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Thirteen Reasons Why

Teen Suicide

Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He attended Cuesta College right after graduating from high school. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. At this point in his life, he had decided he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, such as a salesman in a shoe store, libraries, and bookstores. Many of his work experiences had an impact on some of his writing. He has published only one book to date, Thirteen Reasons Why, which was published in October 2007..

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Books such as Paperweight by Meg Haston, and By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters, relate to the focus text by events and causes. Another example is the song If I Die Young by The Band Perry.

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The Virgin Suicides is a movie made in 1999. It is about a group of boys who are obsessed with five sisters who live with strict, religous parents. Their story shocks their town, and is questioned for years following their deaths.

Suicide is not a subject that is talked about often, but recently it has gained more coverage. Many people see suicide as a selfish way to avoid life problems, but for some people it seems like the only way to be happy. High school is a challenging time for many students, and they need to realize that there are people there to help them with their struggles.


The Virgin Suicides

This novel is about a boy named Clay Jenson. He recieves a box of cassette tapes, and soon realizes they are from a girl who has recently commited suicide. The girls name is Hannah Baker, and she explains that each tape represents a person who influenced her life decision. The story jumps back and forth between Hannah and Clay's thoughts and actions. This book makes you realize how our actions can affect other people.

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