Jay Asher

Award-winning Author of the New York Times Best-seller Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher is the author of the young adult novels The Future Of Us and Thirteen Reasons Why. Thirteen Reasons Why, his debut novel, spent over two years on the New York Times children’s hardcover best-seller list, with foreign rights sold in over 30 countries and more than one million copies in print in the U.S. alone. It is being developed as a movie by Universal Pictures. His second novel, The Future of Us (co-written with Carolyn Mackler), has sold in 15 foreign markets, and is being developed as a movie by Warner Bros. Thirteen Reasons Why won multiple awards: California Book Award, Best Books for Young Adults, Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults, Borders Original Voices Finalist, Barnes & Noble – Top 10 Best Books for Teens, International Reading Assoc. – Young Adult’s Choices, Kirkus Reviews

Editor’s Choice, Book Sense Pick Winner, Chicago Public Library Best Books, Association of Booksellers for Children – Best Books, State Awards – Winner (voted on by students): Florida, Kansas, Kentucky.

Asher is a sought-after keynote speaker at libraries and schools across the country about his novels, suicide prevention, and creative writing for teens. He is beloved by teen and adult audiences alike. Asher has worked at an independent bookstore, an outlet bookstore, a chain bookstore, and two public libraries. He hopes, someday, to work for a used bookstore. When he is not writing, he plays the guitar and goes camping.

The Novels

In Thirteen Reasons Why Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush –who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are 13 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, Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that continues to profoundly affect teen readers across the globe.

What if you could see how your life would unfold – just by clicking a button? That’s the premise of The Future of Us. It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM. Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on – and discover themselves on Facebook, 15 years in the future. Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

Praise for Jay Asher

“Jay Asher’s visit to Loudoun County was an amazing experience.  Fans drove five hours in the rain just to meet him. He connected with the detainees at the Juvenile Detention Center, the teens at the writing award contest event, and extended himself to a school that had recently had several tragedies which mirrored Jay’s story in Thirteen Reason Why.”

—Linda Holtslander, Loudoun County Public Library

“Jay Asher spoke to over 100 teens at the Bristol Public Library.  He was wonderful, and it was great to put a face to the book read.  He gave the teens a little of his writing and publishing history, which they enjoyed. Most of the audience had read the books, so there was an abundance of questions about characterization, and his life.  This visit meant a great deal to students.”

—Pam Neal, BPL Teen Librarian

Praise for Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why is a mystery, eulogy, and ceremony. Twenty or thirty times, I snapped the book shut when a sentence, an image, or line of dialogue was too beautiful and painful. But I, afraid and curious, would always return to this amazing book. I know, in the years to come, I will often return to this book.”

— Sherman Alexie

“Very clever premise, strong voice, perfect suspense. This one will keep you reading. Jay Asher is a fine storyteller.”

— Chris Crutcher

“A spectacular first novel. Jay Asher tells his story with such honesty and simplicity that the tragedy feels shatteringly real.”

— Gordon Korman