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Tote Mädchen lügen nicht by Jay Asher Review

Title: Tote Mädchen lügen nicht

Author: Jay Asher

First published October 18, 2007

288 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9783570160206 (ISBN10: 3570160203)

Rating: 3.86

Overview

Lena hat es satt, das Mädchen zu sein, das immer nur belächelt wird. Doch als sie beschließt, ihr Leben zu ändern, führt es sie auf einen dunklen Pfad.

Ein packender Roman, der unter die Haut geht, wie kaum ein anderer – denn tote Mädchen lügen nicht… Als Tim aus der Schule nach Hause kommt, findet er ein Päckchen mit Kassetten vor.

Er legt die erste in einen alten Kassettenrekorder, drückt auf “Play” – und hört die Stimme von Lena. Lena, seine ehemalige Mitschülerin.

Lena, die vor einigen Wochen verschwunden ist. Mit ihrer Stimme im Ohr begibt sich Tim auf eine Reise in die Vergangenheit, und was er hört, lässt ihm den Atem stocken.

Dreizehn Gründe sind es, die zu ihrem Verschwinden geführt haben, dreizehn Personen, die daran beteiligt waren. Tim ist einer davon…

About the Author

On September 30, 1975, Jay Asher was born and raised in Arcadia, California. He had a supportive family who encouraged him to explore his interests, including writing and playing the guitar.

After graduating from high school, he attended Cuesta College where he wrote two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. Although he initially planned to become an elementary school teacher, he eventually transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo to pursue a career as a writer.

Throughout his life, Asher has held various jobs, including working as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. These experiences have influenced his writing in many ways.

Asher has published one book so far, called “Thirteen Reasons Why,” which came out in October 2007. He’s currently working on his second Young Adult novel, and he’s also written several picture books and screenplays.

“Thirteen Reasons Why” has won multiple awards and has received five stars from Teen Book Review. It’s also received high praise from other authors, such as Ellen Hopkins, Chris Crutcher, and Gordon Kormon.

Editoral Review

Tote Mädchen lügen nicht, or Thirteen Reasons Why in its English translation, is a heart-wrenching, coming-of-age novel by Jay Asher. First published in October 2007, the book has since been adapted into a hit Netflix series and has become a staple of Young Adult literature.

Asher’s style is poignant and immersive, engaging readers as they follow the story of Clay Jensen, a high school student who receives a package in the mail from his deceased classmate and crush, Hannah Baker. When Clay opens the package, he discovers cassette tapes, each containing one of Hannah’s thirteen reasons why she chose to end her life.

As Clay listens to Hannah’s story, he grapples with both his own guilt and the larger issues of bullying, slut-shaming, and suicide that plague his community. Asher’s writing grapples with complex themes, pulling no punches as he confronts the difficult realities of teenage life.

In addition to depicting difficult social issues, the novel explores the nuances of mental health, empathy, and the consequences of our actions. Asher’s character development is skillful and effective, with both Hannah and Clay being fully fleshed out, multidimensional individuals that the reader can connect with.

The plot of Tote Mädchen lügen nicht is both gripping and devastating, with Asher masterfully weaving the different threads of the story together. The setting, while not overly descriptive or flowery, is evocative and serves its purpose well.

However, some readers may find the pacing of the story to be a bit slow in some parts, particularly when Hannah is not present in the narrative. While Tote Mädchen lügen nicht is a work of fiction, it is an important book that has had a real-world impact.

It has sparked conversations about mental health, suicide prevention, and the importance of empathy and understanding. As such, it is important to note that the book may be triggering for some readers and should be approached with care.

Overall, Tote Mädchen lügen nicht is a poignant and timely work that will resonate with readers long after the final page has been turned. While it is not a light read, it is an important one, and I believe that it has the power to change lives.

I recommend this book to young adult readers and anyone struggling with issues of mental health or peer pressure.

4 out of 5 Stars.

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