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Our mission at Book Roots is to connect teens with books by listening to what they like and helping them find the book that will turn them on to reading forever. For me, this happened in the forth grade, when my teacher (Mrs. Castles) gave me Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. I finished the book, sobbing, on a family road trip, in the back of my parents’ car. In that moment, all I could think was, “Wow. This is what books can do.” And I have been chasing that feeling ever since.
The unfortunate thing is, not everyone has had that experience…yet. But I believe we can make it happen, by asking, listening, and bringing a lot of books. So, that’s what we do.
To take this idea to an even wider audience, we’re going to post reviews and teasers for books recommended by teens to teens. Some of these will be written by teenagers and some of them will be written by us, but all of them will be aimed at helping teens find books that speak to them in some way or another.
Our first teen2teen book teaser is written by Juan Pablo, 8th grade.
Thirteen Reasons Why, By Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why is a shaking, deep type of book that makes the reader reflect on many aspects of life while- and after- reading the story. Taking place in a small town, Clay is mailed a set of tapes recorded by Hannah Baker- a somewhat moody and distant fellow student in his high school who died a few weeks back. Skeptical at first, Clay listens to these haunting tapes, taking the will and sound of Hannah Baker’s voice around in his ears and pocket while he travels through his home and neighborhoods, looking at everything he’s known from the fresh perspective of a girl who committed suicide. As he listens to Hannah share her story with him, he begins to learn the reason for her decision and death- putting together a puzzle. Once he solves this puzzle, will he be able to return to the calm and oblivious life he once had?