13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher was a book that I had been wanting to read for a while. This was on my TBR pile for a while, and then when I heard that it was soon coming out as a Netflix series, I decided to read it as soon as possible. I read this book in two days, If I hadn’t had responsibilities such as going to work, then I would have 100% read this in one sitting. I had heard nothing but good things about this book and I was so excited to start reading it, and I also found it quite relatable.

This is a novel about friendship, sexuality and honesty, and as a teenager, (although now in my final year of being a teen) and with my final school years still fairly fresh in my memory, It was easy for me to think back, and also relate to how Hannah was feeling before she took her own life.

Hannah Baker killed herself two weeks ago, and Clay gets home from school finding a package on his bed, confused, but also interested in what is on these tapes, he straight away listens to them. There are 7 tapes in the package, and both sides have recordings on them, except for the 7th one. There are 13 recordings altogether. Each side is a story that belongs to someone at school, with Hannah explaining why that person was apart of the reason that she killed herself. The rule is that each person must listen to all of the tapes, and when they are done, pass them onto the next person in the list. If one of them does not do this, then there are a second version of the tapes, and not only the 13 people involved hear what is on them, but everyone does.

Hello, boys and girls. Hannah Baker here. Live and in stereo.

No return engagements. No encore. And this time, absolutely no regrets.

I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to these tapes, you’re one of the reasons why.

I’m not saying which tape brings you into the story. But fear not, if you received this lovely little box, your name will pop up . . . I promise.

Clay Jensen returns home to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. All through the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovered changes his life forever.

Asher cleverly allowed both Hannah’s and Clay’s point of view of everything on the tape and the same time, and it works very well. It allows us as the reader to know Hannah’s reasons, but also Clay’s perspective of it all.

At school, people can be so nasty, for absolutely no reason at all. I had some experience with this, along with so many other people. People would just take the piss out of others for little things, things that didn’t involve them in the slightest, and they knew they were hurting the other person, but did they care? of course not, because it was fun for them and they were bored, so why not make someone else feel shit? Some people do this intentionally, however, the message that Hannah brings, is a lot of the time, people don’t even realise that they are hurting other people, and their action affect so many things going on in someone’s life.

This book makes you think about what we can do everyday, to make people’s lives a little better, if we didn’t do that one thing, or say that one thing maybe we can save their lives. If we didn’t comment on someone’s hair or their appearance, but actually complimented their hair or their appearance, maybe we can make their day a little bit better. If we don’t say that one negative thing, someone else won’t do that one negative action and things will be better for that person. Therefore, I’m going to give this book 5 stars because it is relatable and it makes us think about how our actions and our words can affect other people both in a positive and negative way.

 

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The Potion Diaries

The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. I do not normally enjoy books with magic, or potions etc. (unless it’s Harry Potter) but this was not over the top, and I really REALLY liked this book.

When the princess of Nova accidently poisons herself with a love potion, which was meant for someone she’s in love with, she falls in love with her own reflection. A nationwide hunt is then called to find a cure for her, with competitors travelling around the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and high mountains, facing death at every turn.

Samantha Kemi is an ordinarty girl with an extraordinary talent. Her family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they have fallen on hard times and winning the hunt could save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? and how close is she willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing enemy?

This book really kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I had heard good things about this book from reviews on youtube and I was not disappointed. It is a nice, casual read to get lost in and escape to a completely different world.

In this book, there is an enemy, Emilia, who would stop at nothing to destroy all the participants opportunity to get the ingredients. All you want is for the princess Evelyn to get her cure, but the only person you want to cure her is Sam Kemi.

I would recommend anyone who wants just a bit of light reading to get this book. It will not disappoint you. This is the first book out of two, and I loved it and moved straight onto the second book, in which I have just started, so the review of that book will be my next review. As for this book, I would give it 4.5 stars.

Holding Up The Universe

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven was sat on my TBR shelf for a while before I got around to reading it, and I wish that I had read it sooner. This book wasn’t anything special, just a typical YA book, and to me, thats what made it so great. Jennifer Niven doesn’t seem to try super hard to make an AMAZING book, it just worked for this book.

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, she’s the fat girl at school, and it’s so funny to play pranks on the fat girl right? No one has ever looked past her weight to see who she really is. Since her mother’s death, she’s been hiding, but now she feels like she is ready to go to high school. She wants to be the girl that can do anything, she doesn’t let her weight define her.

As for Jack Masselin, everyone thinks they know him too. He’s your typical jock, sexy, aloof, ‘too cool for school’ and with a smoking hot girlfriend. However, Jack has a secret that he needs to keep, he acts confident and like his friends so that no one suspects anything, even though he hates the way his friends are. He needs to be charming and funny and not to get too close to anyone.

And then Jack and Libby meet. Their worlds completely chance. Jack finally has someone to talk to about his secret. Libby can finally feel like she’s pretty enough, and that her weight won’t hold her back any longer.

The thing I loved about this book was how different it was to others. I have never read anything like it. I mean, yes, there was that typical boy meets girl and they fall in love and live happily ever after, but everyone loves a bit of cheesy romance right? Without giving any spoilers, all I’m going to say is I imagined the characters to look completely different to how they are described.

I loved this book because it’s a love story about finding that one person who sees you for who you really are, and seeing them right back. (those who have read this will understand that). But this book is completely brilliant, and I am so glad I bought and read this book, and I would highly recommend you to read it too. Therefore, I will give this book 4 stars.