Unshelved featured Thirteen Reasons Why in its strip today. The paperback edition has just been released, so there is a lot of buzz going around about this book. The topic is teen suicide, so it’s not an easy read. But, both of my teenagers read the book last year and it made a big impression on them. This book really makes you think about how everything you do and say can have a profound effect on someone. It also makes you want to be a better person, and illustrates the finality and selfishness of suicide. Although Hannah gives thirteen reasons why she took her own life, none of those reasons are reason enough. She had choices, and she could have chosen to handle things differently. But, she blamed others for her sadness and ended her life. Life is always the better choice, and both of my teenagers were frustrated with Hannah for not seeing that. Still they also learned that you never know what is going on in someone’s head, and as such, you should always show compassion whenever and wherever you can.