One of the first BIG bestselling YA authors was Jay Asher and his book THIRTEEN REASONS WHY. Even before TWILIGHT and Stephenie Meyer took over the NYT bestsellers list, Asher remained on the hardcover list for over two years, garnering fans of his contemporary YA book about a teen suicide. More than 10 years later, and Netflix is releasing a series based on the book, coming out March 31, 2017.
The book centers around Hannah Baker who commits suicide. But before she leaves the world, she records a series of cassettes (will teens today even know what they are?) telling why she chose to end her life. The catch? The box of cassettes is delivered to her classmate Clay Jensen…and the first cassette explains that the reason he is receiving the box is because HE is one of the reasons she chose to end things. Each subsequent cassette is to be passed on to the next person on her list…with a total of 13 people she felt were responsible for her misery.
The book is engrossing, told from Hannah’s perspective, but also showing the fallout from each person who receives a tape. The reasons are detailed, brutal, and one must think, pretty common in many respects for a lot of kids out there today. While some of the subject matter is sensitive, the story covers it beautifully, and Asher’s writing style is too engaging to let the reader put it down.
How will Netflix approach the subject? Asher had a good deal of input on the set, and he claims Netflix will actually use the original ending to the book, so that should be interesting. I know I’ll be setting my reminder to start watching at the end of the month. Will you?
If you’re a regular library user, you’ll know that we offer lots of new DVDs each week. Not everything is a blockbuster…we also carry TV series, and now some fabulous documentaries!
Just a few of the new suggestions coming soon or available now at our library?
BETTER CALL SAUL: SEASON ONE—– If you loved “Breaking Bad”, you’ll want to watch this series which is a spin-off, but a bit of a prequel to shady lawyer Saul Goodman’s stint on the show. He made us all laugh at his questionable dealings, artfully decorated law office, and always noisy waiting room.
TWINSTERS——-This documentary follows the life of two young women who meet online and share more than just similar tastes in clothes. The search to discover where they came from will leave you glued to your seat.
SULLY-—-This new release is the latest from Clint Eastwood’s directorial fares, and stars Tom Hanks as the pilot who brought down a passenger jet in the middle of the Hudson River, saving everyone on board after both engines were hit by a flock of birds and disabled. This movie follows the story after the crash, as the National Transportation and Safety Board begins the investigation into whether or not it was the best place to land. You won’t believe what happened behind the scenes in this heroic tale!
You can drop into the library to place a hold or pick up one of these great DVDs, or check out the rest of our collection right here, or online. Don’t forget, we have lots of great new movies coming to our shelves each week.
Lauren Oliver‘s BEFORE I FALL, was one of the first Young Adult novels I ever read (after TWILIGHT and THE HUNGER GAMES, of course), and I’m excited that the movie version now has a trailer!
The book has a really unique premise…about a teen who dies in a car crash, but relives that last day seven more times, each time changing just enough to (hopefully) learn something. It had such a unique voice, and interesting character development, that I hope the movie will do it justice.
You can watch a little teaser right here, starring up and comer Zoey Deutch as Samantha Kingston.
Let me just say the book bloggers of the internet are already losing their minds. 2017 can’t come fast enough!
Our former head librarian, Janet, loves Lucy Maud Montgomery’s ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. I feel pretty safe in saying I’m sure she’ll be excited to hear that Netflix has picked up the CBC version of the book, and will air it with a two-hour premiere, followed by eight more episodes! 2017 is going to be a good year for fans of this series!
While the traditional series followed Anne Shirley, a precocious and delightful young girl who turned into an equally delightful young woman in Prince Edward Island, the new Netflix series promises an update, to include more current themes, such as racism, identity, bullying, and more. Hopefully, it will resonate with a new generation of Anne fans.
October is less than three months away, and that means we don’t have to wait long for the release of the film, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, based on the best-selling book by Paula Hawkins. If you loved the book, or loved GONE GIRL, this movie adaptation is bound to draw people into the theatres. Emily Blunt plays the starring role, and I can’t wait to love/hate her.
The newest trailer for the film was just released. What do you think? Will you be going to this movie?