Jay Asher has startled us all (or at least me) with this spectacular book. Finding a book today can be difficult and challenging, especially for Young Adults, because they can be so shallow and dumb. Jay Asher has written a novel with depth and emotion.
It all starts out when Clay Jensen gets a package from Hannah Baker, a girl from school who had just commited suicide. Of course, for Clay this is startling because they were never really friends, and had only kissed once at a party. Little did he know that he played a role in Hannah Baker's suicide. Clay is a talented and sensative boy. Hearing that he has been a part of a suicide was terrable for him. On the tapes, it is clearly stated that everyone who gets them (There is a story for each person) MUST listen to every tape, even if it isn't about them.
Little by little we wait at the edge of our seats for Clays story, as he runs all around the town, stopping at most of the places Hannah mentions, and trying to understand what it felt like for her.
Tragic, heart renching and with a devestatingly happy ending, Jay Asher's novel 13 Reasons Why will take you into the lives of Clay and Hannah as they both try to understand why she killed herself.
Hannah Baker is dead. All Clay knows is that she took pills. When a mysterious package arrives at his house he doesn't know what to make of it. There are seven cassettes inside it, with a number written in blue nail polish on each side, except for the last, it was one sided. Thirteen sides, thirteen connections that all helped lead to her suicide. When Clay starts listening he doesn't know what's going on. These are all people who hurt her in some way, all he did was have a crush on her. As Clay listens he learns more about Hannah and himself.
I heard so many good things about this book that once i got home from the book store (buying it) i wanted to read the first few pages and see if it measured up to how good i thought it'd be. Well, after i started reading i couldn't stop. This book was so amazing. The characters were very well developed, and the plot was very understandable and easy to follow. This book nearly brought me to tears.
This story pulled me in right from the start, shortly after pushing play on the 7 cassettes (each side adds up to 13, since the last one only has one side). As you follow Clay through an unforgettable night of wandering the town to each spot where the story originally took place, you unravel the mystery of WHY.
1. cassette tapes show another side not many people know about thanks to the tapes left by Hannah in the book
Clay got the tapes. He listened and passed them on. The tapes were about why Hannah had killed herself, the thirteen reasons why. A beautiful book.
It took me a little while to figure out the flow to this book
because you are bouncing back and forth between text from Hannah's
commentary from her tapes and what Clay is doing or thinking as he is
listening to them. But one you get into it hang on because it's one
hell of a ride. This book is beautifully written and spend a great deal
of time delving into the mind of the teen world. You become a part of
this book from the beginning, feeling for both Hannah and Clay. You can
see how these 13 things would not be enough on their own to impact her
decision to commit suicide but how one stacked on top of the other
could send her over the edge.
I was really disturbed by the suicide being so planned out that she
went to all the trouble to make these tapes. The tapes themselves were
very unnearving but necessary to tell the tale that Hannah's wants to
be told. How may warning signs did she send and no one answered? How
many missed chances do we have? How does every move that we make impact
someone else's life and could we change the outcome if we had just been
a little less self absorbed? Hannah thinks so and after you spend some
time in her mind you will too. As she tells Clay on the tape this
knowledge will change his life forever.
This a very touching and disturbing novel on teenage suicide. I
would be careful what age group I would let read it for there are
sexual inuendos as well as some language. I would say definately the
high school age and none below it. It is also a very quick read. I
finished it in two days so once you are sucked in you are hooked til
the end, just like Clay.
absolutely no idea why he received them or how he’s responsible for Hannah’s death. After taking his friend Tony’s Walkman, Clay spends the night traveling his town while listening to Hannah’s voice. And what Hannah says will change him forever.
Set in first person, alternating between Clay’s perspective and Hannah’s tapes, Thirteen Reasons Why tells you a huge message about life: that your actions, even if they seem perfectly harmless to you, could cause somebody else harm, and ultimately cause them to commit suicide. As Hannah says in Thirteen Reasons
Why, “I guess that’s the point of it all. No one knows for certain how much of impact they have on the lives of other people. Often we have no clue.”
I loved this book because it was written so beautifully and flawlessly in the way that Jay Asher switched between Clay and Hannah’s perspectives. Also, the main characters seemed so real that it made you think that you could actually talk to them, or change their mind, but in the end, you couldn’t. In the end, they
were only fictional characters. This was especially true when Hannah says, “If you hear a song that makes you cry and you don’t want to cry anymore, you don’t listen to that song anymore. But you can’t get away from yourself. You can’t decide not to see yourself anymore. You can’t decide to turn off the noise in your head.”
I also loved this book because it was so real. It controlled your emotions so well that this book made me cry. Lastly, Thirteen Reasons Why conveyed a message so achingly true that it changed my view on life itself.
I gave this book a five because I absolutely loved it. It’s so real mesmerizingly incredible, and beautiful in such a raw and deep way. It’s written in such a way that it makes you keep reading, and even when you’ve
finished it, you can’t stop thinking about it. I would recommend this book to everyone, teens and adults alike. Thirteen Reasons Why gives such a clear and moving message that should be heard and understood by everyone.
Genre: YA/ Suspense
Publication Date: 2007
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
It seems that each time I get my hands on a book by Jay Asher, I finish it in two days or less. I don’t know why, but I’ll take a guess and say that his books are raw and honest. He says thinks just as they are.
A month ago I read The Future of Us and really enjoyed the book, but it was Thirteen Reasons Why that stole my heart.
Thirteen Reasons Why tells the story of Hannah Baker. A teenage girl who has committed suicide. But before that occurred, Hannah recorded a series of audio tapes in which she explained the thirteen reasons why she decided to kill herself. The main character, Clay, is one of the, but he doesn’t know what he did.
The book takes place over the course of one evening. Clay receives a box full of audio tapes and finds out that he has to listen to the tapes and pass them on to the next person, sort of like a chain letter, and if he doesn’t, another copy of the tapes will be released to the public, which would cause dangerous consequences for the involved. He listens to the tapes as he visits the places Hannah mentions in her tapes and discovers all the reasons why Hannah Baker decided to commit suicide.
As I read the book I felt sorry for Hannah, I related to the things she went through, and even cried a good deal of tears when the book reached its ending. And I because I felt like over the 288 pages of the book I had gotten to know Hannah a lot and had considered myself close to her. I listened to her woes and understood all of them. When the idea of suicide began to pop into her head, I wanted to stop her. To tell her not to go through it. To save her and convince her there was a lot to live for. I cried because I felt empty. I truly felt the lost of Hannah Baker. The author did so well portraying Hannah’s depression. It all felt so genuine. And the “snow ball” effect worked really well.
One of the major themes of this book was bullying. Hannah was bullied in many ways. Rumors were spread about her, people called her names, and they made her feel so lonely, so alone. They all gave her reasons to end it all. To give up. Even when some of the characters thought they were doing no wrong, they somehow contributed to Hannah’s reasons. It really goes to show that we don’t know how much impact our actions have on a person.
I loved every single scene of the book, but there were two that I like a bit better than others. Firstly, there’s the scene where we discover who the last person who caused Hannah’s dead is: her counselor. Hannah has given up in life, and this scene is pretty much her last cry for help. But the counselor didn’t realize then what Hanna was about to do. My other favorite part was the end. Clay had seen this girl, Sky, having a lot of the same symptoms Hannah had had (changing appearance), and at the end of the book he went to talk to her. We don’t really know what happens after this, but I like to think that Clay stopped this girl from committing a huge mistake. Perhaps the same mistake Hannah Baker had made.
I have never felt so connected to a character before. I have never related so well. It’s a weird feeling, really, relating and feeling for a fictional character, and yet it’s also somehow liberating. Even though Hannah might not be real there are teens who feel the same way she did. Helpless, lonely, lost. The cause of those feelings might be many, bullying, a dysfunctional family, or a hurtful rumor. Things that a lot of teens these days go through.
And there was a quote that touched me very much. A quote that made me break down. The quote is located on page 280. It is told in Hannah’s perspective and goes like this: “A lot of you cared, just not enough. And that…that is what I needed to find out.” This quote is heartbreaking and it is easily the best quote of the book.
This book came in 2007 and it surprises me that I haven’t picked it up until now. I have heard of it before, of course, and I was even aware that Selena Gomez is going to play Hannah Baker in the movie adaptation for it, but I haven’t had enough interest to pick it up. Thirteen Reasons Why really shows that we need to be careful what we say or do. You never know if you’re affecting someone or not. You need to open your eyes and help that friend who so desperately needs to be aided. This book is eye-opening, it has had such an effect on me, and I would recommend it to everyone! Gah, what was wrong with me? I want to keep gushing and gushing about this book, but that would be very annoying for everyone, I’m sure. So I’ll leave you saying that Jay Asher has become one of my favorite authors.
I don't really know where to begin. For me this book was like driving past a car accident. You know it is going to make you feel terrible, that what you are going to see is awful - but you have to look anyways. I was completely and utterly engrossed with this book. I simply could not put it down, I needed to see how Hannah's life kept snowballing out of control.
Everything was beautifully written, and I loved how all the stories were intertwined. I do not want to give anything away - but Hannah's story really made me think about how a seemingly small act can really affect a person. I also really appreciated how realistic the events were - nothing was particularly far fetched. I would definitely recommend this book, especially to fans of books like the Virgin Suicides or The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Teenager Hannah is driven to suicide by a chain of events that leave her hopeless. But before she takes her own life she records her story on thirteen tapes each with their own story. She leaves these tapes in the hands of someone she trusts to send them to the thirteen people she put on the list. Clay one of her classmates that had a crush on her comes home to find these tapes he listens to them and he learns that if he would have asked her a question as simple as is something wrong he might have saved her life. He learns that what he did didn't negatively effect her it was what he didn't do.