Review of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Hey word nerds! Happy Monday! I am now just counting down the days to summer time! Well let’s get down to the real reason we are here… BOOKS!

I wanted to read Thirteen Reasons Why before it came out on Netflix (hello binge watching!) and so I figured what better time than now when I found it at Target for only $10 (I mean free Tyler lol)! This book was so well written and the format was interesting. With bits of Clay’s thoughts thrown in between Hannah Baker’s heartbreaking tapes, we get to look at different sides to a sad story.

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.

I honestly think that this book should be read in high school. Not because I think that everyone will magically become great at finding those kids that need their help, but because I think it would make some people at least stop and think. This heartbreaking story shows the reality of what can face teens and the end result is devastating.

Jay Asher did a really good job with this book and the format he chose really made a huge impact because when something like this happens everyone is left with a million questions and no answers. This was a refreshing take that really brought home just how hard it can be when you think you are alone.

I give this book a solid 4 out 5 stars. It was moving and emotional. I will definitely be saving this one for my girls to read. Let me know what your thoughts are! And be on the lookout for the review of the show that aired on Netflix 3/31/17!


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