This past year I haven't read many books to be honest. But there are three of those which have etched their story line into my head and have made me think about life. It may sound as if these books are some kind of deep philosophical stories, but in reality they are teen fiction, well-written teen fiction to be exact.
Without any further ado, here are the most amazing books I have come across up until now.
Thirteen Reasons Why revolves around Clay Jensen, a high-school student who has received a packet full of tapes from a girl named Hannah Baker. Hannah Baker sent out this packet to the 13 people responsible for her decision to commit suicide. Throughout the book Hannah's voice on the cassettes narrates thirteen stories/encounters she had with each of the thirteen people she sent the packet to.
Each time one of them has finished the whole set of tapes, they must send it to the next person that has come after their story or else the tapes will go public with the help of an unknown person and destroy many reputations.
This books makes you appreciate the fact that everything can have a ripple effect and can affect someone's life without meaning to.
2) Before I Fall (by Lauren Oliver)
Before I Fall's protagonist is the 17 year-old Samantha Kingston who has died in a car accident. She relives her last day over and over again until she comes to peace with everything that has happened. She remembers vividly what has happened to her, and can still change the events that lead to her death. Every morning she has to relive the same day even if she does not die in those replays of her life.
This books gives you another perspective at life and makes you notice the little things that make life great.
3) The Fault in Our Stars (by John Green)
This is a very popular book, and also the author is well known for his work in the teen fiction department. The book narrates of the life of teens with cancer, from the viewing point of Hazel, a teen that has very weak lungs and has to carry an oxygen tank with her, which she has named Phillip. Everything starts at a Support Group session when she meets Augustus, a boy with seemingly no cancer and only one leg, because he had one amputated so that he could be cancer-free.
This book makes evident that life is to be lived with everything that comes with it, the good, the bad and the ugly.