The winner of last's week's giveaway of MATCHED is ...
The Book Pixie!
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Today I'm giving away one of my favourite books OF ALL TIME!
Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher
Clay recieves a set of tapes from Hannah, who committed suicide. On these tapes, she tells of the events which led up to her death.
MY ONE THING:
I'm sorry, but I'm doing two things. Because there are two things that stood out for me above all else.
1. DUAL NARRATIVE
They always warn you about switching perspectives. In fact, most books these days, YA especially, hug one character pretty tightly. But Jay Asher pulls off this technique flawlessly. He sets it up so that you always know whether you're reading Hannah or Clay. And using cassette tapes to make a dead girl talk? Brilliant!
2. THE REASONS
I'm not suicide expert or anything, but one of the things you hear - on movies, from friends, on the news - is "I had no idea." People always think that they should see these huge pointers before someone commits (or attempts) suicide. But I'm a long-time depression sufferer. And even though that's not the same thing, I know that triggers can be really small. Microscopic.
I also know that little things add up. If an atom fell on you, you wouldn't even feel it. Even if it was the heaviest atom in the periodic table. (I should so know what that is, but I have no idea, and I'm well-drugged on Conta-c right now, and not particularly inclined to look it up. ) It's just an atom, right. But if you got together a bunch of atoms and made, let's see, the Eiffel Tower, and that fell on you... well, you'd definitely feel that.
People are more fragile than you think sometimes. To you it might just be a giggle. To someone else, it might be the last straw.
If I could my mouth for a million years, I couldn't tell you how much this book affected me.
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