Saturday, August 22, 2009
Book Giveaway! (episode two)
Okay, I'm impatient, so I'm going to start the next givewaway now. :) (No worries--Since I'm starting it over the weekend when most people are probably still asleep, I'll be sure to link to it again later this week.)
This week, up for grabs is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
My (brief) review:
This book is, simply put, amazing. I couldn't put it down; even when I needed a break from Hannah's pain, I kept turning the pages. The story moves at breakneck pace, and Jay Asher is genius at cliffhanger chapters. Clay, the MC, is a smart, relatable guy who doesn't bring a lot of his own baggage to the table, a perfect conduit for Hannah's story. He's also very honest with the reader, never hiding his emotions or his feelings. When I got to his tape, I cried. Those who shy away from books like this shouldn't, because underneath Hannah's story lies something bigger, something that left me with a hopeful smile. If you haven't read this book yet, you must. Odds are, it will change you forever.
Want to enter? Here's 13 ways how:
+1 Leave a comment on this post. If you don't have a blogger profile, be sure to leave an email address, too, or I won't be able to contact you.
+4 if you already follow/subscribe to my blog
+2 for becoming a follower/subscriber to my blog
+2 for posting a link to this contest somewhere on the Internet (sidebar, Myspace, Twitter, etc.)--be sure to leave me a link here if you post one.
+4 for posting an actual blog about this giveaway--leave me the link.
+2 for reading and commenting on one of Jay's blog posts (again, leave me a link).
+2 for posting a little blurb from (one of) the best/worst nights of your teen years.
+1 for telling me your favorite song/movie/book of the moment.
+1 for telling me the book you can't wait to read.
+1 for telling me why you can't wait to read 13 Reasons Why.
+1 for letting me know who referred you.
+1 for every person who says you referred them here.
+2 for telling me something you regret doing or wish you would have done.
+1 for telling me something random about you.
There. I think that's 13.
US and Canada residents only. Sorry! My bills this month have been ginormous!
September 4*** at midnight, central time.
***EDIT: So ... I got a little overzealous and ended the contest after 1 week instead of 2 (on August 29 instead of September 4). I certainly can't take it away from the winner (congrats, Ashley!), but I will make the next contest extra special. Promise!