13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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13 Reasons Why is an inspiring and eye-opening read that will leave you speechless, I’m sure!

Here’s the Description off of GoodReads:

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 story will wrench your heart right out of your chest and wake up your mind and see things that maybe you never saw before.

Yes, this book is about suicide and if that is a sensitive subject for people then I would recommend you do not read this book. It also has sexual scenes, and the narration of Hannah Baker can get quite intense, so read with caution.

 

Both Hannah Baker’s and Clay Jenson’s story in this book is powerful and overall sad. The obvious pain that Clay is feeling when listening to the tapes, grips you into the book and makes you feel as if you knew Hannah as well.

The idea is simplistic, reminding me a lot of how the film The Breakfast Club is laid out.

The entirety of the book is just Clay listening to the tapes, just like the whole of The Breakfast Club is just a bunch of kids in detention.

There is no major plot twist, there is no extra story to it – it is just Clay, listening and reaction to Hannah explain why she committed suicide.

When reading the back of this book I found out that you can listen along to the tapes with Clay, by going to this web address here:

http://www.thirteenreasonswhy.com/hannahsreasons.html

Personally, I haven’t listened to the tapes; I’ve only read them. I tried to listen to them, but hearing this girl talk about the reasons for her death just made me feel as if I was intruding on something personal – something that wasn’t meant for me, but instead for these characters. Having this girl’s voice playing out loud, just makes it all seem so real and eery.

This isn’t based off of a true story, but I’m sure that somewhere out in the world, something similar has happened.

Suicide is a very real thing, and something I have personally dealt with, with myself and with my friends.

More stories like this need to be talked about, because even though this book is fiction, it doesn’t mean that what Hannah went through is fiction through and through.

Bullying in all shapes and form is real.

Abuse is real.

Suicide is real.

Feeling lost and alone is very, very real and needs to be addressed.

This book really made me see mental health and suicide in a way that I haven’t before – from the point of view of the aftermath. From the point of view of someone who knew the victim of suicide. I’ve been that person before, but never properly thought about it until after I read this book.

If you are going through any depressed or suicidal thoughts, please tell someone! For your own safety. Please. I cannot stress that enough.

It was a great book. Simple, yet inspirational.

4/5

Thank you, Jay Asher for this read.

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