Book Review: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Book Review: 13 Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Published by Razorbill on October 18th 2007
Pages: 336
Source: Purchase
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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.

Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017

 

I bought this to get onto the bandwagon since the show is coming to Netflix, and I actually think it’s already started.

I love YA so even with the dark themes, especially with the dark themes since I love horror and psychological thrillers, I decided it was high time that I read this.

First, I am very impressed with how this is written. We get to hear the interweaving between Clay and Hannah as Hannah explains why she decided to commit suicide. The fact that it’s only been two weeks means nobody, at least anybody that actually cared, is over the idea that she is gone, or that she committed suicide.

When Clay first starts listening he’s very upset because he cannot imagine what he did to Hannah to be on her list of people that drove her to suicide. She explains that everyone on the list contributed in some way. It’s this fact that drives Clay to continue listening. That and the fact that she blackmails everyone with an extra set of tapes.

I absolutely loved this. It was raw and harsh and hard to read but it was amazing. I was hoping that the ending was going to be a little different but it works.

There are a lot of reviews on Goodreads that say that Hannah’s voice takes away from those that do commit suicide and have an actual problem. I thought this was spot on. There are very small things that add up, some not so small, and Hannah has nobody to talk to. I don’t want to give anything away but it is done very well. Sometimes Hannah seems very strong and at others she wants to give up, just like other people out there.

I didn’t read this comparing Hannah to everyone. I think some of her reasons are a bit shallow, but she’s a teenager and it’s hard to think that the world doesn’t revolve around you when you’re a teen. It’s even harder when you actual realize it doesn’t.

This is a hard read but it was so worth getting to the end. I read it in one day and now I’m ready to see the show!

 

Rating Report
Plot
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

 

 

Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up in a family that encouraged all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. He attended Cuesta College right after graduating from high school. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. At this point in his life, he had decided he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences had an impact on some aspect of his writing.

He has published only one book to date, Thirteen Reasons Why, which was published in October 2007. He is currently working on his second Young Adult novel, and has written several picture books and screenplays. Thirteen Reasons Why has won several awards and has received five stars from Teen Book Review. It also has received high reviews from fellow authors such as Ellen Hopkins, Chris Crutcher, and Gordon Kormon.

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