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Jay Asher

Dear Librarian:

When I began writing THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, I was terrified people would call it "a book about suicide" and leave it at that. Yes, the book deals with serious issues, but I'm a storyteller first. Let me entertain you!

When Clay Jensen first receives an anonymous box of audiocassettes, he's excited...until he presses play. Out comes the voice of Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush. Two weeks earlier, Hannah committed suicide. On each side of each tape, she talks about a person at their school who she feels led to her decision to take her life.

"And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why."

The majority of my fanmail begins with "I couldn't put the book down" and ends with "It made me more aware of how I treat others." Are they claiming THIRTEEN REASONS WHY is thought-provoking entertainment?

Yes, I am a very happy author.

Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why / Jay Asher / Razorbill

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-1595141712 / Published: October 2007

Ages Young Adult / Hardcover; 320 Pages / YA

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