Thirteen Reasons Why is the story of a girl named Hannah Baker who takes her own life. But before she does, she records several cassette tapes explaining why and sends them to the people she feels pushed her toward that decision. The story is told from the point of view of Clay Jensen who spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah’s voice as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself—a truth he never wanted to face.
The anti-bullying anthem was published in hardcover in October 2007 by Razorbill, and quickly became a word-of-mouth favorite among teenaged readers with fans claiming, “This book changed my life.” The novel has been on the New York Times children’s hardcover bestseller list for 65 weeks, foreign rights have been sold into 30 countries and it has been acquired by Universal Pictures and will star Selena Gomez.
Penguin launched the 13RW Project at http://www.13rwproject.com/ as a place for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why to record their thoughts, stories, videos and photos relating to the book, and to view what other readers from all across the country have shared. Each review is logged on a map to show the many locations that viewers are posting from, and all content is shareable through Facebook and Twitter.
In celebration of the paperback release of Thirteen Reasons Why, I will be giving away two copiesof the book courtesy of Big Honcho Media and Penguin! All you have to do is fill out the short form below and the contest ends at midnight on June 23. Normal contest rules apply.Heartbreaking, emotional, and tragic, Thirteen Reasons Why will take you on a journey through one teenager’s life from a completely unique point of view. I strongly encourage you to read this book – it was like nothing I have ever read before.