Thirteen Reasons Why Book Review

In Jay Asher’s book Thirteen Reasons Why, we get travel back in time slightly and listen to cassette tapes.  Yet, the cassette tapes don’t have music on them, nor an audiobook.  We get to hear the Thirteen Reasons Why Hannah Baker committee suicide, but our story starts with reason number nine: Clay Jensen mailing the cassettes to the next person on ‘the list”.

Through out the book, we get to follow Clay as he relieves some of Hannah’s last thoughts and the reasons that she has to end her life.  We get to travel the teenage wasteland of first kisses and heartbreaks, the bonds of new friendships formed and ruined, underage drinking and the aftermath of that and how all of this lead up to Clay finding the package of cassette tapes at his house the night before we enter this story.

Yet, what I found love-able about this book is how Clay’s reactions would be what one’s would be to receiving these tapes and reliving some of the last thoughts of a person’s life.  Reading this book was also compelling because the situations and overall story is something people can relate to.

I’m not saying that every single person who ends up on a list as “having the best ass” or a horrible first kiss ends up wanting to kill themselves, but it’s the little thins that add up to someone wanting to take their own life.  It’s these things that Hannah experiences that makes the book believable.

This is a great book, I think, for young adults to read.  All though some of the content is on the heavier side of things, I think that it explores what teenagers are thinking and how their peers shape their lives.  I think Asher did a pretty good job at writing a story about teenagers that seem realistic.


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