This is a Young Adult novel for teens but also for parents, families and teachers.
Like it or not, teen suicide is a reality. Clay Jensen has been wondering for two weeks why his classmate and crush Hannah Baker killed herself. Now he has received a box of audiotapes in the mail and Hannah herself is going to tell him why she is dead. He and 12 others must listen...
It is sad, it is scary, it is a book to make us think and perhaps change. This book has "grown into a major phenomenon over the last four years" (Entertainment Weekly, June 2011 interview with author, shelf-life.ew.com/2011/06/13/jay-asher-thirteen-reasons-why/) and is now available for purchase in paperback.
Or you can get on the list to read it at your local library...
The hard cover edition at the Hibbing Public Library includes thirteen questions for and answer by the author. It also includes ways to ask for help such as 1-800-SUICIDE=(800)784-2433 or1-800-442-HOPE= (800)442-4673 or www.hopeline.com
In addition, I just received an email from Minnesota State Library Services recommending the following website, an on-line "knowledge path" of centralized resources on Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges in Children and Adolescents: http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_Mental_Conditions.html
So please read the book, see the signs, show you care, and make a positive difference in someone's life. Don't give up on yourself or your friends and family. Life can be hard but it IS worth living. ~GR