REVIEW: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher



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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.

4 STARS!!!


I've read vastly different reviews for this book.

One's raving about how great it is; the other hates it and offers 1 star.


Which is one of the reasons, I've picked up and put down this book, plenty of times.

For me, this was an enlightening read.

A lot of people don't like Hannah's voice. She's too judgemental, she's blaming everyone else, she's a bitch. Blah blah blah.

If you were suicidal and for once wanted someone to know the truth about the rumours they created, to let them know that in fututure they should be more self aware of their actions; that everything has an affect on a person you're horrible to, just once. It should be known. Actions hurt and actions influence decisions.

A person like Hannah, isn't going to be rational, she isn't going to be kind, because what ever pushed her to the point of giving up on her self. Well, lets just say, she has certainly given up on you. But possibly this would make those people think about their actions next time. Her voice isn't going to be understandable, she doesn't understand and you as the reader can only be told what she knows.

Clay's voice in this book broke my heart, his guilt, his emotions as he listened to the girl, he thought he had all the time in the world to talk to, to get to know. A girl, who after being let down, finally couldn't make the decision to let him see her, to let him help.

Because to me, Hannah was scared of Clay. NO that's wrong, it was too late and she knew if Clay couldn't help, that would truly break her because for him she cared. She wanted him to know her story, but at the same time she couldn't let him help.

I've just finished this book and I would recommend you read it, don't listen to others reviews good or bad, make you're own decision. Just try not to judge Hannah too harshly, she was obviously troubled and like that of a suicide note, she decided to teach those involved a lesson (not as revenge). A lesson so it hopefully wouldn't happen again. A lesson to make people aware of others emotions and their own actions.

You as the reader are there the WHOLE way, her voice telling a past story, a story as it happens and also as she plans her suicide. We all know how it ends, but it's how she gets there, that's the saddest part and also how Clay is now still living with it.

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