*Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher* Review

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Summary:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: 

This book deserves five stars.
Ellen Hopkins did not lie when she said that this is « A book that you can’t get out of your mind. »
It is one of the best books that I read last year. It is so captivating and addictive, once you start reading it you just can’t stop.

The people who say that Hannah Baker didn’t give a good, valid reason for killing herself are wrong. Of course killing yourself because someone groped your butt is stupid. But having all the thirteen reasons told in the story piled together is what led to her suicide.
Imagine being lonely, alone with no real friends, imagine the people that you thought were your friends leave you down, imagine that where ever you are people would look at you in a bad way and would talk behind your back, imagine being groped and humiliated in a public place, imagine ‘a peeping tom’ ruining the privacy of your home, imagine being in the same room where a girl is being raped, imagine having your body used, imagine being mocked and having your personal poems used…
Hannah eventually did not feel safe (even in her own house), she felt let down by everyone, she felt lonely, she didn’t have anyone there with her and she felt that no one could help her. That was what led to her suicide, she was depressed.

“Everything…affects everything”
“No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”
“And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life.”

This book changes you. It helps you understand that whatever you do or say, that all of our actions affect the people surrounding us positively or negatively.

This book is so emotional and mesmerizing, and Hannah’s voice is so strong and eerie (that’s why I want to buy the audio book). The characters are real and profound and the writing style is so amazing.

I can’t wait for the TV-Series but I hope with all my heart that they won’t ruin it.
I recommend this book.

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*The Time in Between by David Bergen* Review

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Summary: 

In search of love, absolution, or forgiveness, Charles Boatman leaves the Fraser Valley of British Columbia and returns mysteriously to Vietnam, the country where he fought twenty-nine years earlier as a young, reluctant soldier. But his new encounters seem irreconcilable with his memories.

When he disappears, his daughter Ada, and her brother, Jon, travel to Vietnam, to the streets of Danang and beyond, to search for him. Their quest takes them into the heart of a country that is at once incomprehensible, impassive, and beautiful. Chasing her father’s shadow for weeks, following slim leads, Ada feels increasingly hopeless. Yet while Jon slips into the urban nightlife to avoid what he most fears, Ada finds herself growing closer to her missing father — and strong enough to forgive him and bear the heartbreaking truth of his long-kept secret.

Bergen’s marvellously drawn characters include Lieutenant Dat, the police officer who tries to seduce Ada by withholding information; the boy Yen, an orphan, who follows Ada and claims to be her guide; Jack Gouds, an American expatriate and self-styled missionary; his strong-willed and unhappy wife, Elaine, whose desperate encounters with Charles in the days before his disappearance will always haunt her; and Hoang Vu, the artist and philosopher who will teach Ada about the complexity of love and betrayal. We also come to learn about the reclusive author Dang Tho, whose famous wartime novel pulls at Charles in ways he can’t explain.

Moving between father and daughter, the present and the past,The Time in Between is a luminous, unforgettable novel about one family, two cultures, and a profound emotional journey in search of elusive answers.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Review: 

I didn’t like this book much, I had a hard time connecting to the characters and I still don’t care about them because there was no character development, they all felt somewhat uninteresting, there was nothing special concerning them, they were not deep even Ada, Charles and John Boatman who are the main characters.

The pace was really slow and the plot was practically none existent, I was not engrossed in the story, there was nothing really catchy or something that will keep me thinking about The Time in Between for a while, also I was not a big fan of the ending, it didn’t tie the story, everything was kept in the open, it did not satisfy me but maybe that’s how David Bergen wanted it to be.

In a way I liked Bergen’s writing style, I don’t know but it spoke to me, his words flow in an easy way. Overall his writing is beautiful. I found it interesting to learn a few things about Vietnam and the way he portrayed the difference between Vietnamese and Americans/Canadians.

Overall I enjoyed reading the first part of the book, so the second part and the ending made me lower my rating. However I look forward to reading more of Bergen’s works because I really liked the way he writes, I just didn’t enjoy this book.