Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

Summary: When Clay Jenson plays the cassette tapes he received in a mysterious package, he’s surprised to hear the voice of dead classmate Hannah Baker. He’s one of 13 people who receive Hannah’s story, which details the circumstances that led to her suicide. Clay spends the rest of the day and long into the night listening to Hannah’s voice and going to the locations she wants him to visit. The text alternates, sometimes quickly, between Hannah’s voice (italicized) and Clay’s thoughts as he listens to her words, which illuminate betrayals and secrets that demonstrate the consequences of even small actions. Hannah, herself, is not free from guilt, her own inaction having played    a part in   an accidental auto death and a rape.

This books grabs a hold of you from beginning to end. The way Hannah tells her story constantly leaves you wanting more. I especially like how it’s not just her blaming everyone else for her death, but also shows how she herself betrayed who she once was. – Brittany, Teen Clerk

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

I thought this book’s cover was intriguing then I started reading and fell in love even more. The book is fast paced throughout the whole story. This is a plus for readers like me who tend to lose interest when a book loses its steam. And I really enjoyed all the interesting and somewhat disturbing photographs that were included. It makes the reader all the more attached to the story, almost as if you’re living it.   – Brittany , Teen Clerk