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Jay Asher

Jay Asher's What Light: EW Review

Asher’s gift for prose that packs an emotional wallop was apparent in his 2007 novel, the monster best-seller Thirteen Reasons Why. With this decade-in-the-making follow-up, he’s spun a less heavy but equally poignant tale about love, hope, and forgiveness. The protagonist, Sierra, has grown up in a multigenerational Christmas-tree-farm family business. Each winter they travel south to set up shop in California for the holiday season, giving Sierra a brief taste of an alternate life.

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7 YA novels we can't wait to read this fall

From sequels (Zebulon Finch returns!) to long-awaited follow-ups (so does Jay Asher!), here are the 7 YA novels we’re dying to read this fall.

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold (Sept. 20)

In Arnold’s funny, sweet, utterly heart-wrenching novel—his first since Mosquitoland—a kid with a rare brain disorder enlists his friends to help him scatter his father’s ashes in a meaningful place.

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Q&A: Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher on bullying and teen suicide prevention

Jay Asher’s bestselling YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, follows a boy named Clay through an emotional night after he receives a box of cassette tapes from his classmate, Hannah, who recently committed suicide. Though the book was published in 2007, it has continued to touch teens (and adults!), and helped open up a national conversation about bullying and teen suicide. Over the past year, Asher has embarked on a 50 States Against Bullying tour, speaking at a school in every single state to spread awareness of bullying and talk about how to stop it.

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Why teen-suicide novel 'Thirteen Reasons Why' is saving lives: An interview with Jay Asher

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’s YA novel Thirteen Reasons Why, which comes out in paperback tomorrow, has grown into a major phenomenon over the last four years. In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly we caught up with the author and got the story behind the book that some readers credit with changing – and even saving – their lives. You can read the story below.

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