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Jay Asher versucht in seinem Debütroman, das Leben der jungen Hannah Baker Revue passieren zu lassen. Denn Hannah hat Selbstmord begangen. Hannah hat 13 Gründe, warum sie sich ihr Leben genommen hat. Genauer gesagt waren es 13 Personen, denen sie die Schuld gibt. Diesen 13 Personen bekommen nacheinander eine Box mit 13 Kassetten, jede Kassette ist einer Person gewidmet. Hannah erwartet, dass jede Person die Kassetten anhört und sie dann der nächsten Person weiterschickt.
Das Buch war wirklich gut geschrieben und die Geschwindigkeit der Erzählung ist genau richtig, um einen Spannungsbogen aufzubauen. Erzählt wird Hannahs verquerer Abschiedsbrief aus der Perspektive von Clay, der gar keine Ahnung hat, warum er diese Kassetten bekommen hat. Nach und nach erfährt der Leser durch Clay, was alles mit Hannah geschah, dass sie keinen Ausweg mehr sah.
Die Personen auf den Kassetten, sind größtenteils Menschen, die Hannah schlecht behandelt haben und ihr Unrecht getan haben. Wie fast jeder Teenager erlebt sie erniedrigende Momente in ihrer Schulzeit. Und genau das ist auch das größte Problem des Buches. Es sind Dinge, die fast jedem Schüler auf der High School passieren. Die Schule ist nicht immer ein netter Ort und andere Mitschüler können grausam sein. Hannahs Emotionen gingen aber einfach nicht tief genug um Selbstmord als letzten Ausweg zu sehen. Das Buch soll gegen Bullying sprechen, was meiner Meinung auch wirklich gut gelingt, doch die Gründe, warum sich Hannah umbringt, waren für mich einfach nicht plausibel genug.
Es fehlt die tiefe Verzweiflung in Hannahs Stimme. Sie wirkt mehr als ein wütender Teenager, der nicht genug Aufmerksamkeit bekommt und dessen Freunde gemein zu ihm waren. Versteht mich nicht falsch, was Hannah passiert ist grausam, es ist schmerzhaft, aber wenn die Schule endet wird diese Schmerz langsam vergehen. Mit ihren Kassetten bringt sie jedem der 13 Personen, die die Kassetten anhören, schmerzhafte Erfahrungen. Vor allem Clay, der Hannah nichts Gemeines angetan hat, leidet unter ihren Geständnissen und dieses Leiden hat er wirklich nicht verdient.
Das Buch ist einfach nicht realistisch genug, was ich mir aber genau bei einem so ernsthaften Thema wie Selbstmord erwartet hätte. Die Tatsache, dass keiner die Anzeichen erkannt hatte, für Hannahs Selbstmord ist einfach unglaubwürdig. Vor allem da sie genau dieses Thema in der Schule durchmachen. Dass also Niemand in Hannahs Umfeld bemerkt haben sollte, dass sie langsam abrutschte in dunkle Gedanken, kann ich einfach nicht glauben. Und die Dinge die sie auf den Tapes erzählt, manches davon ist strafbar. Dass also keiner der Teens, die die Kassetten bekommen, diese an jemand anderen weiterleitet ist ebenso kaum zu glauben.
Alles in allem was 13 Reasons why in Ordnung. Die Hauptperson, Hannah war mir leider absolute unsympathisch. Sie zeigt außerdem keine andere Emotion außer Frustration und Wut. Ich habe mir einfach ein Buch erwartet, dass tiefer geht, 13 Reasons why, kratzt leider nur an der Oberfläche, bei einem Thema das man viel genauer betrachten sollte. Das Buch soll übrigens verfilmt werden, mit Selena Gomez in als Hannah.
Hannahs Taps kann man hier hören.
So Hannah Baker killed herself and is sending everyone who she thinks is responsible for her suicide evil tap messages. I just don’t get why Hannah killed herself. Some shitty things happen to her but that’s high school a being a teenager. It’s not easy. Don’t get me wrong, I do not mean that these are not thing to get upset about. But I just did not feel as if Hannah was really depressed. She was more like an angry girl that realized not everything goes like she wants it to. Maybe that’s too harsh but Hannah was annoying. High School ends and you can start over. The things that happened to her did not seem like reasons for suicide. I did like the idea of the book. Letting a dead character recall her story was chilling and also the audio files on the webpage of this book were a great addition. But I just could not understand Hannah and her actions. What did you think? Did you like the book?
Clay Jannon is living in San Francisco in the time of a great Recession and he is desperately searching for a job. On his job hunt he finds a 24-hour bookstore where a help wanted sign is hanging in the window. Clay is a tech geek but finds the idea of working in a bookstore interesting so he asks the owner about the job. Mr. Penumbra, the owner of the bookstore tells Clay that he is hired if he is curios enough, can work a ladder and does not mind working at night. So Clay winds up being the night clerk at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore. Clay soon learns that this store and its customers are weird. There is a whole section of peculiar books that Clay is forbidden to read. Clay soon gets really curious and wants to unravel Penumbras secrets. He discovers that there is more to the bookstore than meets the eye. The store is a front for something bigger. He has some wild theories and with the help of his friends he embarks on a journey to find the truth behind Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore.
A lot of my friends on Goodreads loved this book and many of them recommended it to me. I hoped that I would love it as much as they did but unfortunately this was not the case. It was an interesting book and I wanted to know how it ends but I was in no way invested in the story are liked the characters. For me this book seemed like a conglomerate of things I already read. It also reminded me a lot of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. But where Cline had me on the edge of my seat Robin Sloan’s Story about a bookstore and its mysteries were just some nice story. It is not a book I will remember. The characters felt flat for me and the whole book felt very much like a YA novel. There was hardly any world building and if you follow my blog you know that I always wish there was more world building in books. Clay is a one dimensional character and all the other characters are just here to play his sidekicks. Typical YA! His friends are conveniently rich or work at Google so Clay has no problem of financing his journey. For me this book felt too unrealistic. I know that it should be a magical story but it was just so convenient. Clay needs a book scanner that only Google has? Well his girlfriend works at Google. Clay needs to fly to New York to search for clues? No problem his childhood friend is rich.
Maybe you have to be a designer or typographer to appreciate this book. There was a lot about fonts and designs here. I liked the idea of debating e-books vs. physical books in this really unusual setting. But it was way too much. There was so much advertising about Google and Amazon that I just could not take it. The book also got so obsessed with technical details that I trailed off. It was sometimes hard to follow because the plot got neglected. I liked the story but it got overshadowed with the things I criticised. It was a quick read and had nice ideas but for me it was nothing special. Did you like the book? If so, maybe you can share with me what you liked about it?
I’m hosting a Harry Potter Readalong this year with Melissa from Melissa reads books. This Readalong will work like this: We read one Harry Potter book each month, starting with January. So in July we will read the last book in the series. We discuss the books in our Goodreads groupe and also on Twitter with the hashtag #HPreadalong2015.
Everybody can join us. Maybe you want to re-read the book like Melissa and myself or you want to read the books for the first time? Join us! You can also just read one or a few books with us if you like. We always love to meet new people that are reading and loving Harry Potter. We will also watch the movies at the end of each month.
1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their site.
2. Post the award’s logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions you’ve been asked.
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers.
5. Set 10 new questions for your nominees.
I was nominated by Alyssa at PucksandPaperbacks . Go check her out, she’s awesome!
- Name one of your blogging or reading resolutions.
I want to read 100 books and I want to finish all my started series. I also want to listen to more audio books and I want to re-read all the Harry Potter Books. And I want to read a few classics but I already feel like this will not be happening.
- Do you use the Yearly Goodreads Reading Challenge? If so, did you accomplish it in 2014?
Yes I did. It was my first Goodreads Reading Challenge in 2014. I only started reading a lot in July 2014. I always loved to read but last summer I decided to spend more time reading and it was one of the best decisions in my life. I set my first Goodreads Reading Challenge to 50 books and ended up reading 71 books. So I feel confident to read 100 books this year. At this point I already finished 16 books which I think is not to bad.
- What was your anticipated book of 2014? Did you get to read it?
I’m not quite sure because I just started reading more new releases but I think my most anticipated book in 2014 was City of heavenly fire by Cassandra Clare. I read it in August when I was on vacation and I loved it. For me it is the best book in The Mortal Instruments Series.
- What was your anticipated movie of 2014?
My most anticipated movie of 2014 was Gone Girl and it was also my favorite movie last year. I hated the book but as soon as I heard David Fincher was directing the movie and Ben Affleck plays the lead role I was so excited. I can’t wait to get this movie on Blu-Ray.
- Name three anticipated book releases for 2015.
I’m really excited to get my hands on A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig and The Merciless by Danielle Vega because this book is not yet released in here in Austria.
- What book are you currently reading?
I’m reading Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. This is the second book in The Darkest Minds trilogy.
- What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I love to talk about movies, TV series and books with other people and I love to mett people all over the world and get a glimpse at their life. I’m always very happy to meet new people that have the same passion as I do and I love to chat with all of you.
- What is your favorite tv-show at the moment?
At the moment it is Parenthood because this is the last season. There are only 2 episodes left and I just love this show. It is so emotional but beautiful at the same time and the drama is never exaggerated.
- Who is your bookish OTP?
Well if you follow my blog you know that it is Juliette and Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I loved this books and I love Juliette and Warner as a couple.
- Book you recommend to everyone?
It’s so hard to pick a book that everyone will like. But I think Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a book that I pushed on nearly all my friends so I go with this one. If you like the 80’s and video games I think you will enjoy this book.
- How many books do you have on your TBR pile?
- Do you have book buying resolutions for 2015?
- What are you currently reading?
- What was your favorite movie of 2014?
- What is your most anticipated movie of 2015?
- What is your most anticipated book of 2015?
- Do you read one book at a time or do you read more books?
- What is your favorite book series (besides Harry Potter)?
- Which to fictional characters do you ship the most?
- What was your favorite book of 2014?
- Sophie fromNerd(ish) Reader
- Nicole fromThe Bibliophlie Chronicles
- Jiix fromJiixBook
- Katie from Intothebookcase
- Beverly from BeverlyBean
I did only nominate 5 people but check them out, they are all great bloggers!
I love TV Series and I love to watch the good ones over and over. But let me say that these are just my favourite TV Series and there are a lot of other great shows. So here are my Top 5 TV Series of all time:
I loved Everwood from the first episode until the last one. It was a great family show and I was so happy with the ending. Amy and Ephrain are a great couple. Everwood is a show that I can watch over and over again. If you like family drama you should check it out.
# 4: Big Love
This HBO Show is not as popular as the other series on that list. It was one of the first HBO shows I watched and I love it still. Big Love shows the family life of polygamist Bill (Bill Paxton) who has to keep his three wifes a secret. The series gets very dramatic at the end but I still love it.
Not all of you will know Friday Night Lights. It is a family drama about the Town Dillon in Texas and how the high school fottball team affects the town as a whole. It is about love, friendship, family and sports. This show has the most realistic marriage ever shown on TV, this show has Mr. & Mrs Coach.
Loreilai and Rory are one of the most charming mother-daughter duos in television history. I want to live in Stars Hollow with them because they are so adorable. Every few years I re-watch all 7 season because this show is just so good.
There is only one Tree Hill. That is exactly right and there is only one TV show that made me cry and laugh as One Tree Hill. The characters are great; the story is always interesting and never boring. Also there are a lot of car crashes.
I love to read book series because you can spen so much time with the story and the characters. You realy get to know them. So I will list below all the series I want to finish and the one I want to start in 2015. Tell me in the comments below which series you want to start or finish.
Series I want to finish in 2015:
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
- Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Starbound Series by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
- Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver
- The Selection by Kiera Cass
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Series I want to start in 2015:
- The Lunar Cronicles by Marissa Meyer
- The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Archived by Victoria Schwab
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
- Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rohdes
- Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
- Angelfall by Susan Ee
- Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
- A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
- Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
- Remnant Cronicles by Mary E. Pearson
- Control by Lydia Kang
- Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han
- Legend by Marie Lu
- Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
- Pushing the Limits by Katie MyGarry
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Book-to-movie adaptations are trending right now. Especially YA novels tend to get made into movies more and more. So here are my most anticipated book-to-movie adaptations (in the order of their release) for 2015:
The DUFF based on the book by the same name by Kody Keplinger is coming into US theatres in early 2015. It follows Bianca who is called The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by a charming guy at a party. This guy seems to be a man-slut and Bianca throws herself into a kind of enemies-with-benefits relationship with this guy because things at home are not that great for Bianca.
Not that I am a fan of these books, as a matter of fact I really hated them but I am curious how this books will be transformed on the big screen and how the whole hype will pick up when there is a movie. His film should also come out early this year, on Valentine’s Day. I will watch it just for the opportunity to make fun of it later.
Insurgent is the second movie in the Divergent franchise, based on the books by Veronica Roth. There is a trailer for this adaption because it will hit theatres in March. There was a lot of talk about the trailer because it does feel like your average action movie and they changed a lot from the books. I think these changes are good thing, considering how bad the last book is. Also I loved the trailer and can’t wait to see Shailene Woodley in action again.
This movie based on a John Green book just wrapped up filming. It should hit theatres in the summer and stars Nat Wolff as Q and Cara Delevingne as Margo. We already know Nat Wolff in the role of Isaac in The Fault in our Stars. I can’t wait for this movie because it based of one of my favourite contemporary YA books.
This may be the biggest YA movie event in 2015. The Hunger Games are ending their franchise (hopefully ending it) with Mockingjay Part 2. I really hope they stay close to the book because after reading it a second time I realized that it is truly amazing. Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster.