7 tapes. 13 reasons. 13 people that are all conected in one way. they all had something to do with the death of hannah baker. but there's a twist she killed herself. and the reason is one these tapes. the reason is those 13 people.
i cried in this book many times. but i loved every second of it. i could picture myself in the book. it was so well written that it felt like i was watching a movie rather than reading a book. i highly suggest this book!
After a girl you knew committed suicide, a mysterious package with seven audiotapes appears on your doorstep. What do you do? Well, if you're one of the recipients, you pop the tape into a player and hit play. Your life will never be the same. Why? Because you are one of the Thirteen Reasons Why.
When Clay Jenson hits play, he hears the voice of the late Hannah Baker. And then he finds out that because he received the package, it means that he's one of the reasons that Hannah swallowed those pills. Clay listens on. Throughout the night, Clay listens to the tapes, following her instructions to go to different places. For if he doesn't, these tapes will come out in a public manner, exposing everyone on the tapes and what they did to Hannah Baker.
So why should you read this book? Here are thirteen reasons why:
1.The idea is new and fresh, a change from your normal realistic fiction
2. The writing style is convincing, from the final words of a suicidal girl to the thoughts of the boy listening to them.
3. The book is powerful and will stick with you forever.
4. The characters are well developed - even Hannah Baker is developed well through her words.
5. You will feel emotionally involved.
6. The mystery of why Clay is on these tapes will keep you reading until well past the middle of the book.
7. It will draw you in from the very start.
8. It will leave you feeling satisfied.
9.It's about a difficult but pressing topic and may help you more fully understand the concept of suicide.
10. You'll be able to make your own guesses.
11. It's a great work of dark fiction.
12. It will greatly move you.
13. It is one of the best books I've ever read (and believe me, I've read a lot)
This book was really good. Very different from the rest but still good. A girl has commited suicide, and she sent around a bunch of tapes to people who were kind of to blame for her death. This story is from the point of view of one of the recipiants of the tapes. This person, this boy didn't do anything wrong though. He liked her. He never betrayted her, but listening to these tapes made him feel guilty that he didn't try harder to stop her and save her.
What an unbelievable book. If you havent read it, you should. If your thinking about reading it do it now.
I dont know about you, but I love getting stuff in the mail, especially getting packages. Well so does the main character of this story, Clay. But Clay would rather have not received this package.
Hannah Baker. Clay has had a crush on Hannah forever, but he never had the guts to really tell her. Now he never will. Hannah committed suicide. But before Hannah killed herself she left something behind. Seven cassette tapes. Seven tapes that tell the story of the thirteen people that caused Hannah to feel that she had no where to turn.
Each person has a story within the tapes and it is your responsibility after you listen to the tapes to pass it onto the next person. But what did Clay do? How could he be one of the people responsible for her suicide, he will have to listen to the tapes to find out.
This is one of the most compelling books Ive ever read. It is right up there with Picoults Nineteen Minutes. This is definitely one of those books that makes you look at the way you treat people and how fragile we are as humans. I cried, I laughed, I felt.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in people ranging in the ages 15-24. If you know someone who has talked about committing suicide, please dont take it lightly. You might be the one person they are reaching out to.
I waited entirely too long to read this book. I'm not sure if it was the serious issues I could tell this book was about from the summary that made me hesitate, or if my TBR list was just growing too long or what? But I waited too long and I'm sorry for that. All I can say to those of you out there who haven't read Thirteen Reasons Why, is to go out right now and get yourself a copy and start reading.
I'm in love with Jay Asher's writing. To be honest, I thought I was a part of this book. Not just reading the words and turning the pages, but I felt like I could hear Hannah's words for myself, and see the places on the map that Clay was visiting for myself. Asher is that talented, he takes you inside his writing and does not let go. As Clay listens to Hannah's story he decides he won't be able to take breaks or spread the stories out. It's almost like ripping off a band aid - you just have to get it over with. Not just so he can find out how he played a role in the grand scheme of things, but because he needs closure and the it's the type that can only come from knowing the whole story. I was right there with Clay, I couldn't stop reading, I just had to get the full story.
This is not a light read, I found no humor within these pages and yet I couldn't, and didn't want to stop reading. Even now, I'm finished and yet still Hannah and Clay are with me. I think Thirteen Reasons Why will be sticking with me for a very long time. I'm not usually one for books with strong morals being forced on readers, or lectures about lessons to be learned, but this was different. Asher made me look at things in new ways and I'm not sure you can go back after something like that. I learned a valuable lesson from this book and I'm grateful for that. Clay says in the beginning of the book that he'll never be able to get Hannah's voice out of his head, and to be honest I don't think I will either.
This story was amazing. It was emotional and heavy, but also moving and beyond memorable. I feel grateful to have read this book and cannot say nearly enough about how highly I think of Asher's writing and technique and his amazing gift for story telling. I may not be able to look back at this book and want to re-read it over and over again, it's just not that type of book. But I also can't bear to part with it. I'm not sure I'll ever read another that can even come close to being it's equal. I will never forget Hannah's story.
A girl, Hannah, who's just died has sent about 13 tapes, telling the story which provoked her suicide.
Clay Jenson, Hannah's crush, recieves the tapes and spends one night listening to her heart-wrenching story. A story that tells all the reasons why she chose to die. And each of the tapes are about one of the people which provoked her suicide. And Clay is on one of those tapes.
This novel shows how even small incidents can impact someones' life drastically. And it also shows an accurate potrayl of suicide.
I'd recommend this to everyone as everyone can relate to it and be touched by the story.
The story of Hannah Baker is told in this brilliant first novel by Jay Asher. Through a series of cassette tapes (who even uses those anymore?) the story of Hannah's suicide is told to the boy who misses her most, Clay.
This book goes through thirteen stories about thirteen different people that Hannah encountered in her life, and the reasons why they impacted her. It really opens up your eyes, showing you how one person and one single moment of the day can really affect someone else. The effects we have on people are hardly realized, but Asher does a fantastic job of portraying the high school experience and the crazy things that can happen, through the eyes of a girl who took drastic measures for not so drastic reasons. Definitely a perfect read for someone who is going through high school drama.
Thirteen Reasons Why is about
Clay Jensen, somewhat shy, Californain high school student, returns home from school one day to find a box sitting on his doorstep. Upon opening it, he discovers that it is a shoebox containing seven cassette tapes recorded by the late Hannah Baker, his classmate and emotional crush who recently committed suicide. The tapes were initially mailed to one classmate with instructions to pass them from one student to another, in the style of a chain letter. On the tapes, Hannah explains to thirteen people how they played a role in her death, by giving thirteen reasons to explain why she took her life. Curiosity and fear of exposure keep the people on the list listening to the tapes, and Hannah has given a second set of tapes to another character who will leak the tapes if they are not passed on. Through the audio narrative Hannah reveals her pain, and her slide into depression that ultimately leads to her suicide.
Here are the "Thirteen Reasons Why" :
The Thirteen Reasons
- #1. Justin Foley, the first boy Hannah had ever kissed, who lies and exaggerates the event saying that they had gone further. This gives Hannah a negative reputation at her new school.
- #2. Alex Standall, the boy who put her down as the "Hottest Ass in the Freshman Class" on his Freshman ClassWho's Hot / Who's Not list. This action perpetuates the reputation of promiscuity, and causes her to become the object of sexual harassment.
- #3. Jessica Davis, one of her first acquaintances. She was jealous of Hannah due to the fact that Hannah had been put on the Hot list and Jessica herself was on the not list. Jessica also liked Alex, assumed the rumors that Justin was perpetuating were true, and abandoned Hannah as a friend.
- #4. Tyler Down, a boy who was peeping in Hannah's window and taking pictures of her. Hannah and another girl (Courtney) attempted to catch him in the act. This causes Hannah to feel unsafe in one of her last sanctuaries, her own home.
- #5. Courtney Crimsen, a girl who most consider nice, who often hurts people unintentionally. Hannah had thought that they had become friends after playfully attempting to catch the stalker/peeping Tom, but Hannah discovers that Courtney, too, has been manufacturing and perpetuating rumors.
- #6. Marcus Cooley, who went on a date with Hannah on Valentine's Day. The date was a joke, but he realized that Hannah might have taken it seriously and went to the diner. When he finds her there, he tries to force her to allow him to touch her in a sexual manner.
- #7. Zach Dempsey, who witnesses the confrontation between Marcus and Hannah, offers assistance, but is rebuffed by Hannah. Possibly out of spite, he later steals her "compliment letters", which were a part of a Peer Communication class, when Hannah was in severe need of positive reinforcement.
- #8. Ryan Shaver, the editor of a school newspaper, who befriended Hannah out of a common interest in poetry, shared private poems with her, and Hannah shared her private poems with him. Ryan published one of Hannah's poems which he had stolen, and her private poem was dissected and ridiculed among the student body.
- #9. Clay Jensen (co-narrator), whom Hannah connected with and fell in love with, but at this point in her life she was having difficulty connecting with anyone on an emotional level. Clay was not on the list, but she sent him the tapes because she regretted never getting the opportunity to know him better. Clay conversely feels guilty that he didn't try harder to understand Hannah, who he had affection for in return.
- #10. Justin Foley (again), who after leaving Jessica Davis passed out in a bedroom at a party, allows Bryce Walker to enter the room and rape her. Unknown to everyone, Hannah was hiding in the closet, and did not help Jessica either. She holds herself and Justin partially responsible for Jessica's rape.
- #11. Jenny Kurtz, a cheerleader who helped hook Hannah up with Marcus. She was giving Hannah a ride home when she hit and knocked over a stop sign. Jenny refused to report it and, when pressed further, kicked Hannah out of the car. Later that evening, a senior citizen was injured and a student from their school was killed in an accident due to the missing stop sign.
- #12. Bryce Walker, who engaged in manual sex with her after another party, ignored her apathy towards him. Hannah consented to this activity to try and force herself to the conclusion that committing suicide was the right choice.
- #13. Mr. Porter, the counselor whom she hinted to about her plans to commit suicide still allowed her to leave his office and failed to follow up properly. His poor advice was the last straw for Hannah.
This book pooints out important reasons a person might end their life...and it is a book that many people should read..
Jay Asher did an amazing job.
Actually, bought this book in 2015 and I just decided to reread it now. and I do not regret diving into the mind of Clay and Hannah. reading this again made me realize so many things that I missed when I read this a few years ago. One thing that really stood out was the main character is a girl. it made me realize how girls and women can be so sexualized even without doing anything. from the very first reason, it showed how Hannah was sexualized... it just never occured to me... with all the women empowerment, and fighting for equality going on, this book was already doing that ten years ago!
anyway, the book is, of course, amazing. the reasons, the characters, how it was written, how it was paced, how amazing that there are two narrators at the same time. I also love the fact that this book can be timeless. with cassette tapes being used by the character, it can definitely stay current. the book is ten years old, but they still made a show about it ten years after. therefore, it is timeless. I actually got an edition of the book with an interview with Jay Asher, and the reason he wanted to use cassette tapes was because he wanted to make stay relevant in whatever time it is. And I thought that was pretty cool.
i truly applaud the ingenuity of this book and how it spoke so much.
~ well written characters
The minute I read the back summary of the book, I knew I had to read it. The second I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. This book is about a girl who commits suicide but not before leaving 13 tapes explaining why she did it. As I read through the book, I started feeling her emotions and thinking about how one little thing that you do can change people's life without you noticing it. It is truly an amazing book about life lessons and no doubt, is the story of many people out there.