Thematic Read for July 2013

I invest tears in reading. 
A friend told me Matrons do the same. 
That is why in my book club I have the title - The Matronic Reader

The first thematic reading for this year is about the mothers - and because of lack of time, or maybe, I was busy doing the field trips with the classmates, I have a spillover read. URGH.

This time around, to reinforce my "matronic reading skills", I am into exploring the depths of the sentiments of the characters who are having suicidal tendencies / episodes. I am into getting to know how depressed is one with these depression phases, and how do they find resolve or release - by ending their own life. 

So say hello to Laslas Genres.

The laslas girl group started this year, planning to have this month-long fest as our own way of participating World Suicide Prevention. Knowing that this occasion happens every September 10th of the year, we decided to do them in advance and immerse ourselves by reading two books - in Buddy-Reading form. Buddy-reads is the simultaneous reading of the online participants of the same book for a prescribed period, and posting their comments online. 

We were through with the first novel - Jay Asher's Th1rteen R3asons Why and onward we go with starting with the second novel - Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak.

Th1rteen R3asons Why is about Hannah Baker's recorded tapes passed on to Clay Jensen, a man considered one of the reasons why the former took suicide. Speak is about Melissa Sordino's silence and monologues, trying to forget the traumatic experience of one incident that drives her away from her own social world.

Here are their synopses:

Th1rteen R3asons Why.Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
Speak. Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

May the Lord grant me time to read the second book on the list, and able to share my sentiments with the laslas girls. :)

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