Book Review

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why Book Cover Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Ahser
October 18th 2007

You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes-- and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.

It’s hard to sum my thoughts into a review especially with this book. This book isn’t like anything I have ever read before. It’s about suicide. A taboo subject. A subject that no one likes to talk about let alone read about. But Jay Asher wrote a book about it. A daunting book about a girl and the Thirteen reasons why she committed suicide.

Suicide is way too common among teens, with them seeing this as their last resort, their only way out. And this book gives us an insight into a teenager through the very effective way of audio tapes. I am starting to wish I had the audio version of this book. I would love to have seem how different it would have been and whether it would have had the same effect on my as reading the book did.

As someone who as battled throughout her teenager years with the thought of suicide I feel like this book was written brilliantly.

To some people Hannah’s reason’s might not seem like good reasons to kill yourself but to her they tore her down. They broke her apart. Everyone is unique and this book shows us that everyone has their reasons of doing things but what if? What if half the people on these tapes stopped for a second and thought about the consequences of what they we’re doing. The effect that it would have on Hannah would she have still made the same choices? God knows. And that is what makes this book good. It makes you think about the what if. It makes you think about your actions and the consequences it has on those around you.

I love how this story isn’t technically told in Hannah’s point of view. It is from Clay’s. I think if it was written entirely from Hannah’s POV it wouldn’t have had the same effect. And I love how this is traditional. It’s via tapes. It seems more personal to me and gives it more momentum on the people who had some part to play in Hannah’s suicide. You actually get to hear her voice and the story she needs to tell. The story that lead up to her drastic decision.

Overall this book hurt to read a lot but some part hopes that if you do read this and you feel like Hannah does, then reach out and ask for help. It is never too late.

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