Thirteen Reasons Why

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Amazing... Period!
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Reader reviewed by Vanessa

Summary: Clay has just received cassettes that tell the story of his used-to-be crush's life, Hannah, who committed suicide. She explains her thirteen reasons to end her life and Clay (as well as the other 12 people) have to hear them. Throughout the stories, the 13 people will learn what really happened and everything Hannah has been through.

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Hannah was amazingly well written. I understood everything she said. Clay got kind of annoying because he kept thinking in his mind as he was hearing the tapes. The ending is good. Mr. Porter made me angry, what kind of counselor speaks like that? It was intriguing. It got more and more serious as the book went on because at first I was like why would you kill yourself for that? I liked how everything was interconnected (if this happens, then it causes this). It was a great book. Go read it now!

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Why She Did It, and Who Drove Her to It
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Reader reviewed by Stephanie

At first, Clay Jensen is pleasantly surprised when he receives a mysterious packaged shoebox in the mail, with no return address. It contains seven audio cassettes. Then, the excitement turns to shock and even a little fear when through the speakers comes the voice of Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush&who committed suicide just two weeks before.

Clay doesnt really want to listen on, but Hannah has prepared the story of thirteen people, thirteen people who influenced her life and drove her to end it. Why did this beautiful girl, whom Clay has always been too afraid to get to know better, do this to herself? What is the significance of the tapes?

You cant stop listening and you cant pretend that you didnt hear her shocking story. What Clay learns about Hannah and several other people last night will stay with him for the rest of his life.

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY is a crazy-cool concept. I couldnt put it down; I dont think its possible, once you begin to read Hannahs words, since, like the characters in the book, how can you guiltlessly ignore her tragic tale? Readers get to know Hannah, that poor lost soul, pretty well, and Clay pretty decently too, but unfortunately I wouldve liked a little more information about all the other secondary characters in the novel.
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Why She Died
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Reader reviewed by stephanie

Clay Jensen found a shoe box filled with cassette tapes when he came home from school. The package had his name on it and when he opened it, he found that the cassette tapes were from his classmate, Hannah Baker, who had committed suicide just two weeks before. At first, he thought he had nothing to do with her death, however, when he pressed play on the first cassette, he found that he was one of the reasons why she had committed suicide. Her voice tells him that if he continues to listen, hell find out why. There are seven tapes with thirteen different people and thirteen different reasons why she had felt compelled to die. Before her death, he had received a map and using the map as a reference; he went and traveled to each of her appointed destinations. Through out the night, Clay traveled and listened to each of her reasons. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannahs pain and learns the truth about himself something that he had never wanted to face. This book started as a flashback, the morning after he had finished listening to the tapes, and ended with Clay learning to overcome his weakness allowing him to spread out his hands and help others. This book has a strong sense of reality and will keep you hooked.
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let us take a moment to be awed
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Reader reviewed by abscae

Well, Mr. Asher, I must commend you. One of first books you've written, and the first YA book at that, has been a huge success. And I cannot deny you any of the praise: you deserve it all. I have to say, while I was not entirely thrilled by Hannah, I was astounded by your writing. It was deeply moving and inspirational, and let us hope that your words carry us all to think before we act towards others. This book led me to tears because it was such a heartbreaking tale.

It also disappointed me. Nothing to do with your writing at all, I know when you produce more books in the future, I'll the first one to check them out of the library. No, it has more to do with Hannah's character. While I felt that she deserved recognition, I don't think that her actions were justified. While I love the idea that created the story, I hate the plot behind it. The tapes were great, don't get me wrong. I just hated the fact that Hannah, a human being who had the ability to think for herself, blamed thirteen other people for her action. While she might be justified in blaming them for causing her hurt, those thirteen people did not know that their minor actions caused something so catastrophic. Granted, this novel is a phenomenal tale of that, showing others what the smallest action can do. However, in committing suicide and sending those tapes out, Hannah took out her anger. And in doing so, she doesn't even realize that she could hypothetically become 'one reason why' for another.

However, I have to recommend this book to others. It was dawning and a simply amazing read.
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Voice from the Grave
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Reader reviewed by bookworm9

When Clay receives a box of audio tapes in the mail, he's shocked to find they're a narrative from Hannah Baker, a classmate-- and crush-- who recently killed herself. Then he's horrified when she says these tapes have come to him for a reason-- because he's one of the thirteen people who led her to her decision.

Over the course of a long and tortorous night, Clay listens to all thirteen tapes, which go into detail about what caused Hannah's suicide. The book is set up like an eerie dialogue, as Clay responds to Hannah's words, but she obviously will never hear him.

There are a few twists in the narrative, but the way the story is told is the novelty, not the story itself. Clay is guilt-ridden but otherwise non-descript, and Hannah is bitter and self-pitying. The ending is not the greatest (a little too neat in its parallels), but it's an interesting, if pretty depressing, read.

(I would call it a fourteen and up book, though... definitely not for twelve year olds!!)
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Good Read
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I loved this book and I thought it was more Realistic Fiction with what you would like to call Mystery, but you know it isn't because the outcome of the story is the plot. I, as a bit of a crime- seeking reader, enjoyed the fact that there wasn't any surprise that she had not killed herself, though I did feel bad for her and Clay, as this book tends to pull the heart strings. With high school life and all the things building around her, I can sort of understand why she did, what she did.

P.S: I imagined Clay as Drew Seeley the entire time I read it, don't know why...
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Thirteen Reasons Why
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Reader reviewed by Erica

Thirteen Reasons Why is a darker book that is not forgetable. It wasn't a book I could necessarily say I "enjoyed" but it was a real eye opener and a great book. It deals with the horrors suicide. Jay Asher does a great job with the plot in the story, making sure readers are drawn in and kept there, then leaving with a message. There was quite a bit of suspense throughout the book.

Hannah was such a strong narrator telling her own story. She filled the tapes with such life that it seemed you were right there with her the entire time, instead of listening in on her life. Clay was my favorite character, he was so easily likeable.

I liked that the ending seemed to wrap up nicely, and that the entire story was told. There weren't any loose ends to leave you wondering, "What exactly happened there?"

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Tell me why.
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Reader reviewed by Chantel

Before taking her own life, she tapes 13 reasons why she did it.
She did because of the guy in the hot tub. She did it for the guy she liked, that she never knew liked her.
She did for 13 reasons you've got to read. It will make you think about how you treat other people.
and how you change thier lives with your words with meaning it.

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A Hard Look
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Reader reviewed by Megan the Librarian

This book was wonderfully written, and the premise was intriguing -- everyone wonders why people who commit suicide decide to make such a drastic choice.  This book provides its readers with the opportunity to see into Hannah Baker's mind in the days, moments prior to her death at her own hand.  I read the book in one sitting because I could not set aside the heart-wrenching voices of Hannah and Clay, one of the thirteen people who are chosen to hear the reasons why. 

I have mixed feelings about this book however.  On one side, I feel like many people could benefit from seeing how their words and actions, no matter how seemingly insignificant at the time, affect those around them.  Maybe feeling Hannah's pain as she was affected or hearing Clay's anguish as he wishes that he could have helped her would help make people more understanding of others. 

On the other hand, this book doesn't make the statement that suicide is never the right answer.  Someone who isn't suicidal will pick up on the subtleties the author uses to make this point -- the pain of those left behind, Hannah's larger issue of depression -- but younger readers or people who toy with the idea of committing suicide could see Hannah's route as glamourous or a way to get revenge, which is not the message that anyone wants to send.

In all, it's a powerful book, one that brought me to tears.  In fact, it's one I think parents could benefit from reading with their teens.  I just have concern in the back of my mind about how some adolescents will interpret the story.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
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Thirteen Reasons Why (stylised as Th1rteen R3eason Why) follows shy high school teenager Clay Jensen.

Clay has received a box of with seven cassette tapes. Upon listening to them he learns that they were recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate, workmate at the local cinema, and his crush, who recently committed suicide.

Hannah instructs the listener that there are thirteen reasons as to why she decided to take her own life – and if they received these tapes their ‘name will pop up’.

Clay is the ninth person to receive the tapes and when he is finished he must mail them on. The novel opens with Clay posting the tapes and then cuts back to the day before, one hour after school, when Clay opens that box that will change his outlook on life.

The rest of the novel follows Clay as he travels around his small town with a Walkman and a map Hannah left with starred locations, as he listens to her final words.

The novel has a dual narrative with transcripts of Hannah’s tape recordings italicised amongst Clay’s first person narrative.

It reads very much like a thriller with the reader learning about Hannah’s pain along with Clay. There is the suspense that one has to listen to the tapes and send them to the next person otherwise all tapes will be released publicly.

As well tackling the tough issue of teen suicide the novel addresses rape, bullying, gossip, peer pressure, underage drinking, and survivor’s guilt.

n 2016, a 10th Anniversary Edition entitled Th1rteen R3asons Why: A Novel was released. It featured a new introduction by Asher, the novel’s original ending, reproductions from Asher’s notebook that he used while writing, deleted moments, the synopsis he sent to publishers and a reading guide.

In 2011, Universal Studios purchased the rights to the novel with the intention to develop it into feature film starring Selena Gomez as Hannah. In 2015 it was announced that Netflix was developing the novel as a series with Gomez serving as an executive producer.

The series 13 Reasons Why went onto Netflix on March 31.
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