Apr 182013


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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.

This book had me hooked right from the beginning. I’ve read a few books about teen suicide, but this storyline was so different. Reading the thoughts of the girl who committed suicide, in her own words, was what sets this book apart.

Hannah gives all the reasons why she decides to commit suicide, and even though some of them seem a little small to me, to a teen living through it, it could be a big deal. Our words and deeds can have such a huge impact on others,  we all need to be careful what we say and do. And of course, lots of small things can become one big thing. Plus, we all know that everything doesn’t affect each of us the same.

I loved this book and would recommend it to everyone, no matter their age, and think this book should be required reading for schools.

The power of the tongue is life and death
Proverbs 18:21

  9 Responses to “Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher”

  1. I didn’t like this book as much as everyone else did. I appreciate the fact that it makes people think about their actions but I felt like Hannah blamed a lot of her problems on other people.

  2. I don’t think I could read this one, it just seems too sad.

  3. This is a very thought provoking read and would be a great discussion book. I thought it was powerful.

  4. Teen years have to be handled so delicately by adults! Sounds like a good read.

  5. Sounds like a really emotional book. I’ll have to add this one to my list.

  6. Hi Vicki,

    I have been waiting to catch a review of this book, by one of you and I think that you did a great job here, Vicki.

    I think that the paragraph you wrote, just summed things up so well, not just with regard to teenagers, but including our interaction with each other as adults.

    We, at least here in the UK, seem to have developed into a ‘me first’ society, where many have scant regard for anyone else’s feelings but their own and where we care even less about how our words and actions will affect anyone else around us.

    I am not a religious person, however it strikes me that society has adopted the maxim of …. ‘do to others as you would have them do to you’ …. only do it first!!

    This is definitely one for my reading list, thanks for the recommendation,


  7. I’ve seen this book several times at books stores, picked it up and put it back. It looks very interesting, But I guess I just wasn’t ready to read it. That’s happened to me previously with books I thought I didn’t want to read, like The Lovely Bones. When I read it, I loved it. After your recommendation, I think I’ll get it the next time. Thanks!

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