This weekend I hosted our very first book club. We read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. We drank wine. We ate carbs. We spent three hours discussing the book and relating it to our lives. It was beautiful.
As a reminder: Thirteen Reasons Why is about a teenage boy who receives a package with thirteen cassette tapes in them detailing why one of his classmates committed suicide. They are essentially blame tapes and each person involved must hear the entire build up to her death and then live with one another with the knowledge that certain other classmates may have committed crimes they might not have the guts to report. It is an interesting read that, time allowed, shouldn’t take more than five hours to complete.
You should read this book because it will make you feel. It might make you look at your life and your actions, both past and present, and make you realize how some things lead to other things and how sometimes they’re not good.
We pulled up a discussion sheet off the internet and went through them in detail.
We discussed suicide and friendship and how heartbreak and betrayal and different and we pointed out weaknesses and strengths in one another that led to other realizations.
I am incredibly proud of us.