Here is another guest blog from my daughter, Amber, on another great book that I also feel is a must for every one to read.
This is one of my personal favorite books. The book is Thirteen Reasons Why, written by Jay Asher. I first read it my senior year of high school. It’s about a touchy subject: suicide. No one wants to talk about it but it needs to be brought to people’s attention. It hits close to home with my family so it’s a topic I feel very strongly about. Suicide is a growing problem in our country. It is the third leading cause of death amongst just adolescents alone. It is said that for every completed suicide there are about 25 attempts. That’s not including ones we don’t hear about. I personally think all teenagers and really everyone should read it.
Hannah Baker unexpectedly took her own life. But what she left behind tells her story. The book follows a boy named Clay who receives some tapes in the mail. There are 7 all together. Thirteen sides; thirteen different stories. The rules are simple. Listen to the tapes all the way through then send them on to the next person. The tapes tell the journey of a girl who had been bullied and abused. Some knew what they were doing and some did not.
I don’t want to completely spoil the book but it makes you think about how you treat others. You don’t know what anyone else going through or how they are feeling or even how close to snapping they are. We are all human and have emotions. So I encourage you to read and share this book and think about how you could be affecting someone else’s life and pay attention to the warning signs. Its not taken seriously enough.
And if you’re one of those people who struggle with suicidal thoughts talk to someone. Life is worth living and it may be rough now but it gets better and there is plenty of support out there. So hang on and speak up!
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