Thursday, 3 October 2013

Fab fiction Thursday #2: 'Thirteen Reasons Why'

Evening my lovelies! Today I'm back with the second post in my 'Fab Fiction Thursday' series! A lot of you asked me what my all time favourite book is so today I thought that I would introduce you to the-best-book-in-the-entire-world. 

Every so often you find a book that changes your life. It changes the way you see things, everyday occurrences that you never batted an eye at before. For me, that book was 'Thirteen Reasons Why' by Jay Asher. I don't think I will come across such a devastatingly honest and poignant novel for a long, long time that lives up to the true emotional honestly of this novel.

Here's a little plot summary so you can start to get an idea of where I'm coming from:

"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."

Yes, it is a heavy going topic. But I can also say Asher dealt with it faultlessly from the first word. Suicide and depression are two topics that are more common than you think, and this book makes you really does make you think. It makes you consider every single action you make, whether this be smiling at a stranger, or telling somebody they look nice. Throughout the novel one message is constant; we are so often consumed by our own lives that we are often unaware of what other people are going through – even those close to us. As cheesy as it sounds-smile in passing could brighten that persons day.

Page after page this book tugs at your heart, and with every new page you experience a new emotion. I think a quote from the infamous book, 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' is relevant here; "Sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book". With every new page I found myself sitting in Clay's shoes, and I was overwhelmed by the emotional rollercoaster he experienced.

I could not put this book down. It stayed tightly grasped in my hand until I'd finished it, which was about 3 hours later. My eyes hurt but I felt almost 'complete' after finishing it. If I could sum this book up in a sentence it would be; emotionally draining but captivating. I simply sat and stared into space for a good five minutes, just thinking, numbed by the beauty of the words Asher had used. 

But apart from everything else, this book has such a valuable moral to it. Mental health is not an issue to be overlooked. Depression and suicide are so much more common than you would believe, and just putting in that little extra effort by smiling at someone, or telling somebody they look nice, could really help that person. Because people suffering with mental illness' are not always obvious. You could be sitting next to somebody right now who feels alone and like the world is against them. So go on, start a conversation, and just let them know that they are not alone. 

Much love, Lauryn x

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