Book Review- Thirteen Reasons Why


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Published by Razorbill on October 18, 2007
Genres: Young Adult, Suicide, Fiction
Pages: 288

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.

I absolutely loved Thirteen Reasons Why. I don’t even know if I can find the right words to describe the feeling I got while reading (and after reading) the book, but I’ll try.

The dual narration of the book truly brings it to life. I was able to read what Hannah was saying in her tapes, and immediately read Clay’s reaction to her words. Things she said sparked his memory, so at times two stories were being told at once (which was surprisingly easy to follow) and added dimensions to the book that helped bring it to life.

I love how perfectly Jay Asher captured the “snowball effect” and how the most random encounters can impact people so much. Thirteen Reasons Why digs deeply into how the most thoughtless of jokes can cause serious repercussions.

Thirteen Reasons Why makes me want to be better-nicer-to everyone I know. To everyone in general. I definitely recommend reading this book if you haven’t already. It’s worth it.

I am going to give Thirteen Reasons Why five out of five hearts.

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