Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
Published by Razorbill on October 18, 2007
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Barnes & Noble
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 found this book really compelling. I imagined myself with Clay, listening to Hannah describe the 13 stories leading up to her suicide. I thought that Clay was the most appropriate of the 13 to help narrate the story. The double narration was really cool. I loved being able to instantly know what he was thinking when listening to the tapes. It helped me keep up with what was going on, while also helping to add details to the stories that Hannah left out. The idea of this story was amazing. It brings up a lot of good points and definitely made me sit back and reflect on my own life, wondering about not only how other treat me and have treated me, but how I have treated others. It was definitely good to learn how the smallest things can add to the “snowball effect.” This is definitely one book everyone should read. I can’t even imagine something like this happening to me.
“It’s hard to be disappointed when what you expected turns out to be true.”
“I guess that’s the point of it all. No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Often times, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”