Today in YA History: October 18, 2007 – ’13 Reasons Why’ published!

October 18, 2007: “Th1rteen R3asons Why” by Jay Asher is published with Razorbill. The story illustrates how even little things can have a big impact on others.

From GoodReads:

    Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

    On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Written from both Clay and Hannah’s perspective, 13RW has received numerous awards (including Borders Original Voices finalist, Top 10 Best for Teens at B&N, and Kirkus Reviews Editors Choice), was a NY Times Best Seller for 57 weeks, and has been published in more than 25 countries. It is also “used as summer reading for students entering high school in some schools, due to its realistic themes and powerful messages.”

But there is a lot more to 13RW than just the book! You can check out the 13WR Project at 13RWProject.com (launched May 2011) where fans send in their reviews and experiences as stories, photos, and videos.

And on February 8, 2011 it was announced that the book is being developed into a movie with Universal Studios. Selena Gomez (Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place) has been cast as Hannah, while rumors still swirl on who will be cast as Clay: Logan Lerman or Taylor Lautner! Neither young actor is a stranger to book-to-movie adaptations: Lerman plays the main roles in the Percy Jackson movies and set to play Charlie in the book-to-movie adaptation of Perks of Being A Wallflower, while Lautner is werewolf Jacob Black in the Twilight series!

In the meantime while the casting continues, pop into your local Independent bookstore, and pick up “13 Reasons Why” today!

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