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“Eerie, beautiful, and devastating.” —Chicago Tribune
“A stealthy hit with staying power. . . . thriller-like pacing.” —The New York Times
“Thirteen Reasons Why will leave you with chills long after you have finished reading.” —Amber Gibson, NPR’s “All Things Considered”
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 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 tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A hard-hitting game changer of a young adult novel, Thirteen Reasons Why reveals how cruel gossip and bullying lead to a teen’s suicide. Clay Jensen receives a mysterious box in the mail, filled with audiocassettes recorded by his high school crush, Hannah Baker, just before she committed suicide. Author Jay Asher uses his two protagonists’ dual narratives to take us on a heart-wrenching journey. Hannah recounts the story of each person who tormented her, and Clay struggles to piece together the events that led up to Hannah's death. As Clay cycles through a series of strong emotions, we come along for the ride.
This uncommonly polished debut opens on a riveting scenario: 13 teenagers in a small town have each been designated to listen, in secret, to a box of audiotapes recorded by their classmate Hannah and mailed on the very day she commits suicide. "I'm about to tell you the story of my life," she says. "More specifically, why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why." Clay, the narrator, receives the tapes a few weeks after the suicide (each listener must send the box to the next, and Hannah has built in a plan to make sure her posthumous directions are followed), and his initial shock turns to horror as he hears the dead girl implicate his friends and acquaintances in various acts of callousness, cruelty or crime. Asher expertly paces the narrative, splicing Hannah's tale with Clay's mounting anxiety and fear. Just what has he done? Readers won't be able to pull themselves away until that question gets answered no matter that the premise is contrived and the plot details can be implausible. The author gets all the characters right, from the popular girl who wants to insure her status to the boy who rapes an unconscious girl at a party where the liquor flows too freely, and the veneer of authenticity suffices to hide the story's flaws. Asher knows how to entertain an audience; this book will leave readers eager to see what he does next. Ages 13-up.
I love this book. It covers really hard topics that are difficult to talk about and opens your eyes to the things suicidal people have to go through. I read this at 12 and found it quite spectacular. For those of you who say Hannah killed herself for no reason, I think it can seem that way when you read it from an outsiders point of view. When you imagine yourself experiencing those traumatizing events, the reason of Hannah’s death becomes a lot more clear. Excellent book, though definitely for more mature readers
This was such a powerful book. Yes, it was sad, yes, it was sometimes disturbing, but sometimes in life you have to go through discomfort and/or fear to learn your greatest lessons. This book gives you empathy for what suicidal people really go through. It was very well written, I couldn’t put it down until I reached the last page and it really felt like you were going through the book and experiencing it with Clay and with Hannah as well. 10/10 would recommend reading this book, it would be good for everyone to read.
What a great tv show really had a impact on me hope I see more seasons in the future! Can’t wait for season 4.