13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

13 Reasons Why

byJay Asher

Paperback | March 7, 2017

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Featuring cover art from the Netflix original series executive produced by Selena Gomez, with exclusive interviews and photos inside!

“Eerie, beautiful, and devastating.” —Chicago Tribune

“A stealthy hit with staying power. . . . thriller-like pacing.” —The New York Times

Thirteen Reasons Why will leave you with chills long after you have finished reading.” —Amber Gibson, NPR’s “All Things Considered”

You can’t stop the future. 

You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

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.

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JAY ASHER's debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller, has sold over 3 million copies in the United States alone and is now a thirteen-part series on Netflix. The Future of Us, his second novel, was co-authored with Printz Honor winner Carolyn Mackler. He is also the author of the New York Time...
Title:13 Reasons WhyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.89 inPublished:March 7, 2017Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from this is amazing this book is amazing. i could visually see every part of this book and there are some parts where i have to just take a 5 minute break. totally recommend it to everyone!
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written Read this a few years ago but decided to reread after the show was released. Though I don't think this is all that realistic I feel the writing and the overall story is more than capable of pulling in readers. I feel Jay wrote this in all the best ways he was capable of and I personally enjoyed it very much. Touches on subjects that may be harder for some readers (rape, sexual assault, death, suicide, etc.) I would recommend for people who are fans of the show and wouldn't recommend for people who may get triggered by some of the content matter. Definitely iffy on some of the ideas behind mental illness but I feel like some parts such as the one with the guidance counselor seemed more realistic than some may realize and just added a nice touch.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! Not exactly the same as the show. But still great.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I bought this book such a long time ago and I can honestly reread it all the time. It is such a good book! I don't recommend that kids that aren't teenagers read it as it is a mature book. I definitely recommend.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I bought this book right after I watched the netflix series knowing that the books are always 10x better. So far it is.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED LOVE LOVE IT!! Although this story is sad, I found i was able to relate to the characters (thinking back to when I was younger). This book is the reason why I got back into reading and I'm so thankful for that. You will not be able to put this book down as the author leaves each chapter hanging; leaving you needing to know more! I certainly recommend this book to all as it gives an incite to what kids are going through these days. This is one of my all-time favorite books.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing I first read this book 5-6 years ago. This book really gets me emotional but in a good way, I've loved it before it became a show and its my favourite book to this day
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book!!! I bought this book before the tv series came out because I thought I was worth it to read the book before I was going to watch the tv show. The book is amazing and in my opinion better than the show. The book has a lot more detail than the show in my opinion and the show (even though it is amazing) doesn't capture the book as a whole in my opinion. The show skips some aspects of the book that I find very interesting and important.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A terrible example of real issues I give this two stars only because the writing wasn't bad and the story was gripping, but I hated everything else about this so much. The way the issues are presented is horribly inaccurate and a bad example for girls everywhere, both those who have these issues and those who don't. This is pretty much a massive revenge story, not a story about mental illness. Suicide is the result of mental illness or extremely traumatic events the majority of the time, and while I recognize that there are exceptions, this book portrays an exception as the general.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Painful This world-shattering read is definitely for mature readers. It was very well-written and shows the harsh reality of suicide and depression, though there is much controversy around this book and the ideas behind it, it is a very important topic to discuss, and I do believe this book could help get the discussion going.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not exactly the biggest fan I honestly don't know what I expected from this book when I bought it but it certainly wasn't some angst-y suicide/revenge plot with poor understanding and problematic depiction of depression. Depression and suicide should not be shown to be a way to get revenge on your peers and give young readers the impression that is an option available to them. The writing was okay, and really the only thing that got me through and, I can't lie, was the set up of the tapes because I had to figure out how it all came about.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intersting Read #plumreview I got this book after watching the Neflix show. Interesting read that got a big discussion going about mental health. Definitely not a book for everyone.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read I bought this to read before I watched the television series on Netflix, a good book and a great message. Different than the show, but would highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth your time! Everything about this book is wrong. From start to end my exact though was "wtf". In my personal opinion it did not accurately represent what it is like to be depressed or have suicidal thoughts. Not worth your time and definitely would not recommend this book to anyone. Would give this book zero stars but this site would not let me.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unsettling Reality! It has stuck with me, Hannah baker's sad story is like so many of todays youth...sadly! A Must read for those with teenagers....just pulls on this mother's heart.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So sad. It has stuck with me, Hannah baker's sad story.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad example for kids The whole story seemed to justify suicide as a revenge tactic. It made it seem like the only way to be heard was to commit suicide.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INTERESTING BOOK an amazing and very detailed story. amazing plot and very realistic
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written Loved it, but touches on touchy topics.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I got this shortly after watching the show, and I loved both
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This should never have gotten published Suicide is a terrible thing to have happen. It is not something to take lightly, and I think it's the most tragic way for someone to die. This being said, Thirteen Reasons Why did not handle the content appropriately. Hannah was portrayed as a whiny teenager, who had a relatively normal life. I'm sure everyone has been bullied at some point, however, it's up to us to decide whether to instantly cave to the reputation like Hannah (who seemed like a strong character at the start and an unlikely thing for her to do, especially with how she was portrayed in the Netflix series) or ignore what others say, because what they do or say does not define us. You choose what defines you. Hannah chose to let their words define her without a fight, in fact, she openly accepted it. When she said no one wanted to fight for her either, she obviously wasn't listening to all the people around her who were supporting her (Clay, both student counselors, etc). And then she tried to shift the blame onto other people for HER action. Suicide hurts people in unbelievable ways, and for her to blame others for her choice and then consider her action as good, is sickening. She had no reason to kill herself and no reason to blame others, especially when she let a lot of those sad/frustrating things happen, or did nothing to stop them, because all she needed to do was the right thing (call the police, confront people, explain herself, etc.) and everything would have worked itself out. Crying in a closet, then never calling the police about the rape she witnessed, then blaming Justin and Bryce is inexcusable. That's called aiding and abetting. Poor, poor execution of content. I would suggest reading To Save a Life by Jim & Rachel Britts instead. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I absolutely loved this book! I read it in one day and couldn't stop reading! The topics mentioned in this book are definitely something you need to bring attention on. I would definitely read again. PS. If you watched the show and didn't read the book... GO READ THE BOOK RIGHT NOW
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tough, but Important I read this was back when I was twelve, and I don't think I understood what it meant as much as I do now. To be honest, in my opinion the controversy over the show only began because suicide was finally being talked about. I think Jay Asher does an incredible job of portraying suicide while not glamourizing it. His book is such a page-turner, and at the end I was crying. I loved the end with Clay catching up with Skye - it goes to show how understated yet truly important kindness can be. I think this is a novel that should be read and referred more.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great. I read this book a few years ago, and I've always really enjoyed it. If you watched the show and didn't read the book, please read it! It's such a powerful story.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thirteen Reasosn Why I think this will help many people that deal with depression, and what to do in these situations I recommend to watch the tv show too.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I didn't watch the show, but really enjoyed the book. Page turner, there were parts of it I didn't like but it definitely kept my attention.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Triggering and Harrowing Has triggers for a lot of things. Was harrowing and made me think of how my actions have consequences.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Conflicted This book was definitely a hard read, it's full of heavy and heartbreaking topics and is probably triggering to many. I did however enjoy the writing itself.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Difficult Subject Matter I read this book quite some time ago & have since watched the TV Series based upon it. (The book is much better in my opinion, but isn't that almost always the way?) The topics brought up in the story are something that is, unfortunately, going on in all schools around the world. Much kudos to Jay Asher for having the courage to bring these subjects to the forefront and for opening a door for parents to be able to discuss these difficult things with their teenagers.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Such a good story, I couldn't put it down #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tough Issues Tackled As a parent, I read this book (and watched the show) because the kids were all talking about it. I wanted to know what was in it, and it gave me an opening to discuss some dark and scary issues with my son. I do recommend reading this as it gives an insight into the teenage mind and how they see things so differently from adults.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book was just such a powerful read. It was truly worth the read.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read The book takes a unique path while exploring a dark topic. The characters are easy to get attached to, and is very well written. It's definitely one that can be read over again.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very well written but very hard to read Couldnt stop reading, you get so attached to the characters but warning, this book is very depressing
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Difficult Read Very well written and while I found it a very difficult read, it definitely opens up the topic of suicide, and allows for discussions to happen between people and within society.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pivotal jay asher talks about an issue that mainstream media doesn't really want to talk about. he captures what it means and what it looks like for people with depression. could he have done a better job? maybe, but for the few books that actually talk about difficult issues, this one is pretty good. I watched the show too, and the show doesn't do it justice. read the book. it's better.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What a different, mind-blowing novel. A definite must read. This was a very different novel. I heard about it from my cousin who said that it was an amazing book and I am glad I took her advice in reading it and finding out for myself just how extraordinary this novel really is. There are so many important issues that are discussed in this novel. This means that this book may not be suitable for everyone, however, those who read it and those who can understand what the story is about will definitely learn something and appreciate this novel as a whole, while they are reading it and long after they have turned the final page. I have watched the series that was made based on this book, and I would recommend even for those who have watched the series and not read the book, to still pick up the book and read it. There are differences that you will find, and even though the series was very well made, it doesn't compare to the initial story line created by the author. A definite must read!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable and Dark Good read if you can handle challenging topics. Not enough discussion about mental health and depression but the story remains important
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from enjoyable I read this quite a few years ago and just recently watched the tv series adaptation f it, i enjoyed reading it as it had an interesting premise and view on a very taboo subject. i really enjoyed that the author took a risk writing and releasing such a risky novel. this said it is not something i will remember the rest of my life nor will ever go back to reread.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love the series even more as they expanded and drew out the events of the book. Wish the book was a little long as it is quite a quick read.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yes and no a book where it shows that theres two sides to every story. Make sure your mental health is positive while reading this book because it can take you to a really dark place.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read I read this book when it first came out years ago and it still shocks me how amazing it was. An important read that everyone should have.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from tv show is way better if you had to chose one watch the tv show over the book
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read with casution. Tough read..make sure emotionally and physically ready to read this.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A hard read but a good read... As someone who deals/works with depression, I find that this is a good introduction to mental health, especially for the younger audience. It can help open the minds of so many as well as how to determine if they or their friends need help (there are small suggestions on how to determine if someone is troubled). Although the end left me rather unsettled, I can see how this could get kids to open up and ask questions.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved the book. liked the show I found this book while looking for something to read in my school's library and it opened my eyes. I would recommend this to young teenagers because I remember feeling very depressed around puberty and this book would help anyone who is considering suicide as an option. It never is and this book proves it.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 13 reasons sad + interesting about mental health. different from netflix in a way
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helpful This book is not easy to read.. It's very honest with real life issues. It does help in some aspects to help us understand what people are going through and how we affect people with our words.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Satisfying Read If you're coming here after watching the series, I wouldnt do it. I found the book quite different from the show and really i found after watching the show, the book just made me confused. If you're reading it without any prior knowledge then it's a great read
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book very sad but interesting take on the teenage mind, which I think is not far fetched, hopefully this brings awareness mental health among teenagers
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favorites It is sad but very interesting and fast paced. As soon as I started it I couldn't put it down. It took me less than a week!!!
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it. I found that it was difficult to read this book. I would read one page and feel so many different emotions. I could only read one chapter at a time. It made me think. About life, friends, family, everyone. To me, the goal of writing a book is to let others experience numerous sort of feelings throughout the journey of the characters he or she creates. Jay Asher reached this goal 10/10.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book, good lesson Good read,has a very intense message. Has some very triggering and dark topics so you should keep that in mind before deciding to read.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mature Read I bought this book before a few years ago, before the Netflix series, wondering if it would be a good read for my Grade 7 class, but it was way too mature for that age group.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from important this book actually had a meaning
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A chilling yet well written novel. It makes you think twice about all your actions and the decision you make.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important read Is a really important read for high schoolers. If you've watched the tv series, I definitely recommend reading the book for more context. The book approaches the topic with greater sensitivity. Also recommend reading up on the symptoms of depression and making sure you know how to get help for yourself and others, if needed.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 13 reasons heavy to read. interesting
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved the book! I loved that the author handled the book in a way that was really realistic. The situations that occurred and and how each small problem snow balled allows for the reader to really feel for Hannah. It is more of a heavy topic book however so it isn't one to read if your into fun and light hearted stories however all in all it is a great book worth checking out.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection Re-read this because of the TV show. I got it when it first came out a decade ago and it reminded me how good of a story it was. A book every teenager should read so they realize how their actions affect others.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Love this book, depressing but very good story.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent book I feel like this book is over hyped, overall its an okay read, but it does deal with some heavy themes so be aware of that before you read it.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tough truths I absolutely love what the author tried to do with the novel. The writing is beautiful, but the story was very hard for me to read. I had to take frequent breaks from reading because Hannah's story broke my heart. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone going through a difficult time, because it makes life seem even darker. However I think a lot of people should read this book to become aware of the fact that suicide is something real people resort to and all the effects it has on people around them. I think it's important to be able to talk about such subjects, but the content can be triggering for many people.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read I liked the fact that the book dealt with a lot of heavy subjects. Some characters did tend to get on my nerves though and some people were just difficult to relate to. All in all, I respected and liked what the book was trying to do (give some insight to issues some teens have to deal with).
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it. I heard about this novel years ago but did not read it and then with the release of the series on netflix which i watched i had to pick up the book which I found better then the series. It is a look into a harsh reality that many may find too graphic or a topic that shouldn't be addressed in this matter. I on the otherhand feel that the realness of the subject matter especially with the youth of today is something that should be addressed and understood. I absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved! amazing book. can be triggering for people dealing with any type of mental illness, take that into consideration when buying this book. portrays the struggle of mental illness beautifully without any sugar coating
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing book I think a lot of teens should read this book for the fact none of them really know that things could be so hurtful to somebody else either it being actions,words or even gossip I read this as a teen and it helped me threw a lot of tough stuff and what to say if I was in that situation to me it's a very helpful book
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Be warned. Well written, compelling, and heartfelt, this is a lovely book that can help some evaluate their behaviour towards others. But, for some of us, especially with mental illness, this could be seen as an enabling story line.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was all right Good read but I found not as detailed as the movie. It is a good reality book.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Good read but I found not as detailed as the movie. It is a good reality book.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Powerful You really feel the pain as you turn each page knowing what will ultimately happen.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was ok the t.v show was better and a little less problematic
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping Very good book - very sad but well worth the read
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Conflicting Good but not good. Hard to recommend since it is so depressing. But it accomplishes its goal of making you think hard.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good A lot of hype about this book but i found it very depressing. Leaves you feeling angry and sad at how things went wrong. I guess to bring awareness it is a good read but when i read it is to escape to a happier place and this was not it.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! This book was so spot on with the Netflix series its a hard story to read/watch just everything that poor girl went thru, but it is true first impressions can affect how easy life or how hard life can be. a single rumor or white lie can ruin someone's life so easily.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES! was such an amazing book!!
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good An interesting read. Well written.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Important Read this 4 years ago and it has still stayed with me, it made me feel uncomfortable which is important learning. Suicide needs to to talked about this opens the conversation
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Needs to be Read This is one of those books that needs to be read. The message is powerful and profound and extremely important in today's society where kids hide behind screens and bully each other. I do admit that the Netflix series had a much stronger impact on my than the novel, but the novel should nonetheless be read. I do advise caution when reading and watching, as the material is very serious and at times highly disturbing, especially if you get triggered easily by the subject material.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wow #plumrewards. It's a gripping take on the teenage life and what comes with it. A bit depressing though and the kid doesn't try to help himself
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read It's haunting but so inspiring. Good story and creative concept. Good read.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit of a grey area... I remember enjoying this book while I read it and I remember the experience of reading it fondly. However, now that I'm not a depressed teen anymore I can see quite clearly how this book encouraged/validate the anger and hatred I felt for everyone around me. I don't mind validating people's feelings but this boo does nothing to mitigate or explain that blaming people (including yourself!) for mental health issues is NOT the path to recovery. In conclusion: it's well written but I'd be very careful if you see a teenager you know reading it. As an adult I'd be wary of it unless you're absolutely confident that you can handle it.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting The book was very interesting. I didn't feel bored and just wanted to keep reading!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong Message Read this 2 years ago. Just finished watching the series on Netflix. Gives readers a strong message behind this serious issue. Should be read by every kid in school.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This is an incredible novel about the repercussions of seemingly harmless actions. It explores the idea that your negative actions result in a snowball effect with deadly consequences. This novel is definitely tailored towards teens but it can be enjoyed by young adults as well.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kept me engaged Really good book that I still think of even though I haven't read it for years. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking story, but couldn't put it down. As a mom of a preteen, I really wanted to read this book to get in the mindset of some the the kids these days. Well written. I needed to have a box of tissues close by at all times. Love how you really got to know the characters.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so sad but so good Even better than he TV show
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from strong message very strong message, its good that someone is talking about these things- they seem to be ignored for the most part in any sort of media
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Target age group is accurate Prior to picking up this book, I read some of the headlines surrounding the controversies on the Netflix series. However, as a social justice educator, I must disagree with what many have commented about the premise of the story- suicide. It is evident that the author has chosen a pre-teen/teen age group for his novel and personally, I thought this was an important story that everyone of our middle to high-school aged students need to read. Suicide is not a new topic but encouraging dialogue around the subject is imperative. It is linked to mental health and to sugar-coat it, would be ridiculously silly. Society seems to want to turn a blind eye when signs of mental health issues are showing, which is one of the main messages I think Jay Asher is trying to convey in this story. In no way does he glamorize or suggest students should commit suicide, however through the character of Clay, he is encouraging students to take that step to reach out to students who are showing symptoms. I think the story is an accurate reflection and reality for many students globally who suffer from mental health issues; it is a very clear depiction of what one may think is harmless, may not actually be as such for someone else. Yes the topic is heavy, but it IS the reality for many people and to sugar-coat it would do absolutely no justice for those who are suffering or have suffered. It is needed, particularly for the target age group.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from IGNORANCE, can kill. While some people say this is a book about a teenager committing suicide, some even say it "glorifies" the act itself (including some School Boards), but I hold a different opinion. I don't agree with any of those comments, especially about the "glorifying". It challenges us to rethink how we have become ignorant, as an individual, as a group, as a community. How we turn a blind eye to the people that need our help. How we kept silent when we could have spoken up. So often we blame the victim "You should have asked for help", and this goes the same with Clay. We have a habit to put blames on the victim, for taking their lives, for not trying to deal with the issues they are facing but how do we know they haven't tried? Because they didn't say so? Because they didn't tell us? Its because we refuse to see their outstretched hand, reaching for us, their silent screams for help. We chose to ignore those "signs", so the only way for them to deal with it, is to "move on". Even when we do see the signs, we "wait" for them to "come out from their shell" rather than trying to be proactive. Hannah did try to get help, she tried to find another way out, but everyone around her has let her down (except the parents, for some reason the author has decided to left them out of the equation). I don't think Hannah is trying to blame the people on the tapes for her death, but rather she took her life for a whole other reason (in my opinion anyway. I can't say too much otherwise I'll ruin it for you). I think she was trying to explain to the people who she named on the tapes that what they have done to her has ruined her, and her life. They need to know what they have done have a spiral effect that none of them can foresee or control, and they should take responsibilities for the consequences of their actions. I think this book should be listed as a curriculum in the social services studies or courses that works a lot with youths. This should not be just for Teens, this should be read by everyone. This book will stay with me forever. Like Clay, like everyone named on the tapes, once you started listening, you will never be the same. You will not be the same person. Ever, again.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read Loved this book from beginning to end. The author did a great job of exploring this topic with both the viewpoints of Hannah and Clay's thoughts while listening to her tapes. I'm looking forward to seeing how the adapted it for the Netflix show.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book I couldn't put this book down, after I watched the show. However, if I could reverse I would have read the book first and then watched the show!
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This Read After finishing the series I immediately ordered the book to read and loved it! Couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very well done This is a balls out approach to topics that a lot of people have a hard time dealing with but need to be addressed. The author used a very interesting way to deliver his thoughts. I think it should be a must read for everyone.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! Great book with extremely important messages! characters and scenarios are extremely relatable. Perfect for students in high school but also exremely interesting to adults.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from it was ok... u need the right audience for this. wouldn't want it to fall into the wrong hands or give the wrong impression. the episodes were just as bad.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Praise for Jay Asher Jay Asher writes a beautiful novel about the harsh reality of high school. The book sits with you after you've put it aside and really makes you wonder.. Simply amaizing
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I loved this book to death! I re-read it almost everyday!
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relevant topic I think the storyline is important for today's youth. it is important that they see the consequences of their actions on others as well. Sad book but worth the read.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoy this book but its sad The book is a little sick in the sense of the sadness in the story line but its an interesting read and I think it probably can relate to a lot of teens.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Glorifies suicide #plumreview Not recommended; gory and glorifies suicide
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 13 Reasons Why Relevant topic with how many kids are bullied in today's society and how they feel the only option is to take their own lives Good book to help raise more awareness.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing Piced this book up after watching the netflix show and it is 100% worth a read.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 13 Reasons Why I read the book before the show came out and I loved it!! Though the book is a little depressing it really is an eye opener. it shows how little things that people do can have a major impact on others lives. Jay Asher took a serious topic and created a beautiful piece of literature and it truly is inspiring.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Seems so honest and real. Loved this book and really gets you to re-evaluate a lot of your own actions.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 13 reasons why I liked this book I felt like Clay listening and pausing the tapes throughout the night! Completely awesome. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating I couldn't put this book down! It really encourages discussion about many issues that teens and parents alike face. It's not just about the girl, but about how everyone is affected. This book really opened my eyes.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book #plumreview this book is great it relates back to the show which also great
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book I liked this book, I read it a nice few years ago now. Not long after it was released. Recently read it again and still loved it.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok I read this book a few years ago and still dont understand all of the hype for it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from an interesting read I didn't think I would like this book but it was pretty good
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive This book was very good, and I would defenitly recommend it to anyone looking for something intense and very moving.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it years ago I gave this book 4 stars when I was a teenager, and it's been around 4 years since I've read it so it's a little fuzzy. I do remember liking the emotion in the book-- it's very powerful, very sad, and Asher does a fantastic job of illustrating the pain that suicide inflicts on those that surround the person. That is one message I really liked. HOWEVER. Though Hannah's character is understandable in her place of depression or suicidal thought for being rash and unsympathetic, I don't think it's a good message for her to place blame on others. What they did to her was awful, but teen readers need to understand that it is also not okay to blame others for your own mental health. The netflix series is one of the only times I'd argue that the show/movie was better than the book, but I think the book is worth the read.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow what a eye opener this day and age. good read
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad Recently watched the series and now the book and it is truly moving
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It doesn't sit well with me I read this book in a very dark period of my life several years ago, and while the book is actually quite well written, the entire premise of the book is overall quite dangerous. The book delves more into blaming other individuals for suicide rather than focusing on the mental health aspect. Hannah Baker is one of the most unsympathetic main characters of any book I've read. It's great that this book/show has opened up a new dialogue for this topic, but that shouldn't make it a staple or a good example for anyone.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this 7 years ago It is a great book, highly recommend it. I am glad to see that it is more popular after the Netflix series came out.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE IT! I just bought this book at the indigo and on the way home I read it. Such a lovely story!
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Amazing This story is moving, and eye opener and a book I think that kids today should be reading. There are too many people in this world that are suffering in silence, because people don't realise how their actions effect other people. This book shows you just that, I am happy that I read it, and I would recommend it to other people.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! A sad and tragic reality for some in their teen years, I found this to be relatable in my teen years and found a sense of sad comfort reading it, it has a deep underlying meaning, I think it should be a requirement for teens to read it in high school
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this at 14 and still sticks with me, 6 years later. Definitely must read if you can handle the triggering topics discussed. Would not recommend for people who are triggered by sexual assault, rape, or suicide. Overall thought it was very well done and would definitely read again
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! the author captures what its like to be a teenager in high school. I recommend the Netflix series too!
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very relevant story in these brutal times:( Bullying has become a huge threat in our times. I know that bullying always existed but nowadays it has just escalated to another level and this story is perfect in portraying what impact it has and how it can lead to devastating results even death!
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We needed a story like this Brilliant! Watch the show on Netflix, it will worth your time. I promise.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real eye-opener Everyone should read this story
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so sad but such an important story No one understand the true affects of bullying until it is too late. Really loved the way the story portrayed the main characters and the emotions Hannah was going through from each "friend".
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Wrenching Story This is a heart wrenching story about Hannah Baker and Clay Jenson. I am so glad that this book was written because this stuff exists today and that is not okay. It is an emotional roller coast, eye-opening book that everyone should read.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart-wrenching read Heart-wrenching read. Make sure you read it before watching the new series on Netflix!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking and real I read this before the Netflix movie and loved it! But it terribly broke my heart. The author does not shy away from the tough topics and the subject matter was at times hard to read because it was heavy. But this book is a gem. The characters, both complex and interesting. The plotline and the the 13 reasons why. Such a unique premise and executed in a classy way. Highly recommend! Seriously. Everyone needs to read this book.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bitter Sweet I read the original novel, I watched the series, I read this book. I'm so glad they came out with a book similar to the show for readers instead of viewers. Such a page turner. I must admit, it can become a little depressing and sadening, but it's real. Nothing is better than reading a book, where people can reate, or know of loved ones who have been through such tradgety. Amazing read. Would defintely recommend this to family. friends. Even an educational read.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Freaking amazing! Incredible story that needs to be heard. Go watch the series on Netflix! You won't be disapointed!!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good novel for Teens I read this book a few Years ago, it was a fast read (finished it in a day). I enjoyed the book but ii found its more for teenagers or Young adults .
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a story! A great addition to your library.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Absolutely amazing read, as the pages go on and the story comes together and you see what happens when teenagers don't think before they act or don't think of there actions before doing things how the butterfly effect takes place and ripples through. I think everyhigh school should have a mandatory read on this book. Truly heartbreaking and amazing at the same time
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Grabbed my imagination Read an excerpt of this book and it is now on my wish list. Very interesting beginning.
Date published: 2017-03-16

Editorial Reviews

“Heavy but compelling. . . . Asher’s novel asks us to look at how petty cruelty can deal crushing blows.” —Miami Herald “Wonderfully realistic in his writing, Asher offers teens and parents alike a great story on an important topic.” —Green Bay Press-Gazette “It is a brilliant debut that will leave readers feeling a sense of remorse for Hannah, guilt for Clay, and hope for the lasting lesson of the story.” —Bookazine “Breakneck pace and dizzying emotion.” —School Library Journal “[Hannah’s] pain is gut-wrenchingly palpable. . . . Asher has created an entrancing character study and a riveting look into the psyche of someone who would make this unfortunate choice. A brilliant and mesmerizing debut from a gifted new author.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review and Editor’s Choice“Readers won’t be able to pull themselves away.” —Publishers Weekly “Asher's ability to convey the anguish of someone who was left behind is truly remarkable.” —Book Page WINNER OF Association of Booksellers for Children’s “Best Books” American Library Association’s “Best Books for Young Adults” and “Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers” Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Florida Teens Read Award California Book Award Kentucky Bluegrass Award Book Sense Pick International Reading Association’s “Young Adults' Choices” Finalist Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books” Kansas State Reading Circle’s “Recommended Reading List” New York Public Library’s “Book for the Teen Age” 16 State Award Master Lists  “Thirteen Reasons Why is a mystery, eulogy, and ceremony. Twenty or thirty times, I snapped the book shut when a sentence, an image, or a line of dialogue was too beautiful and painful. But I, afraid and curious, would always return to this amazing book. I know, in years to come, I will often return to this book.” —Sherman Alexie, bestselling author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian “Every once in a while you come across a book that you can’t get out of your mind, one you have to rush back to if you must put it down for some reason. Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why is one of those books, and is at the very top of my personal Must-Read list.” —Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of Tricks, Identical, Crank, Burned, Impulse, and Glass “A spectacular first novel. Jay Asher tells his story with such honesty and simplicity that the tragedy feels shatteringly real.” —Gordon Korman, author of Son of the Mob and Jake, Reinvented