For this week, I’m featuring a banned, challenged, or censored book each day of the week alongside your regularly scheduled line-up!
Pub Date October 18th 2007
Genres YA, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.
REASON FOR BEING
BANNED OR CHALLENGED
Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.
I can understand the panic over it, especially with teen suicide rates so high in several countries, but I don’t know if it’s worth all the commotion. Yes, the book deals with teen suicide. It’s literally the premise of the thing. But… I dunno. I think it’s more popular opinion that is of greater concern. The topic of suicide is something that shouldn’t be shied away from and needs to be discussed with teens, but public opinion is what needs to stop either glorifying, demonizing, or simply polarizing the subject in media and television because I think THAT’S what’s really getting the kids (and their parents) so riled up.
What do you guys think? Have you read this one? What were your thoughts on it and does the challenges brought upon it stand or are wildly exaggerated?