Monday, June 5, 2017

So You've Read 13 Reasons Why. Now What?

So you've read 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. And you've been loyally following the Netflix series based on the book. Maybe you've even discussed one (or both) at school.

So now what? Here are some choices:

Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver: Here's another to read before you watch the movie. Pretty and popular Samantha must relive the last day of her life in order to get it right. She may not be able to save her own life, but perhaps she can save that of a troubled classmate.

Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson: Lia, who has been battling severe eating disorders for the past several years, learns her former best friend has been found dead, possibly from a suicide. The worst part? Cassie called Lia several times before ending her own life. Haunted by guilt, Lia copes by descending deeper into her own illness.

If I Stay, by Gail Forman: Mia is in a coma, the only surviver of a car crash that killed the rest of her family. As doctors fight to save her life and her boyfriend waits by her bedside, Mia must decide: Does she really want to return to her life? Or should she join her family in death?

We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart: Something beyond awful happened to Cady when she was only 15. Now 17, she battles crippling migranes and severe amnesia...all because of what happened/was done to her (she isn't sure which it is). With the help of her cousins and crush, Cady struggles to recall the events of that fateful night and, hopefully, finally begin healing.

Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky: Through a series of letters, this tells the story of Charlie's Freshman year and his struggles to make friends and overcome a childhood of abuse and the death of a family member. This one also inspired a movie some years back (starring Emma Watson of Harry Potter/Beauty and the Beast fame), but read the book first.

All The Truth That's In Me, by Julie Berry: Four years ago, Judith and Lottie were kidnapped. When Judith escapes and returns to her small, close-knit village, she is unable to speak. She must find a way to communicate the identity of her abductor before he strikes again. Or before something even worse happens. 

Hate List, by Jennifer Brown: Val's boyfriend, Nick, brought a gun to school and opened fire, killing several people before turnining the gun on himself. Val feels partly responsible for what happened because of the "Hate List" (a list of all the students and teachers who they feel wronged them) she and Nick compiled, the very list Nick used to target his victims. Not only must Val deal with  the authorities questioning her and her classmates shunning her. She must also cope with her own guilt.

Need help finding a book? Just ask a librarian!

We're here to make sure you fulfill all your reading needs! --AJB

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