Thirteen Reasons Why

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i read this book last year, and i did presentations on it. i find that even though the topic is really sad but it is an amazing story and it is very heart felt. truly amazing.
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A Great Book
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Reader reviewed by sammy

This book is about a a high schooler who wants to just leave the tapes Hannah baker makes alone but he's scared that someone will figure out everything. about him so he has to listen just to see, what he did to cause her to do what she did.

I liked this book because i love mystery and this book goes hand in hand with mystery. I also liked it because because it's  just a great book.

I'd recomend this to 5th grade - 12th grade. And adultsalso they might like it to. 

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A classy-teenlike phenomenon
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Reader reviewed by Duckie

Her name is hannah baker. and she commited suicide.

The narrarator is Clay. And he shouldnt be on her list.

as you brought through the story of Hannah Baker you get to hear EXACTLY why she commited suicide. You get brought through each emotion of EVERYTHING that can be brought throught teen life in the new generation. Note:parents of teens shouldn't read this.

I see the end as a sort of triumph.

a well done peice of work, Jay asher

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An Amazing Book Everyone Should Read
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Reader reviewed by the book muncher

One day Clay Jensen comes home from school to find a shoe box package with no return address. At first hes excited, but when he opens the box, he finds seven cassette tapes. And when he plays them, he finds that they were recorded by a classmate named Hannah Baker, a girl who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

Recorded on the tapes are thirteen reasons why Hannah chose to end her life. The reasons are all linked to specific people, and the tapes are passed onto those people in the order they are on Hannahs list. They are all, in some way, responsible for Hannahs death. Clay stays out the whole night, listening to the sounds of Hannahs voice leading him throughout the town, basically reliving select experiences from Hannahs life that lead up to her decision to end it.

Hannahs narration is interwoven with Clays actions and memories, which sometimes makes the story confusing to read. However, it does help to better understand both Clays and Hannahs emotions. Hannahs reasons for suicide are hard to read for Clay, who alternates between blaming himself and blaming Hannah for not letting Clay reach out to her. It was hard for me to read as well, and I cried many times while reading.

For a debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why is exceptionally well written for such a serious topic. It is often difficult to address things such as suicide because many people dont want to discuss it. However, I think this book was wonderfully written. This novel thoroughly demonstrates the consequences of even the smallest actions and what the piling up of problems can cause, which Hannah refers to as the snowball effect. There are so many life lessons to be learned from this novel. I highly recommend this book because it has truly changed the way I think.
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Reader reviewed by Jocelyn

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY focuses on the set of audiotapes made by a girl named Hannah Baker right before she killed herself. There are thirteen sides to the tapes recorded. And theyre going to be heard by thirteen people. Thirteen of the reasons why Hannah ended her life.

This story is not just Hannahs; it is also Clays. Clay had a crush on Hannah for ages, watching her from afar (but not in a creepy way). And hes one of the thirteen people to receive the tapes. This book takes place mostly on the night that Clay wanders around town, visiting the places mentioned in Hannahs tapes, listening to Hannahs voice and trying to deal with what has happened. Trying to figure out why hes received these tapes, why one of the thirteen reasons belongs to him when all he ever did was try to connect with Hannah.

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY is a powerful debut from a talented new voice in YA literature. This dual narrative brings to light the reasons for Hannahs death, lets readers know her life, but also lets us get to know Clay, who is an important part of Hannahs story. This is different from most books in that the end of the story is the first thing we know. We know it will never turn out any differently. The reader knows from the start that Hannah is dead, but still we go on the agonizing journey to finding out why, along with Clay. To finding out what might have been different. This shows so well the pain of suicide for those left behindwhat could we have done? Should we have seen?and goes even further, as some of those people will actually get concrete answers to how they could have saved Hannah, and will have to live with it forever. This painfully honest story will stay in the minds of readers long after the final page. Jay Ashers brilliant first novel is a moving, highly original story, and readers will eagerly await whatever he writes next.
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Raw and Honest
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Reader reviewed by MssJoss

Clay Jensen is truly a good kid. He is moments away from graduating as the Valedictorian of his class, he doesn't drink or abuse drugs, he chooses staying home on the weekends to study over going to parties, so why then, does he receive a package of tapes from a girl who committed suicide? Why is he on "the list" of people who are supposed to listen to the 13 recordings Hannah Baker has sent explaing why she killed herself? The list of people who played a part in her death.

Throughout the novel, Clay retraces Hannah's steps using the detailed map she has left him. Listening to Hannah's voice on the tapes, Clay spends half of the novel trying to figure out how he is involved and the other half wondering what he could have done to prevent this tragedy.

Hannah shows Clay connections between his classmates and teachers he never could have imagined, and never wanted to know about. Hannah's voice ensures that she will leave a legacy and that she will never be forgotten by the 13 people who will receive her tapes.

Sad, cryptic, gritty, raw, and real, these are just some of the adjectives that describle this novel. There is no cutesy fluff or glossed-over ending, there is no pretty bow on this novel. Asher takes what Mitch Albom did in The Five People You Meet in Heaven, turns it inside out and paints it black. Asher illustrates the ripple effect human beings unknowlingly have on each other in an extremely effective way. Hannah's depiction of her high school experience is so real and honest, readers of all ages can appreciate it and (somewhat frighteningly) relate to it. Hannah helps Clay to realize that the things you don't say, can be just as important as the things you do.

I loved this book, I can't even say it enough. My reading preferences are not typically dark, but I read the book from start to finish, and I am still thinking about the characters in it long afterward. Finally, an honest, detailed, accurate account of the lives of today's teens. So many novels try to make high school look like an episode of Saved by the Bell, but as I am spending more time in actual high schools in my preparation for becoming a teacher, and as I reflect on my own high school experience, this antiquated view is just no longer accurate...if it ever even was. This novel tells the truth and it doesn't insult the intelligence of its teen readers by sugar-coating serious topics like suicide, sexual assault/harassment, peer pressure, rape, and teen drinking. Asher does a wonderful job of showing the male and female perspectives simultaneously. I'll admit, the dual narration took me a few pages to get the hang of, but once I was in, I was hooked. Warning: Do not start this novel unless you have enough time to read all 288 pages.
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Amazing book!
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Reader reviewed by Nikki

This book was one of the most gripping books I've ever read. The way it was written was different, but I liked it all the same. I cried when I read this book, it was so touching. It seemed so real. It was great. So filled with detail. It only took me a day to read the whole book! I couldn't put it down! I suggest this book to everyone!
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A heart-wrenching, five-star winner!
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Reader reviewed by Ruthie

This book made me cry, forced me to stay awake at night and it stole my heart. Jay Asher outdid himself when writing this book. Hannah and Clays voices were ordinary, in a good way. They were each purely human and they each had their flaws. This book made you beg Hannah to keep her life, even though you know she already committed suicide. The way the tale was told through the tapes was heart-wrenching and again very real. I absolutely loved this book. It was great and I would recommend it to anyone who's mature enough to handle it.
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Best Book EVER!
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Reader reviewed by Megan

Th1rteen R3asons Why
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What do you do when you find out that you caused someone to commit suicide? Theres not much that Clay can do when he finds a box of tapes sitting in front of his door. He is even excited since there is no return address. However, not only does the first tape reveal his crush Hannah talking, who had killed herself, but he is stopped cold when he hears her say

I hope youre ready, because Im about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if youre listening to these tapes, youre one of the reasons why.

What else can he do but to continue to listen to the thirteen tapes? He follows her story through the town and learns not only Hannahs story, but his part in it as well.
As you might have guessed already, I hardly have the words to describe this novel. Jay Asher presents Hannahs story in a clear, raw form, and doesnt shy away from what her story is all about: suicide. The reader is brought face to face with the knowledge that even the littlest of things can affect others immensely. I absolutely loved this novel, and it has now become my number one favorite.
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Really good book!
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Reader reviewed by Cara

This book made me feel like I knew the girl who was making the tapes. Ita bout a girl who commited suicide and left 13 tapes behind for people to listen to. It tells them how they all relate to her life and to her killing herself. I loved this book a lot.
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