I was going to save this for tomorrow, to give myself some more time to think, but I can't wait that long. When I first read Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher (add on Goodreads | Book Website) in 2008, I was 11 and noticing that middle school was getting worse. I can't remember how I started reading: if I found it in the library or if it was recommended to me. And if it was recommended to me, I can't remember if it was my cousins who recommended The Golden Compass and The Giver or one of the librarians.
The book hit me hard. Not because I was bullied, or because I was suicidal (then), but because I knew someone who was bullied as much though differently as Hannah Baker was. I know Asher's book is set in high school, and I've heard more and more people tell me about the horrors of high school, but for me... middle school is where the horrors lie, though it makes sense that those would last into high school (and even college, according to some people). I'll say it: adolescents can be mean as shit and it's obvious these behaviors don't get eradicated in middle school when parents of bullies refuse to believe their child is a problem, schools look the other way, and our society breeds (cyber)bullying, slut-shaming, and rape culture.
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I really loved this book. It's honestly my favorite of the series so far. I just loved seeing Noelle and Jim antagonize each other for the previous books as their employees worked and then inevitably paired up together. And now it's finally their turn to get the spotlight.
Ethan and Juliet were such a good couple. The plot, and all the subplots made me super eager to continue reading their story. Who doesn't love a good political thriller? Juliet's mission is so urgent and engaging, and Ethan's personal story, and the way he insists on helping her is awesome.
I love Isabel. She was so good in the two previous novels. She's intelligent, sassy, and just so cool I wish I knew her in person. Trevor is a complicated character who made an impression in Midnight Rescue, and I'm glad to finally see him getting his due.
Okay, I'm going to say the positive stuff first: I loved Luke and the plot was interesting. He's such a good character: he's smart, skilled at his job, and a sexy gentleman. He's an all-around great guy, basically a perfect dream-guy. It's such a shame he's always cleaning up Olivia's messes.
I really enjoyed this story. Abby is one kickass woman who is smart, ruthless, and a heart of gold. Kane is just awesome. He's a good man, is super skilled at his job, and is sexy as hell.
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