1. Clay Jensen comes home from school one day to find a brown bag filled with cassette tapes recorded by his crush, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
2. The tapes explain the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her young life.
3. Clay is one of the reasons.
6. The audio book features the narrator's voice and a separate voice for Hannah's tapes, so it feels like you're listening along with Clay.
7. You can follow along with the story through the interactive map on the book's website.
8. Even without the audio or the map, you are so quickly drawn into the story and it is so vivid and real in your head that you can't put it down.
9. The novel is former bookseller and library staffer Jay Asher's debut novel. And it's YA!
10. Jay Asher will respond to your book discussion group's questions...via cassette tape.
11. Word of mouth has grown the audience of the novel so much since it's 2007 release that for the past two weeks it has been the #3 bestselling chapter book on the New York Times rankings!
12. And speaking of NYT...it was written up (albeit years after publication) in The New York Times.
13. Do you really need another reason? Just read it already! I promise you won't be disappointed.