BOOK REVIEW: Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher

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.

The moment I started reading this book I could not leave it. I read it for hours and hours slowly falling in love with the book .  This book for me was one of those few books I will read again and again and never get tired or bored of reading. It was truly a great book.

Basically it tells of Clay Jensen, a high school student who receives a box of audiotapes narrated by a girl who he had a crush on, Hannah Baker, who has recently committed suicide. The book interweaves her words from the audiotapes with his comments and memories. It gives Hannah’s reasons why she did what she did and names the people (who also are receiving audiotapes – each person is to mail them to the next person on the list) and why they contributed to what happened. It may have been something big, somewhat small, something seemingly innocent, something no so much. But it all leads up to Hannah not being able to cope by herself even when she reaches out for help. If anyone can read this and see themselves in it and make changes – or even better see someone else and reach out in compassion, this book will have a huge effect.

It’s sad, amazing, heartbreaking, and hopeful, all at the same time. I dare you to read it and not become so immersed in the story that you lose track of time and your surroundings. You’ll cry, several times, while reading this story. You’ll have no choice but to think about your actions, and wonder what type of effect they have on other people.

I am absolutely blown away by Jay’s writing. She wrote the book with such great emotion and her writing makes you feel like you are actually going through everything that is happening in the book.

This book was honestly THE BEST BOOK EVER! EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS MIND BLOWING, FANTASTIC BOOK.

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