by APOORVA KETHIDI Staff Writer
Monroe Township High School hosted its 10th annual One Book Read on Wednesday, February 26. This year’s chosen book was “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher.
One Book Read is when a book is selected, based on a specific set of criteria, for students, teachers and even parents to read. They all gather together and discuss ideas about the chosen literary work.
Over the years, books that either relate to real-life issues or contain great literary syntax were chosen to be the book of the year. For example, last year’s book , “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, a story about cancer, went with the topic of real-life issues. “Thirteen Reasons Why” is similar and also follows real-life problems teens face.
The novel follows the life of Clay Jensen and Hannah Baker, his crush before she committed suicide. Clay discovers 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah that hold the reasons why she decided to end her life.
In the novel, Asher uses dual narratives – Clay and Hannah’s – to “weave an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation.” Themes such as death, betrayal and love are all expressed through Asher’s writing.
“I actually read ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ a few years ago, and to have finally had a chance to discuss the book with others was very exciting,” said freshman Sheila King.
This event not only allowed people to discuss the chosen book, but to come together as a community. Since it was open to individuals outside of the school, it was a chance for them to meet with one another and get to know others in their community.
Freshmen Aniya Muhammad said, “My mother and I were both very interested in going to the One Book Read. We enjoyed discuss the book with other people and he hope to go again next year.”
The One Book Read was held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the MTHS media center.
Did you attend the One Book Read? What did you think? Will you attend next year?