Young Adult Lit/Crit

April 2, 2008

At the top of my list

Filed under: "13 Reasons Why" — kariredmond @ 8:26 pm

This novel was one of the first “real” YA lit books that I picked up in preparation for this course, and boy was I introduced to the genre with it’s captivating story line.  I literally could not put it down… I walked around with my nose in the book bumping into things so I didn’t have to miss a word. 

Not only did it spark my interest into my seminar topic, but it also made me think more about Corey Craig. I have (a couple times now) included a post standard series about her death and the work her parents are doing to help others, but I will post it again.  I think it is important for everyone to have some background since Karen has so graciously invited her parents to attend our class discussion on this novel.  This link also has a link to an article written by one of her classmates that is really touching and tells readers how the Craigs would go to Bishop Ludden to console the friends of their daughter. Where did they find this strength to help others? I cannot wait to meet these courageous people and get their opinions on this novel.

Have you guys started it yet? What do you think? Does it accurately portray the depressed teenager’s experience? If you saw hannah baker in the hallway would you have thought twice about her mental/emotional state? Do you think it was selfish that she sent these tapes or do you think that it was a final attempt for her to gain justice and/or peace of mind?




  1. Oh, Kari, thanks for posting the link to the POST story. You’re getting ahead of some of us readers no doubt–we’ll have to catch up! I’m re-reading STORY OF A GIRL right now.

    How did you like the play? I hoped folks would post about it tonight!! Thinking about you all at the theater today!!

    And I look forward to your continued comments on the readings for this week. KES

    Comment by sunyprof — April 2, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

  2. Kari,
    Thank you for posting the link to this story. It is amazing that these parents can be so willing and helpful to others while having so much to deal with everyday. Teenage suicide and depression are such serious and imporant topics to deal with. It’s something that we have to constantly be aware of with our students, and the more information people are armed with, hopefully the more kids that will be helped.

    I have read 13 Reasons Why and found it pretty powerful. I’m really thinking about the question you asked, if we would be concerned about Hannah if we saw her in the hallway. I keep wondering if I would be. What is really scary is that even when you are aware of warning signs, etc, not everyone follows this pattern. I’m not sure how I feel about Hannah sending those tapes. I will be interested in talking more about this!

    Comment by katefrazer — April 3, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  3. Kari,

    I also want to thank you for posting this link. I remember reading about Corey, but it was important for me to go back and read her story again.


    Comment by Joyce — April 4, 2008 @ 10:05 am

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