awareness book I have ever read to date. Super mondo duper doppler excitamundo to have this book in cheap print and ready at Wal-mart. GO GET ONES NOWS!!!
So, happy birthday THIRTEEN REASONS WHY! You are a most awesome book and deserve a celebration of confetti, sprinkles, and cassette tape!
Wanna read my review on Thirteen Reaons Why? Then Click it!