By: Jay Asher
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Clay receives an unnerving package in the mail containing audiotapes from his dead classmate Hannah, who recently committed suicide. Through the tapes, Hannah explains the thirteen reasons why she killed herself.
Thirteen Reasons Why is a gripping and disturbing look at teen suicide and bullying. It contains:
• Profanity (sh*t, b*tch, d*ck, p*ss, d*mn, h*ll, *ss, and God)
• Sexual content (rumors calling a girl a slut, references to private parts, references to sex, a boy gets an erection, kissing, making out, and sexual innuendo)
• Sexual assault (a boy grabs a girl’s butt, a girl describes allowing a boy to feel her up but not liking it, a boy peeks in a girl’s window, a boy touches a girl’s legs and won’t stop when she tells him to)
• Rape scene (not described)
• Someone dies in a car crash
• Teenagers fighting
• Vandalized property
• Lying to parents
• Drinking at parties
• Contemplating suicide
This young adult standalone is well-written, but because of the serious topic and some disturbing content, I would not recommend it for anyone under fourteen.
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