Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

Synopsis: Thirteen Reason Why Cover

Title – 13 Reasons Why  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Jay Asher (Website, Goodreads)

Published – October 18th 2007

Classification – Young Adult Fiction

Summary –  Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice explains that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spend the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself – a truth he never wanted to face.

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Thoughts:

I just finished listening to the audio recording of 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This story was published back in 2009 but it was recommended so I picked up the book on CD.

Thirteen Reasons Why

My feelings towards the book swayed as Hannah’s story progressed. At first I didn’t understand why Hannah committed suicide. Rumors happen. They suck. And people should think about how it will affect the other person before they open their mouths. But rumors and crappy situations shouldn’t be the sole reason why someone felt like they had to end their life? So I was wondering why Hannah Baker felt like these were the reasons why she had to commit suicide for the majority of the story.

It is tragic. Suicide is not a light topic. Which is why I have a hard time saying anything bad about 13 Reasons Why.

But there are people who would help her. Who would help her see that suicide is not the solution.

So there I am, listening to the audiobook of Hannah Baker’s tapes. I felt like they are pretty blame-y. She meant it to be that way. And I’m confused as to how blaming is suppose to help anything.

I totally get it Hannah – you want people to understand what they did wrong. When I feel someone wrongs me, I want them to know too and feel bad about what they did.

But I felt like she didn’t get that point across. How was having only 13 people listen to your story going to change the way many people think? To make more people understand that the actions they do could have unintended consequences?

Conclusion:

So overall, the story was touch-and-go for me. But by the end, I can say I enjoyed listening to Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

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