Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher | Teens |
ISBN: 9783125780446 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winglinguistkriswing of Remscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on 10/30/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by winglinguistkriswing from Remscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Für die Nachhilfe.

Journal Entry 2 by winglinguistkriswing at Remscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Meh. I really don't get the hype about this book. Like, not at all.
I only half watched the Netflix series last year (i.e. went in and out of the room while my significant other watched it), and at the end of it, we were both immensely annoyed (with my opinion probably not being as fair, because I might not have seen some parts that could have swayed my judgment). But after reading the book, I am fairly sure that I didn't miss all that much, and I am even more annoyed. While there are significant differences between the novel and the screen adaptation, they mostly concern the timing and some peripheral characters. The main plot and the protagonists are much the same, and so I found them equally exasperating.
What kind of "saved" the whole experience for me: The tutoring kids felt much the same. I half expected the "target audience" to identify more with the high school story and especially Hannah's predicament, but it appears that teenagers can be just as dissatisfied with the whole thing (both book and series) as I was.
What with the passivity, what with the passive agressive revenge move, what with the expecting everybody to be able to read your mind!!! It's true that youths are legendarily self-absorbed (and organically forced to be so by their rapidly transforming brain structure), but this cannot explain or excuse half of what happens in this story. I don't think I've ever read anything that made me less afraid of a Werther effect than this -- I cannot think of anybody who would find this route of action appealing. And while this book isn't poorly written or not about a very important subject, I find its tone and message deeply annoying, and what's more, infuriating. It's one of those stories where I constantly wanted to yell at almost all protagonists, and that is just not how I want to spend my time.
I don't mean to excuse or even glorify victim-blaming, but I found it almost impossible to sympathise with Hannah when she wallows in live's little (and bigger) injustices instead of doing what "growing up" inevitably means: Learning to cope. And so, as a coming-of-age story, this has ultimately failed for me, because coping mechanisms are not part of the formula, having been replaced with cheap drama.

Journal Entry 3 by winglinguistkriswing at La Piazza in Mettmann, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Sunday, January 20, 2019

Released 1 mo ago (1/20/2019 UTC) at La Piazza in Mettmann, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany

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Journal Entry 4 by wingJoschi-Mickywing at Solingen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, January 22, 2019
I took this book for Bookcrossing Convention in Mainz this April.
Maybe, I will read it, but I not even understand lingusikris journal :-(, so I am not sure, if I will understand the book? On the other Hand it sounds interessting and I did Level B2 classes in English. Well, I will see, if I read it or not.

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