Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why

Paperback | June 14, 2011

byJay Asher

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“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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THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER “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 st...

Jay Asher's debut YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, has appeared regularly on the New York Times bestsellers list for the past nine years. It has sold over 2.5 million copies in the United States alone and is currently in production to be a thirteen-part series on Netflix. His second YA novel, The Future of Us, was coauthored with Printz...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.4 × 0.86 inPublished:June 14, 2011Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:159514188X

ISBN - 13:9781595141880

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

Customer Reviews of Thirteen Reasons Why


Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BOOK THAT I CAN NEVER FORGET. I read this book in high school, and I can never forget any detail from this book. It got me hooked on what is going to happen next and who was next. One of the greatest books I ever read.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad but amazing A very emotional book but very good!
Date published: 2016-11-30
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Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep! What a unique story... It is such a brilliant plot!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Favorite Book! I love this book as well as the audiobook...What an eye opener and makes the reader realize on what they do other people...
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Perfectly written story that I believe many readers can relate to on some levels. Read at highschool level and truely felt emotion. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this. Sit-at-the-end-of-your-seat kind of read. Finished this book in a few short days because I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this!!! I could not put this book down! Had a great plot and characters. Such a tragic story but a must read for everyone!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't Put It Down Such a tragic topic but wonderfully written book. Such believable characters. Finished this book in a matter of hours.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I couldn't put this book down. Although the topic is tragic, the book reads well.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I read this in a day, its was so good. could barely put it down once i started.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling I adored this book. It was unlike any book that I've read in a while. It's a book that you think about for a long time after you've read it.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uniquely beautiful. very unique and breathtaking. I don't know what words to use to describe it, so I recommend everyone just read it and there is no way anyone will dislike this book. amazing.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book A very well written book. This book deals with serious subjects and is full of powerful emotions without being preachy or depressing. A perfectly relatable melodrama.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright The story was interesting and well written.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A powerful and emotional book One of the best books that I have read this year. I firmly believe that this book should be read in school. Maybe children would then think about the consequences of the way they treat people. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing amazing story
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing read this in two days, couldn't put this novel down. The story was well written and so many different emotions they should put this novel in all the schools to read.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible read I have read this book multiple times. The first time being a few years ago, and I still enjoy it to this day. There is something so captivating about this story, it's very interesting from start to finish!! Highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary how immersive it is A lovely book indeed. I took a break from reading this for a few months initially when i did purchase it but only months after did i realize reading was the perfect distraction. Getting lost in a book is something i'm sure every reader including myself looks for, and it sure came easily with this book. I found myself reading the whole book in just one sitting as i was glued to the pages and couldn't take my hands off it. The novel follows Clay, one of few others who were "lucky" enough to receive a mysterious box of tapes that tell the story of Hannah. The girl who committed suicide. I must give my compliments to Jay Asher for portraying a high school as accurately as possible. I got caught up in my emotions quite a few times hearing the depressing tales of Hannah. Not many books get me this attached but oh god 13 Reasons Why did an amazing job at that! I recommended it to my girlfriend who also read it all very quickly. A great read!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Over-hyped I actually read the SparkNotes version of this before because I was really intriuged by the plot but didn't want to spend any money on it. I think going into this with the whole story in the back of my mind but not remembering the details made the story not as enjoyable or emotionally gripping. After I guess the second time reading the book, I still don't get what the thirteen reasons are and I think this is crucial to the book as we try to understand Hannah's life story. To my understanding of the tapes and the way the story was written, I felt like the things leading up to her death were not valid enough for her to decide that she should commit suicide. I am not saying that her problems weren't terrible it's just that this book deals with such a controversial issue and people will definitely have differing opinions on the topic. I liked this book and everything but I just don't get the hype surrounding it.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing So happy I stumbled upon this book. 10/10
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved The Way The Story Was Told I loved the way the book was written. In terms of the story I liked it, but I wasn't really engrossed by the story like I usually am with books.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Blah Not an accurate portrayal of suicide and mental illness.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for all! As a teacher, I think this book should be mandatory for all adolescents! Bullying is a major issue that youth live through and this book is a wonderful wake up call for many. Very moving and meaningful.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! It's a great novel because it gives a really realistic portrayal of someone (Hannah) in deep depression with suicidal tendencies. It's not phony, it has an interesting concept with the whole cassette tape thing, which I really love, and most of all this novel speaks out against stigma regarding mental health. Something I'd like to see more in YA novels.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyable I really enjoyed reading this book
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Neat premise, terrible narrator The actual narrator of this book (not Hannah, but the guy listening to the tapes) was the most boring narrator of all time. He seems to have basically no personality and his reactions to the tapes don't really give me a sense of who he is at all. Also, why he was on the tapes is a mystery built through the book with kind of a cop-out of an answer. I probably would've enjoyed this book 1000% more if someone else had narrated it and the ending hadn't been quite so afterschool special about enforcing a "moral" to the book (that was already obvious anyway).
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You need to read this This book is amazing and will definitely change you for the better! 10/10 would read again!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read This book was quite shocking to me and I am still left wondering about an opinion. It offers "insight" into the mind of someone dealing with suicidal tendencies, but I also feel the placing of blame to be quite a dangerous topic. Like I said, I am still left wondering because I feel as though this may lend credence for people to simply blame others for their problems instead of trying to deal with them in a healthy way. Either way, this book has me thinking and wondering, which is the point of literature. I think many young adult readers would find this compelling.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I couldn't wait to read this book and it definitely did to disappoint. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down! Highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the read! I don't think that I could ever stop recommending this book for others to read. The storyline is dark but captivating and it's a book that you will not want to put down.
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST.BOOK.EVER!!!!!! I bought this book and so happy I did!!! I was hooked after the first chapter!!! Amazing!!!
Date published: 2016-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Officially my favorite book in the world I bought this book for my Ontario Grade 11 English ISU, and fell in love with it. This book definitely became more than a school project to me, and is officially my favorite book in the world right now.
Date published: 2016-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUTSTANDING BOOK I recently bought this book thinking it was going to be some dark and boring book, but I bought it because people at school were saying how much they loved it. So i bought it and read it- I read it in a day. This book was absolutely the best book I've ever read!!!!! The author's IS A GENIUS!!!!! I love this book so much, it was soooooo addicting ahhhh I'm definitely going to re-read this in the upcoming months. Also, this book was definitely life changing, It gave me a new perspective of life. - Some 15 year old girl
Date published: 2015-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a book Great book. Kind of dark but a good read
Date published: 2015-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from life changing. i read this book almost a year ago and have just reread it. it is simply the most captivating book. i couldn't put it down, i read it in every one of classes because i knew, i didn't have the will to put down such a master piece.
Date published: 2015-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blessed what an amazing book! Words can't describe how good it is, all I can say is experience the adventure for yourself. :)
Date published: 2015-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Ever since the day I picked it up it has trumped every other book i've ever read.
Date published: 2015-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book; emotional and thrilling. A gripping YA novel about motives, flaws and the inside of a girl's mind. Recommended to TFIOS fans.
Date published: 2015-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite book! Loved this book very much! I was so captivated by this story that I finished it in one day! The story is very touching and good.
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words Can't Explain After having to read this for my grade 10 English class, I fell in love with this book and waiting for a movie to be made. Sad ,funny and such a beautiful story to read.
Date published: 2015-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book, I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PHENOMENAL I could not put it down. I kid you not. It was that great.
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thirteen Reasons Why Suicide is pretty much common in teenagers, what's more sad is the peers aren't good enough to recognize the warning signs... And the adult, well, to them, it might be just one of the many complaints of the teens...
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting style While I really enjoyed the style of writing - what other story presents itself as a baker's dozen of cassettes - I wasn't a huge fan of the story.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I have no words to describe this book other than, It was amazing! I loved the characters and how I went on a journey with Clay to find out why hannah had killed herself. Loved this book soooooo much and would recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! This book is very deep in a good way. I learnt a lot of things from it. It's about the effect of our choices in life to others. Reading this make me realize that people face many kinds of problems everyday, even the simplest problem that we probably think is not a big deal can be stressful depending on how he-she look at it. I think it's all about perspective. And from this novel you will see things from Hannah Baker's perspective, how she saw her life.
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from must read This book is great I have never voluntarily read a novel before this one and I loved it. This book made me keep reading I couldn't stop. I stated reading it after all my friends had and it was worth it.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is an unforgettable read! It has mystery and romance tied up into one! I would deffinetly reccomend this!
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thirteen Reasons Why Amazing read. Really makes you think about how much your actions can impact others AND how your actions can be a savior you wouldn't ever know.
Date published: 2014-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from DEFINITELY PERTAINS TO REAL LIFE With all the stories of kids/teens being bullied this book is not 'fiction'. Hannah could be one of thousands of innocent kids who have been teased and had 'gossip' spread about them. Such a sad reality, and although I knew Hannah would commit suicide, I wanted someone, anyone, to help her. I can see how reading this book would save a real life, or lives, and for this alone Jay Asher should be commended. A tough subject, but one that needs to be told until the bullies stop. With any luck some bullies and gossipers may also be enlightened, we can only pray.
Date published: 2014-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is Amazing! A friend of mine referred me to this book and I am very grateful for that. The beginning could be slightly confusing, but it soon all makes sense. The love that Clay (a main character) feels for Hannah is unreal. But the situation is so true, especially at their age. This book has such strong emotions that it has remade rethink the way I treat people and the way I act. It is a definite must read if you are considering it. One of the best books I've read.
Date published: 2014-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read, in my opinion This has got to be my absolute favourite book. It shows people that the things you do and say, actually affects people more than you know. I love this book for many reasons but the reason I love it most is because I can relate to some of the things Hannah had to go through, and in a sense, reading it makes me feel a little less alone. I really recommend reading this book.
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really loved it! I read this about 2 months ago and I loved it, it was such a great book. It was such a powerful book, it showed how much simple things people don't think twice about can effect someone and build up inside them. The way Jay Asher wrote it keep me at the perfect balance of entertained and intrigued. I really loved it and I highly recommend it to any age group.
Date published: 2014-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I love this book
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down Everytime I started to read a part of the book, I just could not put the book down. You just want to know more about the reasons that were so strong that Hannah saw no issue but suicide. And poor Clay...I can't say no more you have to read this book, it's a powerful book.
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What if... Oh, the snowball effect and a life (death?) marked by what ifs. I really enjoyed this book. The narrative is different, the cassettes give it a nostalgic feel and, the topic, depressing as hell, bt relatable nonetheless. In the end, anyone and everyone could have done something different, Hannah included. The point is, I believe, that every action matters. Even those that seem inconsequential.
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great! very close to a lot of real world problems
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent It makes you look at life in a different perspective. One of the best books that I read
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from read it before bed and it made me even more tired I meant to read this book ages ago but finally got around to reading it this summer. It took me a couple weeks to finish--usually if I really like a book, I would find every spare minute to read it and would stay up late to keep reading. However, with this novel, I literally fell asleep with it in my hands. Sure, it was interesting. But not fascinating. I found Hannah Baker to be a little too sensitive (when she was alive) and a little too bitter (in her tapes). Her reasoning all seemed kind of stupid to me. It is indeed true that one, little thing has the potential to completely alter what happens in the future, but no one is able to predict the consequences of certain decisions or actions beforehand, so those people who "made her life miserable", in my opinion, were not exactly to blame. That's just like blaming the construction workers for building a house that caught on fire ten years after it was built. "Blame" can trace back to anyone. Simply put, Hannah seemed to overreact to the littlest things (e.g. when she was being used by someone at the party as "chaffeur"; I mean, EVERYONE probably experiences the feeling of being used at LEAST once in their lifetime. It's no big deal, in my opinion). All in all, the book did not seem realistic enough and although it tried to be, it was not in-depth. The most interesting part of the book was the romance section and explanation of why Clay received the tapes. ... Not a book recommended by me, but still an okay read.
Date published: 2014-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read I heard of this book through a friend. Didn't really think much of it until I stumbled upon it in the bookstore. After just reading the preview I knew I had to buy it. And it ended up being worth every penny. I finished this novel in one day. I highly recommend this book to any teens. Maybe this book will actually make you realize a difference in living life for appreciation and just because
Date published: 2014-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It all matters This book so artfully illustrates that ever interaction we have with others matters, regardless of how frivolous it seems at the time. Always, always approach the people you touch with words and deeds with love in your heart.
Date published: 2014-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thirteen Reasons Why Very good book, makes you think about how your actions affect the lives of others(:
Date published: 2014-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thirteen reasons why!!!!!!! An amazing story. I believe the young people of today, meaning high school students should read this book.
Date published: 2014-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow... This book is so touching and made me feel what no book has ever made me feel before- anger, fear and understanding all the same time. Anger at the assholes in the book, fear for Clay and for Hannah, and understanding for those on the tapes and for Hannah and what she dealt with. We've all seen situations like this which is what makes this novel so heartbreakingly honest
Date published: 2014-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comparable This is the best book I've ever read. No doubt. I've even read it several times. It really changed my way of seeing things. If something exciting, sad or everyday happens, I will compare it to this. You don't want to miss this!
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tissues are necessary I don't think there was one chapter in this book that didnt make me cry. And then the ending had me bawling for about an hour. Nonetheless, great book. Absolutely beautiful in its own destructive way. Really gave me a new on life.
Date published: 2014-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Literally my favorite book. So deep and sad but light and wonderful. Love it
Date published: 2014-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mommy and me read Great book that Minnie-Me chose for our mommy and me read. Fast paced (finished it in 2 days). Full of emotion towards Hannah - hard topic to discuss but an eye opener on how hard life is for teens and how we need to notice the signs early on to help them.
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!! Jay Asher is a magnificent author! I am now nearing the end of the book and I cant believe the people Hannah had to deal with, its disgusting! This book really gives you the scary reality of teen suicide and bullying. AN I cant wait to read his other book the Future of us also by Jay Asher! :)
Date published: 2014-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely Storyline 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher was an intense novel to say the least. It tells the story of a girl who takes her life through recordings that she made blaming 13 different people for why she ended everything. These recordings, of course, would have been passed around to those 13 people after she ended her life. I loved this idea for a novel, but I would hate for something like that to happen in real life. I find that when reading, I get attached to characters as if they were real and always wonder what happens with their lives after the story ends. For example, if I listened to a recording and found out that I was partially responsible for someone’s suicide, I would feel horrible and blame myself. Although this made for a great story, I think that in real life, making recordings of why you ended your life and blaming others is mean and would probably not have a positive impact on anyone. When I first started reading, I found it a bit confusing since the person listening to the recordings, Clay, who is also the narrator, put his perspective of the situation in-between different parts of the recording. For example, Hannah would say something on the tape, then Clay would reply, followed by Hannah continuing her story. After a couple chapters, it gets easier to follow. My favourite part would be following the map inside the front cover of the book. Throughout, Hannah would reference different locations in her hometown where events occurred and they were all marked on the map. Every time a new location was given, I stopped reading, flipped to the inside of the cover, found the location, and then continued reading. I thought this was a great way to involve the reader and keep them entertained throughout. This novel would appeal to anyone young and old looking for an interesting read with a different storyline.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eyeopening As a teen, i can say that this book was not only intriguing and captivating, but also eyeopening. It shows the delicacy of life and how fast people can succumb to it and the struggle of those that survive. STRONGLY recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good book! I found this book to really show you how such small actions can change someones life. A very good read, well paced and very well written. 
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read it in a day! Loved this book so much.
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A heartbreaking tale.... A great read ... really makes you think about how the smallest action can affect those around you. A great lesson for young adults, and even some adults!
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Very Good I did not think this book is worth all the hype or any at all. I really feel like this book was not good due to the fact that not many things occurred or really any climax happen that was big enough to make the book. Everytime something little would arise or what i think would be the climax it didn't deliver and before i knew it i was done the book. nothing happened that i would be able to remember later. i did not like this book one bit and personally i kinda wasted my time reading it.
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't seem realistic I bought this book thinking it would be a good read with a compelling story, but I was wrong. I really disappointed to find that her reasons for committing suicide were rather small and didn't seem like anything that someone would kill themselves over unless they are suffering from some mental illness. I admit that I am a little older than the reading age for the book but I couldn't get over how the characters spoke to each other. I wasn't convinced that I was reading a story through the eyes of a teenager, but rather a middle aged man who THOUGHT this was how teenagers would interact and respond to certain situations. All the characters talk like they are in some soap opera or after school special. I like the basic idea of the story but don't feel it was executed very well, lets just say I wasn't surprised when I read that this was the first book he published.
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book will captivate you and make you think about how even the little things you do can cause somebody else harm. This is a must-read for young adults.
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not the best bought this book after reading great reviews about it, but had to say it isn't all that great. I was expecting much better, i found myself waiting for the good part the entire book but it just wasn't there. 
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this. This book is my all time favorite! I seriously could not put it down and if I did, it didn't take long for me to pick it back up. Page after page was a new twist to the story. This story was to die for. Poignant and amazing. Just read it...
Date published: 2013-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional yet conflicting. Amazing and unique story line! I felt some of Hannah's reasons were immature but on the whole a great read. Very emotional and relatable!
Date published: 2013-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting, Dual Narrative Thirteen Reasons Why is an interesting, dual narrative between a young lady, who struggles with high school rumours and her male counterpart, who is too afraid of what others think. The book captures human attention from the beginning as the reader anxiously awaits the arrival of Clay Jensen and his unique role in Hannah Baker’s mysterious, solitary life. This New York Times and international bestseller is overflowing with brilliance as it holds the reader in suspense, while feeding the addictive nature of the reading beast. If anyone is interested in a simple, yet cryptic novel to fill their reading needs, then Thirteen Reasons Why is just what you’re looking for.
Date published: 2013-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read this! you won't regret it!
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrifyingly Beautiful and Real Thirteen Reasons Why is a powerful, emotional book, that really makes you reflect on your life and the impact you have on others. Its amazing and a great book for teens! The plot is amazing and so real, and the characters are so... Wow. Every character in this book has a story, and we not only get to see Hannah's story, but Clay's, and part of everyone else's. For even the smallest amount of time we get to know each character, readers get a feel for who they are and their personallities. We get to see how they react in certain situations, and get to really put ourselves in, like i said before, not only Hannah's shoes, but everyones. Clay is... Well, he is certaintely the right character for this book. The emotions and feelings he goes through is astonding, and the fact that we, readers, can connect with him and understand what he - and Hannah, too - are going through really is a sign of great writing. I feel like we really get to know him throughout this short period of time - a little over 48 hours - and we really get to figure out what kind of person he is. Hannah is such a great character. We get to know her overtime, and she definitely fits this story. Her story's so sad, yet so touching and powerful. Like Clay, she is so deep and real. The best part of Thirteen Reasons Why is the messages we can relate to and the connections readers make to their own personal lives. We have to realize that we can't just give up. We have to keep trying because one day it will get better. Although it may be far, far away, that day will come. I'm telling you now, we can learn a lot about this book through Hannah's story. The ending proves that if we try to understand someone, even if that means just listening to them talk to you about, well, about anything, we can get through to them. Yes, thats not what the ending completely means, but it's hope for a better tomorrow. At least Clay learns from his... Mistake... and applies that to his own - and other peoples - life (or lives.) I couldn't be more happy with the ending. But, honestly, the messages that come across to readers are amazing, inspiring and real. This is truly an amazing book, one every teenager should read at some point in their lives. Because Thirteen Reasons Why can motivate one person - just one person - to make a difference. This is an deep, dark, and beautiful book that can truly change lives.
Date published: 2013-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a realistic read on a taboo subject a story about pre-suicide and the aftermath. asher does an extremely good job of written from perspective of the girl (who commits suicide) and the people (clay & tony) who are left to pick up the pieces. i liked that the reader got to hear both side of the story. a lot of times we only hear one side and become bias. 13 reasons shows you everything from the beginning to the end of the incident. it is not just a story of bullying, neglect and loneliness, but a story friendship, misunderstanding, growing up, sexuality and how your actions can change an entire life. as the reader you are frustrated and sympathize with all the characters. is it their naivety or plain ignorance? that causes the end result for all of them. a great read about cause and effect. should be read by everyone of all ages. good way to open your eyes to people who are in front of you. i think everyone who reads this will take something from it. the book may not directly affect you but it will open your mind and heart.
Date published: 2013-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book This book was so captivating, I was looking for a good read one day and a girl on twitter told me about it. The next day I went out and bought it. I read this book in 3 days and i've reccommended it to all of my friends. I HIGHLY encourage everyone to read this book, it changed my view on life. Jay Asher is a wonderful authour
Date published: 2013-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Their really isn't that much to say about this book it's just so perfect. The book shows that even little things can change, or end a person's life. It change's the way you see the world but not in a preachey way. This is a book that everyone should read for sure. This is by far one of the best books I've ever read. It's perfect for everyone no matter what kind of books you normally read. I can not wait for the movie!
Date published: 2013-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone needs to read this book This captivating although painful read, should be read by every high school student and every parent at minimum. It is a view into the consequences of our actions and the compound effect of what we think of as singular events. I hope that the effects of this book last in my interactions with friends, family, acquaintances ... and strangers.
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! This book is so great and intriguing. My eyes were glue to the pages! Idefinitely recommend this book to anyone. This book has inspired me to become a better person and to be more sympathetic to others emotions. Im sure youll also feel this way after reading it. Its amazing, truely.
Date published: 2013-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking A very powerful, real novel that motivates, inspires, and saddens with the skill and craft only Jay Asher could provide. Clay's journey in the book is one that will shatter you and force you to rethink the way you interact with everyone around you. If you think you're ready to have your world turned upside down, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2012-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, Brilliant and Mesmerizing! Wow.. I had to start my review with wow. This book has seriously touched me deeply, I am in love with this book and with Hanna. This book makes you realize how one simple action on your part can have a big reaction on someone else's life, something to you that might be very ridiculous might actually mean the world to someone else. What actions you do, what you say has an impact on others. Powerful emotions throughout the book, Hanna is a strong character I loved her, but at one point the snowball effect just continues to grow and giving up is the only way. I was mad at Clay for not telling her how he feels before which is sad because they could've had a great romance together. This book is plain brilliant, it has everything and keeps you hooked throughout it all. I also loved the tapes and how she makes the people realize what they did to her and how it all started for her to end up in that position. A must-read, this book will stay with me for a very long time.
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stellar!!! I love this book it is so relevant to alot of bullying in the world that is going on right mow. Its a journey that draws you in and keeps you reading. A must read!
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hauntingly Beautiful Thirteen Reasons Why was written by Jay Asher and originally published in October 2007 by Razorbill. The story follows what started out as a normal day for Clay Jensen. He is a good guy who is smart and well liked, so he thinks nothing of it when he receives a package one day. When he opens it up he finds seven cassettes from his former crush Hannah Baker who has recently committed suicide. When he listens to the tapes he hears that there are thirteen reasons why she took her own life and he happens to be one of those reasons. “I hope you're ready, because I'm about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why. The rules are pretty simple. There are only two, rule number one: you listen, number two you pass it on.” Now Clay must listen to the cassettes as hard as it is to find out how he impacted Hannah’s life. He doesn’t know how he fits in but he will follow the rules and see what those thirteen reasons are. What a hauntingly beautiful book. I don’t know why I waited so long to read it (I guess it’s because I thought the subject matter was depressing) If you haven’t read it yet I highly suggest that you do. This book is a great example of the importance of treating people with respect and how truly fragile humans can be. The story is told through dual narration from both Clay’s thoughts and Hannah’s recorded words on the cassettes. At times it is a little confusing because Clay is thinking something and Hannah is talking about something else. I found it very hard knowing from the get go that nothing would change the outcome for our character and that the ending would not be a happy one. It is especially heart breaking because Clay genuinely loved Hannah from afar but neither of them really got the courage up to talk to each other even though they spent so much time together at work. I was angry that Hannah was kind of selfish to put the people through this especially Clay and really only reached out for help partially. She had made up her mind to take her life and so it felt like she didn’t really want to get help. Sometimes I sympathized with Hannah and other times I wanted to scream at her. Clay really starts thinking of all the things that he can remember about Hannah and it makes me think about things that have happened in my life as well. You need to be aware that action and/or inaction can truly have a big effect on others. Ths is a good story to get teens talking about suicide and also to get them talking and thinking about bullying, guilt, love etc. I think that this would be a great addition to junior/high school curriculum to start an awareness and dialogue between teens. We need to make these students realize that what they say and do is important. Universal studios purchased the film rights in February 2011. Hopefully the movie will get made and do the book justice. It’s such a great story that could really impact people’s lives. I would rate this book 4.5/5. Have you read this book?? Let me know what you thought. Check out my Blog for more reviews:
Date published: 2012-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read for Teens Even the title got me. I wanted to know why. This book was a good read. The perspective it was written from is really interesting. I am really big on anti-bullying messages and looking for literature to use with teens, so I thought I would give this one a read. It really shows you your actions have consequences.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from powerfull tore through this one in no time,hannah baker leaves her tapes behind and as they move through all 13 people that effected her decision you feel sad for hannah and angry at the people who made her feel that way, couldn't put down the story really makes you think about the little things you do and how they might effect others.
Date published: 2012-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring This novel was really great. It had my thinking about it days after reading it. The book really makes you think about your own life and how you might treat others and I love that. It really captivated me and Jay Ashers words really tugged me into the story. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2012-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT i loved reading this! it was really sad and amazing. i highly recommend it!
Date published: 2012-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from powerfull tore through this one in no time,hannah baker leaves her tapes behind and as they move through all 13 people that effected her decision you feel sad for hannah and angry at the people who made her feel that way, couldn't put down the story really makes you think about the little things you do and how they might effect others.
Date published: 2012-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring This novel was really great. It had my thinking about it days after reading it. The book really makes you think about your own life and how you might treat others and I love that. It really captivated me and Jay Ashers words really tugged me into the story. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2012-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT i loved reading this! it was really sad and amazing. i highly recommend it!
Date published: 2012-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, a real tear jerker. I have to say this book had me near tears. I couldn't put it down, eager to discover what drove Hannah to her decision to commit suicide. I NEEDED to know how Clay was involved, why he received the tapes that recounted the 13 reasons Hannah killed herself. I felt Clay's pain, his loss of the girl he loved but barely knew. Jay Asher has wove a wonderful story of a boy who fights with the reality of a lost friend, a lost future.
Date published: 2012-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Unpopular Opinion This book has gotten so many great reviews, but i honestly could not sympathize with the main character. Hannah Baker commits suicide because of "reasons", and these reasons did not seem legitimate to me. I mean, do people commit suicide due to reasons, or do they do it because they have been extremely mentally ill for most of their lives? I did a presentation on this book and the topic of suicide for my english class so i've thought much about this. i dont know, the idea for the book was really great, and clay jensen (the other character) was quite likeable, but i found the situations that resulted in the suicide almost childish and immature.
Date published: 2012-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking Thirteen Reasons Why was an amazing book. It’s not one of those books that you think is amazing as you’re reading it — or, in my case, listening to it — but it’s one of those books that you realize is amazing when you put it down and find yourself in tears, with your heart ripped out of your chest. And I’m not lying — I found myself crying a few times while listening to this book and one of the reasons is because the narrators are so effective. As you can read in the premise, Clay Jenson gets a set of tapes that were recorded by Hannah Baker, a classmate who committed suicide. I loved the back and forth between the male and female narrator, which made the whole listening-to-a-tape idea very effective. I’ve had a thing for YA contemporary books that are actually about something, not paranormal love triangles, or books that could be considered “brain fluff.” If I was looking for something that was about something, then Thirteen Reasons Why was that book. I knew what it was about — suicide — but I didn’t expect the book to be that moving. Jay Asher lays out a moving and heartbreaking story outlining the “snowball effect” when it comes to events leading up to suicide. The whole thing was just so heartbreakingly real that I found myself shaking my head at the realization of how small things can lead up to something so massive. I also find myself in awe of Jay Asher, who laid it all out so perfectly and so effectively. If you want to read something that’s real and something that’s heartbreaking, give Thirteen Reasons Why a try. It will remind you that everyone is human, that everyone has feelings, and everyone is fragile.
Date published: 2012-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Heart Wrenching and Meaningful Hannah Baker. Everybody knows her because she committed suicide. Everyone thought it was over, but not for Clay and 12 others persons. Each of them received a mysterious box with 13 stories on cassettes. It was Hannah's voice in those, and they were the reason why she killed herself. This book is absolutely amazing. We can feel the pain that Hannah as been through and of course of Clay, who is listening to those tapes. Each chapter is a new story, and each tape they grow up in intensity. We could understand why Hannah had done it, even thought it's never the right solution. I loved this book because I could relate to it in some of those stories. This book is so heart wrenching because I still hoped that Hannah had not committed suicide, that she was still here, trying to survive.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devastating and Inspiring ► I don't know why I waited so long to read this book but fortunately I finally did. Now, I couldn't be more grateful to have such a meaningful and inspiring read, yet devastating at the same time. I really love Jay Asher's second novel co-written with Carolyn Mackler The Future of Us. Yet, it is Thirteen Reasons Why that absolutely touched me and placed Jay Asher among my favorite YA authors! It is incredible how you can find so much in one novel. Thirteen Reasons Why is a powerful read and it makes you reflect about the way you treat others. Sometimes, just one little thing can be a great weight in other people's shoulders. Also, this book highlights the fact that we never really know or understand what's going on in other people's life. Thirteen Reasons Why is not just a devastating story about a girl who commits suicide; A girl that leaves a box with voice recorded cassettes to thirteen people explaining how each one of them is one of the Thirteen Reasons Why she ended her life. This book goes so much deeper than that and regardless its heavy and dark theme, it brights with hope at the end of it. Thirteen Reasons Why is a novel that highly inspires people to become a better person. Clay is certainly one of my most beloved characters. He is one of the thirteen people in Hanna's cassettes and we listen to Hanna's story through Clay's ears. He is such a unique boy and it is heartbreaking to listen to Hanna's voice through his perspective. In the other hand, Hanna is one of the most particular character I have come across. I had a storm of emotions through every cassette Hanna recorded. Sometimes, it was hard to accept and believe some of the things she said, and sometimes I was absolutely sympathetic towards Hanna. At the end, same as Clay, I get to know Hanna and feel for her and for everything she went through. From the loveliest moment to the most tormenting and unfair experience she went through that lead her to commit the horrific act of ending her own life. Thirteen Reasons Why is a devastating story about bullying, lack of support, loneliness and many other things that can lead to depression to teens and adults alike. "Everything affects everything" as Hanna said, when you are dealing with this psychological problem that unfortunately many people suffers everyday. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is a book we can learn a lot from. This book inspires us to become a better a person, to be more understandable and supportive, to care about people without holding back because there is people that really needs you by their side. Thirteen Reasons Why is a novel that says it Loud and Clear; Don't wait for those people who need you by their side to ask for your help, they might never do it, and then it could be too late. So, take the first step by yourself and offer your support, don't hold back. █
Date published: 2012-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enchanting I couldn't put it down! I just wanted to know her story
Date published: 2012-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting The novel provided a unique plot the likes of which I have not seen. I enjoyes Asher's writing but felt as though there was something missing. Though I enjoyed the story, I felt as though there could have been more
Date published: 2012-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking & thought-provoking! When I first saw this book around, I avoided it like the plague. I know people who've had to deal with family members taking their own life (and it's awful), so I'm really sensitive about reading a book that revolves around suicide. But now I wish I'd picked this one up sooner. Thirteen Reasons Why is an amazing book! Everything about it is just so breathtaking and well-executed and shockingly realistic. As Hannah's telling her story, you get attached to this beautiful girl and find yourself rooting for her to live even though you already know the outcome. I adore Clay! He's such a genuinely sweet guy; the kind of guy that girls have crushes on and moms just love. So that's why I couldn't help but continuously wonder what his part in Hannah's death could've possibly been. After all, Clay had a crush on Hannah before she died. But there's not just thirteen separate reasons why Hannah Baker decided to do what she did — they're all connected like an intricate web that I wouldn't be able to write better if I tried. This book shows that suicide isn't caused by just one big reason, but many little ones. I couldn't stop reading until I knew the whole story! Nothing short of amazing, Thirteen Reasons Why is a beautiful, thought-provoking, and devastating book that kept me up all night. Even if you're hesitant to pick it up like I was, I wholeheartedly recommend that everyone reads it! People have said that this book has saved their life and I don't doubt it one bit. BUY or BORROW?: Buy it! It was one of the most touching books I've read this year, and I'm so happy that there's going to be a movie coming out starring Selena Gomez! She's such an awesome actress and I think she'll do great as Hannah. :)
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Confusing and boring I didn't like this book at all. I found it confusing as it jumped back and forth between Hannah and Clay. It was hard to tell who was speaking. It also went on and on and it could have gotten to the point much faster. It was boring and at points I had to skim because I couldn't keep interested. Very disappointing.
Date published: 2012-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scary This book was great. No doubt about it. But it just kind of scared me to think that she killed herself over this. Over the events that are being relived through the tapes. It's sad and scary thinking that someone, anyone, can go through these events in real life and choose the same fate as chosen here. Suicide is never the answer, though some may choose it. The problem here was that the girl didn't tell anyone the whole story, until after she was dead. That's the sad thing, and that's just not right. But this is a great book and I know many would agree with me if I told you to read it. So please do so!
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from -Touching- An amazing novel. Jay Asher takes you into the suicidal life of Hannah Baker. Every person should experience this book.
Date published: 2011-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from beautiful story it's a lovely book, really. i feel like i've been changed after reading it. the only thing i did not like about the book was Clay.
Date published: 2011-12-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I do not know what to rate this book. I have to say it was great. Hannahs feeling are similer to my own in a way. I can tell you what ahppens all I can say is that you might want to read this book or you might want to read the first page and never look at it again. Turt me that is how I felt firt. Our English class is reading this and I all ready knew what was going to happen. All the boys we read in English class are not about happy characters or of a character who loves their lives. I knew that someone was going to die or was all ready dead when the libaran haned me over the book.It got me thinking and it made me feel sad reading about the reasons why Hannah decied to end life.
Date published: 2011-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Have you read this book yet? If your answer is no, then why not? Thirteen Reasons Why is one of those books that you read that leaves a lasting impression on you once you are done.. I personally have recommended it to pretty much everyone who has asked me the question "do you have any recommendations for a good book to read?" in the past month and a half. In fact, I sent my copy home with one of my assistants when she went on vacation. This is one of those books that I wish they would make part of the regular high school curriculum. There is so much to be learned from this book and so much relevance to a teenager's life, no matter what decade it happens to be. I wish this book had been around when I was in high school. It would have explained so much to not only me, but my peers as well. Not everyone who reads this book will like it. In fact some will hate it and some will tell you that it's not believable. In my opinion, they are missing the point. For me, the book wasn't so much about suicide as it was about demonstrating the consequences of of our actions. To me, the book was about the fact that we are all connected as people and have the ability to influence each others lives, good or bad. The book was about recognizing that what seems like it's no big deal to you and me, can mean the world to someone else. The book at it's core, for me, is about recognizing that my actions and my words just aren't about me and that they have the ability to hurt or to heal; enlighten or deceive. That is the reason why I will read this book again and again and continue to recommend it to anyone who asks.
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the impact I hoped for The message from Thirteen Reasons Why was great, as were the ideas. However, I had a problem with some of the characters. Hearing the story from Hannah was fantastic, but the revelation about the other main character, Clay, was a huge disappointment. It was a kind of anti-climax. Also, I felt that as the author neared the end of the book he put less attention into each story. The stories got shorter and less detailed one by one, almost as if the author was getting lazy or struggling to finish. Overall, the book didn't have the impact I thought it would.
Date published: 2011-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary Good This is a book were you can get the chills everytime you turn the page, its one of those books you just cant put down. If you really enjoyed this book then go to to get the pure strength and meaning of the book.
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thirteen Reasons Why This book was about cassette tapes, and a boy named clay who had to listen to why he and 12 other ppl cause a young girl to commit suicide. This book sounds really dark and disturbing, but its actually very inturging, start to finish. I couldnt pu the book down. I wanted to find out what happened to her, but mostly I wanted to know why Clay was in these cassettes.
Date published: 2011-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Reason Why Let me first start off by saying that the point of this book isn't to be an amazingly fantastic read, but it's meant to pull you in and then hopefully spit you out as a better person. Hannah's reasons even sounded a bit . . . not nessecarily dumb, but not as earth shaking as I thought they would be, at least to me they did. However, as mentioned through her tapes, it's not the act of the individual reasons, it's the effect they had on her all together. It's like telling someone to lift up 5 pounds. Easy, right? But what happens when you add five more? And then five more after that? And then add on another five . . . Well, you get my point. The weight gets to a point where you can't hold it anymore and give up, letting it all collapse around you, just like Hannah did. And that's my reason why I give this book five red maple leaves out of five. Not nessecarily for the content of the book, but for it's message. Although I am shamed to admit it, I have been in situations where people aren't too happy and I've just ducked my head and pretended not to notice. Why did I do it? Because I was afraid to get involved, what if they suddenly turned on me and now my life was a mess? I just didn't want that; so I kept walking. Thirteen Reasons Why is a book that I would read with an open mind. If you're just looking for a good read, I wouldn't suggest this book, because that's not what the focus is about. (Being an exciting read to make money) No, this book is about standing up for others and treating them with the respect they diserve. It's about getting out a message that even if all you did was stand there while kids were making fun of someone else, you may not be apart of the problem, but you sure as hell weren't apart of the solution either. I'm sitting here, and it's 2AM and I probably won't get to sleep for another hour because this book has gotten my mind so stirred up I'll be lucky if I can even calm it down in that amount of time. This book is definately thought-provoking and I really do believe that the school board should use it in the school curriculum because I have no doubt that - while it may not change everyone - a lot of kids will walk away from it changed. Not to the point where they all become saints, but instead in a way that will help them realize how much of an impact simply leaving them to fend for themselves can have.
Date published: 2011-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Beautifully written. Loved it.
Date published: 2011-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Subpar I am not a fan of this book. Mainly it’s because I don’t think that Hannah’s “thirteen reasons” were good enough. I think Jay Asher sort of made light of suicide. If those thirteen reasons were acceptable, then everyone who has ever been to high school has reason enough to commit suicide. I appreciate the fact that everyone handles things differently, and that people may have killed themselves for less, but I think with such a powerful topic there could’ve been better reasons. I also was upset by Hannah’s nonchalance on the tapes. There wasn’t enough distress in her voice. Come to think of it, Clay, the other main character, acted oddly as well. I just think that this book was lacking in a lot of ways. More than I mentioned. It wasn't terrible, but it’s not my cup of tea.
Date published: 2011-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read This book is one I saw randomly on the page. I did not come here specifically looking for it but I am so glad it found me. I honestly read this book in one sitting because I just could not put it down. The writing is fantastic and the message is even better. This book will change how you interact with people, how you treat people and really goes along with the saying about walking a mile in someone else's shoes. I do not believe this book fits with the 13-17 age category, although I do think people of that age should be reading it. This book should be read by everyone. Adults, especially parents, don't always know the things that run through adolescent minds, this book is an open invitation to that. Adolescents don't always realize that others feel the same ways that they do and that they are not alone. This book also shows that. This book is a terribly sad story, however it is a completely awakening story and one that should be read cover to cover. You never realise how one moment with someone can change things for them, and sometimes it really is too late to go back and fix things so why not reach out when you can (even if you end up being mistaken wouldn't you rather feel silly than the way the characters end up feeling in this book). This book deserves a 5 star rating and I am forever changed by reading it.
Date published: 2011-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tuching i cant belive how great this book is it is so sad it realy tuched me and got to me there are alot of teen out there who are killin them selfs and beacuse other kids are so mean i think they should put this book into schools and make all the kids read it wonderful book
Date published: 2011-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Plot, Dissapointing Characters The author obviously knows how to write emotions. The pain and fear that the characters go through feel very real. The problem is that I can't sympathize with the characters, not even Hannah. The sending of the tapes makes her come off as a bit pretentious and a bit of a coward. To me, it says that she did have to ability to confront people about what they've done to her, but didn't have the courage to face their reactions. The only character that I can somewhat sympathize with is Clay, who seems the most human out of everyone. He reacts and feels emotions that us as readers have probably felt before, and handles it in a realistic fashion. If it wasn't for Clay, I would have a hard time finishing the book, simply because I couldn't step into any of the other character's shoes. Overall, the plot is written well, but I can't say the same for the characters.
Date published: 2011-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Emotions, Characters That Fail First, the idea of the book is phenomenal. Although, the writing did fail to meet with the plot. I found it confusing to tell the difference between Hannah and Clay. I read an e-book so I couldn't tell if Hannah's dialogue was supposed to be italiczied or not. Also, most of it was internal struggles, which are good for a novel like this but it was hard to really connect with the main characters. And, for me a good novel must have wonderful characters as well.
Date published: 2011-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very powerful 4.5 stars Clay had a crush on a girl at school, Hannah, who has recently committed suicide. When he receives a shoebox of cassette tapes in the mail, he starts to listen to her tell her story - all the reasons leading up to her suicide. There are thirteen people on the tapes, all of whom are to listen to the tapes, to find out how they contributed to her decision to end her life. Wow! This was really good. Very powerful, I thought. You don't realize how some things you do or say, things you may think are little, or even things you don't do, can impact someone so drastically. I listened on audio, which I think was very fitting for this particular book. It was done very well, with two different people reading - one, reading for Hannah as she speaks through her tapes, and one, reading for Clay, providing his own commentary as he listens. An extra 1/4 star for the audio. Very very good.
Date published: 2011-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from .... I was impressed. The writing style was really ambitious. An author can run the risk of completely losing touch with the reader but it was well done with the main character interjecting while listening to the words coming trough on the tapes. It provides comic relief which is very important when dealing with a topic such as this but it also provides insight to the character himself. a very well done, well written book and you have to read it at least once.
Date published: 2011-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Book With a Powerful Message After finishing this book, I wasn't disappointed, but I definitely expected more. I was prepared to fall in love with this book, but I think that I didn't connect with the characters as much as I would have liked to. Overall, I really did like it because of the concept and the way it was carried out. I was always anticipating the the next chapter to see what would be revealed next! I also loved the message behind the story and I think it's something that everyone should come to realize. The plot was just was powerful and intense as I expected. It was a crazy and emotional roller coaster that had it's ups and downs. Jay Asher shines a light on a sensitive subject and writes this story in a way that makes it sad but enlightening at the same time. It may have not been one of my favorite books, but I am ecstatic to have read it because of it's powerful message. Clay comes home from school to find a package on his porch steps. After opening it, he realizes that he has been sent seven cassette tapes. After reading a note, and listening to the first side of cassette number one, he realizes that this package is from Hannah Baker. Hannah was a girl who committed suicide two weeks earlier. She was Clay's crush but he didn't have the guts to talk to her. Now he will have the chance to listen to her. Hannah recorded her voice on the seven cassette tapes explaining why she committed suicide. She explains that there are 13 reasons why she did it, and that if you have received this package, you are one of the reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is confused as to why he is one of the reasons. He struggles to understand what role he plays in this. He considers not listening to the tapes, but Hannah explains that if you don't listen to them and send them to the next person on the list, a new set of tapes will be released and everyone will hear them. Clay was also given a map a little while ago, and now he realizes that this map has to do with these tapes. Hannah says that you can go to the locations specified in each reason to make the experience more "real" in a sense. This is where Clay's night starts. Hannah acts as his guide as she tells her story. Through the walk man, Clay struggles to listen and keep control over himself. He's angry, upset and very confused. Silently, he waits for the tape that reveals what he did, and how he could have been a corresponding piece to Hannah Baker's death. The moral is one of my favourite things about this book. Basically, what you say or do may ultimately change someone's life. That may be dramatic, but you never know what someone's life is like before you may say something to do something to them. One thing you may do can cause something else to happen, and so on. This is is the snowball effect, and it's what slowly ruined Hannah's life. You may not realize that you could have such an effect, but that's why I loved Jay Asher's message. He shed the light on a life lesson that is so important. THIS is why I love to read. Jay Asher's took a sensitive topic, crafted in brilliantly and taught his readers a valuable lesson. Thirteen Reasons Why shows just how powerful one book can be. 4/5 2011-015
Date published: 2011-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written The novel revolves around the mystery of Hannah’s suicide and the various factors that affected her decision. It is written through Clay’s perspective, which is particularly interesting because of his feelings for her. The message in the novel is clear: one must aware of others and treat everyone respectfully. It is a particularly moving novel, with some witticisms placed carefully, tear-jerking moments and of course events that take place which result in much anger and disappointment. This is the author’s first novel and one must appreciate the connection created between the reader and the characters. It is a quick read, but mostly because it is so difficult to put it down! A definite recommend!
Date published: 2010-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 13 Reasons Why Hannah Committed Suicide Thirteen Reasons Why is seen through the eyes (and heard through the ears) of Clay Jensen. A package shows up at Clay's house, which turns out to be a box of audio tapes. As Clay begins to play the tapes, he is shocked that these tapes reveal the life story of Hannah and why she committed suicide. The tapes are to be sent to the next person on her list, and if not, Hannah threatened that there would be a second set of tapes that will be released to the public. Clay does not know why he would get these tapes, he barely knew Hannah and he was sure that he was not supposed to be on her "list" of reasons why she killed herself. As Clay plays the tapes, secrets of revealed of classmates and the truth becomes known, letting rumors finally be put to rest. Clay listens to the stories of how numerous people were linked through a chain of events that led to Hannah's suicide, while keeping the reader wondering what Clay did to Hannah. Thirteen Reasons Why was an interesting novel, but there were times that the story was too depressing and emotional. There were times that the story made me cry, but the author continued the suspense and curiosity of the reader to keep the story going. There are a few boring parts, and some parts are very graphic. The novel goes back and forth between the tapes and the present of Clay's life, which can sometimes be a bit confusing. The novel does teach some life lessons and tells the reader that people can impact others and that the small things do add up (called the snowball effect by Hannah). The story deals with a girl slowly giving up on life because of rumors that spiral out of control and lead to one thing after another. This was an interesting novel, but I found it to be too depressing and lonely throughout the story.
Date published: 2009-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking but Petty Hannah Baker is your average girl. She’s just like everyone else in the town, except that she doesn’t know everyone quite yet, having just moved into the neighbourhood. You would have never thought that she would commit suicide. When Hannah's suicide is old news, Clay Jensen finds a box of tapes waiting for him out on his front doorstep. The excitement propels him to open the package as quickly as possible, but once he does, he regrets it. He holes up in his garage, listening Hannah’s words. Why she did it. And there are thirteen reasons. And he’s one of them. Hannah’s startling and even chilling voice narrates the story, one tape at a time. She describes how each person affected her and what role they took. Each reason is a person, a person who caused a snowball effect to break her. Jay Asher’s writing is compelling and the “puzzle pieces” fit together wonderfully. However, the reasons that brought Hannah to her final hours were problematic but not very purposeful. It was also hard to believe that one person could create thirteen others to hurt Hannah (however, Asher seemed to make it believable.) It was also very hard to finish, as Asher narrated Hannah’s parts luridly, adding emphasis on Hannah’s emotions of anger and sadness. The storyline is a twist compared to all the other novels for teenagers out there and is more serious and focuses on an important problem in the generation out there today. If you want a different read, this is a good book.
Date published: 2009-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Creative Wasn't expecting to find this in the teen section and I was a little embarrassed to purchase it. However, I don't regret it. This was a very well thought out book. Some words to sum up the book: page-turner, suspense, eerie, and surprising. The book really makes readers get involved. Asher does an excellent job at having two person perspectives. I recommend Thirteen Reasons Why.
Date published: 2009-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read It all starts when Clay finds a package addressed to him at his house. There is no return address. In it are thirteed tapes. When Clay starts listening to the first side of the first tape, it's his crush Hannah. The only thing is, she's dead, she killed herself. And the tapes contain thirteen stories, thirteen people, thirteen reasons why she did it. Clay is on the tape, he'll have to listen to them all to find out which one he's on, and why. Although the subject is a touchy one, I think the author does a good job at respecting it, and takes a sensitive approach. Very good book.
Date published: 2009-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read (despite the morbid plot) I really don't like stories that don't have a happy ending or deal with a sad subject. But the thing is, sometimes that's what life is about and it's stories like this one that make us realize that tragedy happens sometimes and we have to face up to them. As well, we need to be aware of not only ourselves and the the way we act, but also be aware of others and how our actions affect them. In this story, Clay finds a shoe box with cassette tapes labeled 1 to 13. He discovers that this box was sent to him by a girl named Hannah, who recently committed suicide just days before. On the tape Hannah dictates the 13 reasons why she did what she did. On the first tape she states that the people who have received these tapes were going to be named on one of the tapes, but they would have to listen through the whole thing in order to find out. Clay hardly knows Hannah and is confused as to why he would be on the tape. As he listens through the tapes, wondering when his name will pop up, he slowly begins to realize that even though he never truly got to know her, maybe this was the reason why he was on one of these cassettes. I was watching the 3rd season of 'One Tree Hill' when I wasn't reading this book, and oddly enough on Disc5 of this TV series coincided with the subject of this book. That's what made this book more real for me, seeing it and reading it.... ♥ Enjoy! ~
Date published: 2009-06-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not bad, but definitely over rated. Okay so I read a few reviews on this book, and was dying to read it. And to summarize, it was ok, but I definitely think Thirteen Reasons Why is over rated. I'll start with all the good stuff, the idea behind the book is pretty creative and original. The narration is shared between Clay and Hannah (through the tapes) which allows for two different views on all of the events in Hannah's story, and some extra insight in Hannah's life, as others see her. Secondly, the way Asher ties all thirteen tapes together is pretty interesting. I think the message behind the story is that small events in our everyday lives are significant in the big picture, which is an important message, but makes for a novel that does not have much of a climax. Actually I was rather disappointed with Clay's tape, hoping to find a huge significance in his role in Hannah's suicide, but I ended up disappointed to see his story was one of the most boring. All in all, Thirteen Reasons Why is a decent read (I didn't have to give up on it after all), but don't expect a page turner that will keep you dying to read more.
Date published: 2009-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Not Put It Down! I loved this book! I can't even describe how good it was. It exceeded my expectations and was an absolute page turner. I read the whole thing in one sitting and really wish it wasn't over. I don't want to describe the book because anything I say will spoil it but definitely read this book :)
Date published: 2009-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable This is one of those rare books that is practically guaranteed to change your outlook on life, even if it's by the slightest amount. It's a story about tragic loss and pain, but it's also about hope. Beautifully written and presented, "Thirteen Reasons Why" is a book that will probably stay with its readers for a long time after they have put it down. So go ahead and pick it up.
Date published: 2009-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book! A must read.
Date published: 2008-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Astounding. I have to say, when I first read what this book is about, it sounded quite ... different. But as you start the story, it's about a boy named Clay Jenkins, and how he receives a shoe box filled with seven tapes from his crush, and the girl who committed suicide weeks before, Hannah Baker. On these tapes, he discovers that he is one of the THIRTEEN REASONS WHY she died. But why? To find out, Clay is determined to get through all the tapes to hear what it was that he did. Along with the tapes is a map, so as he listens, he also follows the indications on the map to see what Hannah saw when she made these. The reasons behind her death are both sad, and riveting. I think this was an amazing first novel from Jay Asher, and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good read, and somewhat something suspenseful.
Date published: 2008-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thirteen Reasons Why Thirteen Reasons Why is the story of Hannah, a high school girl who committed suicide, but Hannah has decided to stay alive even after death. She has recorded herself on cassette tapes telling about the 13 reasons why she had done what she did. Her 13 things are actually people she knows, and in order to comply with her wishes each person must listen to all the tapes and then pass them on to the next person. Although each of her reasons is a person, Hannah is clear in stating that the people themselves are not responsible for her suicide. It is everything combined. It seems as though she is using her death in order to make these people realize that the smallest things can have a huge impact on a person. The term “snow ball effect” is mentioned many times throughout the novel, and it seems to fit the situation perfectly. All of the characters in this novel fit together in a way that is reminiscent of six degrees of separation, which I thought to be a very engaging technique. Clay, is the main character and the one whom the reader follows along on Hannah’s retelling of her story. Clay is a wonderfully drawn character who I immediately emphasized with. He is falling apart because of Hannah’s suicide, both because he had a crush on her and because he tried to help her many times, only to have her push him away. On the other hand, I felt Hannah to be a unsatisfactory character. I thought she was horrible for not accepting any help that was offered, she appeared to be testing those around her to see if they would force her to accept help. Even though she did have a hard time with school and friends, I felt that she was not going through anything that was much harsher than most teenagers. When all the instances were combined, the “snow ball effect” does seem relevant, but much of her problems could have been solved if she asked for or allowed help. Even with my dislike of Hannah this was a compelling read that held my interest, with a ingenious plot involving the passing on of the cassette tapes, but in the end I still felt more empathy for what Hannah put Clay through. If the author had intended for the reader to feel more emotionally toward Hannah, I think Clay should not have been targeted as one of the 13 people involved. This just made Hannah seem more self-involved and manipulative. Throughout Hannah’s story it is clear she was contemplating suicide, but I think she was also trying to figure out how her suicide would affect others. Although many of the characters didn’t help her properly, I think Hannah could have tried harder also. Thirteen Reasons Why was a fantastic read for me, that stuck with me and really made me consider the situations that teenagers may find themselves in. I think this would be a great read for anyone who wants to learn more about the symptoms of a suicidal individual. Although it is always helpful to remember that many people contemplating suicide display no obvious signs or symptoms.
Date published: 2008-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good This book deals with the subjects of a classmates suicide and the tapes she left behind to people she felt contributed to her decision to do so. As the story evolves, we learn more about Hannah and how she felt about the thirteen recipients, including a boy, Clay, who had feelings for her. I think the story is unique, amazing and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Date published: 2008-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a flawless first novel Clay Jensen's first love, Hannah Baker, has committed suicide. Days later, he receives in the mail seven audio tapes containing thirteen stories, thirteen reasons, from Hannah herself on why she killed herself. Thirteen Reasons Why is a book about life's harsh reality and the affects people can have on each other. An honest, emotional and heartfelt story, Jay Asher's first novel tells the tale of a boy who finds himself grieving the loss of a loved one, an event that allows him to look at people - and life - in a whole different way.
Date published: 2008-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Chilling Tragedy I picked up this book on a whim, not knowing what to expect. What I found was a mystery, beautifully written, telling a tragic story that almost seems real. I was so enthralled I finished it in one sitting, unwilling to stop until I knew every detail of Hannah's story. Clay was a strong and believable protagonist, his grief as he hears each tape is very well conveyed. The story was poignant and and beautiful, and Jay Asher has proved himself to be exceptional at writing about real life issues.
Date published: 2008-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Teen Fiction I read this when a co-worker suggested it to me, and I adored it - the basic premise is that a fellow in highschool goes home to find a package of cassettes waiting for him, and a list of names. He's on the list, and the tapes are for him, and when he's done, he's to pass the tapes onto the next person on the list. The tapes were made by Hannah, a girl who recently committed suicide, and she lists the thirteen reasons - and people - behind her decision. Clay, the main character, is baffled - what could he have done? He liked Hannah. He was kind to her. Hannah's voice rang very true to me, and brought back experiences of working with teens in crisis. The story unfolds wonderfully, and I really think this novelist will be back and just as strong.
Date published: 2008-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful read. Hannah Baker killed herself. No one really knows why. Then a box of audio tapes show up on Clay's doorstep. 13 reasons - 13 people- why. Clay can't imagine why he is on the tapes. He is supposed to listen and pass them on. If anyone doesn't do this - someone else has the tapes and will make them public - which might be more than embarassing to some. When you start you know this isn't going to be a happy book which made me hesitant at first. But you get pulled into her story. You want to find out what happened and why. While you do find out what happened, I'm not entirely sure why. Some of things were horrible. Some of them nasty. Some of them less so. I think it shows that you can't really get into the mind of someone who is suicidal. Because we don't quite get there with Hannah. The why did you have to kill yourself isn't answered. But then again, I don't think it ever is. A powerful read.
Date published: 2008-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best young adult novel. This is an incredible book. Jay Asher does a fabulous job of keeping the suspense alive. While I was reading this book I felt as if I was a teenager again. Its a great read for teens as well as adults. Can't wait for his next book.
Date published: 2008-01-08

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“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