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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.
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This book really makes you think about life. It also makes you think about your actions directed towards others. I feel like I've been changed for the better. Definitely a must read book!
Thirteen Reasons Why.
I'm 15 years old. I don't usually read books. But, my friend recommended this book to me, and I decided to read it. This book hit home for me in many ways, my friend committed suicide 3 years ago. He didn't leave a note or something like Hannah did in the book, but I still made the connection. My friend was bullied a lot in school. We all in some way tried to help, but he was always sure he could do it alone. But after a while it all became too much for him and he decided to commit suicide. The day before he seemed back to himself, but little did all of us know he had made his mind up finally. And he was at peace with his decision. None of us expected to find out what we did the next day. We all realized we could have tried harder to help him then we did. Just like Clay in the book realized. I cried a lot while reading this book. But in some way this book put me at peace with his death. And I want to thank the author Jay Asher for that. This books is amazing. It is a must read for everyone.
It's really sad...but it's written great and it really makes you think