Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

byJay Asher

Paperback | June 14, 2011

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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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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:Thirteen Reasons WhyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.87 inPublished:June 14, 2011Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781595141880

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite sure The writing didn't make me feel for the characters. Something was missing. It was packed with emotion but I think the delivery wasn't good
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ummm not sure Not entirely sure how I felt about it. Definitely a breakthrough on talking about mental health. But I heard it inspired people to end their lives too which doesn't sit well with me. It was also sort of poorly written language choice wise...
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 13 reasons why I related to this all too much. It's heavy and real and emotional. And it's important.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Emtonal Rollercoaster As this is such a controversial book, and show, I was a bit skeptical, but I ended up finding myself reading it more than once, and with that I had a new opinion and different questions every time about various characters and the book itself. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OK I heard about the show and watched it before I knew there was a book. The show was a great binge worthy show. Looking forward to season 2. But the book was almost word for word but also very back and forth between character perspectives I sometimes had to back track. Other than that it was a really easy read at 200-something pages and larger font. All in all, the story is good. It's sad and preventable but the way it is told is original and for a TV show- that creates enough drama to extend it to another season.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book was good The book was good. It was very eye opening and gave a lot of insight for this topic.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it was an amazing and touching book i bought this book a while before the show came out and i loved it so much i thought it was a very touching story that allowed people to be aare of the things going on in peoples lives
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking I read this book first when I was 13. I borrowed it from my sister because I needed a book to do a book talk on for Grade 8 English class. I'm now 18 and after the Netflix series came out, I decided to revisit the book. There are flaws, obviously. The most evident being that the book does somewhat glamorize suicide. The idea that if I really want to get back at someone, I can just kill myself and tell them that they're the reason why. Please don't do that. You can find suicide prevention hotlines for anywhere in Canada at this website: But the book did make me think. I make no claims to omnipotence now, I'm still a teenager, I'm still a child, and I'm still dumb, I make no mistake, but I'm not quite as dumb as I was when I was 13 and I think this book might have had at least a little bit to do with that. It seems obvious. If you say something hurtful to someone, it will hurt them. Things that might seem insignificant to you could seem monumental to someone else. The first one, I did actually know as a 13 year old. The second eluded me a bit more. I knew it in theory, it was something my mother, my father, my teachers would tell me, but I don't think it really connected until this book. Yes, there are obvious signs of bullying in this book, but the girl involved also talks about things that are less outright, things that those people didn't think would matter. It made me think of all the times I'd done things without considering other people's feelings. Things I didn't see anything outrightly wrong with, but I might have if I'd only considered being a bit more empathetic. In any case, I read this book when I was 13 years old, and I would recommend it to another 13 year old. Perhaps one that, like me, needs a bit of a reality check. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye opening I read this book when I was in middle school and it was eye opening to me, because I never thought about how other people react to the same situation or about words. We should all keep in mind that we don't know what a other person is going through and how/what we say can affected them. That is the biggest lesson I learned for this book.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thirteen Reasons Why I related to this all too much. It's heavy and real and emotional. And it's important.
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES to Understanding! I like the book a lot more than the TV show but both were good regardless. I am happy that it's getting the attention because parents and teachers need to understand what's happening in the real world.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good. It's a decent book, pretty interesting and relatable.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay It's an alright book that makes the reader reflect on their actions. It's not as triggering as the show, so there's that.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from READ ASAP I love love l o v e this book. The ride is so emotional, i've read it at least 5 times. It is a lot different from the tv show, which has unfortunately gotten bad reviews. I personally think the book was better, so if the tv show wasn't for you the book might be. It is a well written and powerful book.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good This book makes fun of mental health issues. Not good.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no. This glamourizes suicide and mental health issues!
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good This book was emotional, it is well written. If you like feels, this book is for you
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Great read and really eye opening.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real issues *NO SPOILERS REVIEW* "Thirteen Reasons Why" brings real issues of mental health to the table. This book focuses on a young girl, Hannah Baker and her life, or more so how she ended it. Through the eyes of two different narrators, Clay and Hannah; you feel yourself constantly drawn towards the present and the past. This book discussed real issues. It is a very good read. I do not recommend this book if you are currently dealing with suicidal thoughts.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An important book An important book with important lessons.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You have to read this whether you have or haven't seen the series! I bought this when I heard there was a Netflix series being made, both the series and the book were really good, but the book was a lottttt better ! Got through it in a day because I just couldn't put it down, I highly recommend this one!
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so much better than the Netflix series this takes all the good parts of the online episodes and adds better parts to make you fall in love with it much more... 100000x better than the series for sure
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! This was a very intense book, I loved the story line! It's one of those book you have a hard time putting down #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Netflix Better than the netflix series
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This story is so important and I would love to see more like it involving this content!!!
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK This book has made me want to read more contemporary! What a GREAT story.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Necessary Read This novel is extremely thought provoking; shedding light on serious mental health issues. Everyone above the age of 14 should read this as it could help save lives by recognizing the impact of ones' words and actions on others.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I wish I could see, smell, taste ,hear, and touch this story!
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Very emotional and heartbreaking. Relates to a lot of what teens going through with bullying and how hard it is to overcome it. The story definitely touches on something dark and something that not a lot of people openly talk about!
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoughtfully done. I love when I read something that puts a topic in a whole new perspective. A new way of looking at something, especially something this delicate. Well done.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read It really allows you to think about such a current social problem from a perspective you might have not before
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I loved this book! it really shows the power of our actions. beautifully written and creatively put together
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book great book with a very powerful message behind it!
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great read This book had me very interested from start to finish.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books! I am not much of a reader, usually when I pick up a book I end up putting it down and never pick it up again. This book had me very interested from start to finish.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful story I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book. I've been avoiding it for so long because of all the attention when the show came out. This wasn't as bad as I had expected. It was actually a pretty good read and I got through it in 2 sittings. I was impressed. Sure, the book was filled with high school drama but it was darkly interesting to read. Definitely a sad and twisted story but eye opening.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devastating A devasting read, but very powerful easy read.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful life lesson i read this book when i was in grade 9 and i loved it it taught me a lot and i would recommend it to anyone
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from soooo amazing My friend got this book and I read a few pages off it and I my already in love with it.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW This book truly has a powerful message behind it. Doesn't matter what age you are I think a lot of people could benefit from this book. Truly is an eye opener.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this I read this years ago and it was such an emotional rollercoaster. Loved it so much. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book This book was very emotional. I read this with the intention of watching the show afterward and I recommend doing the same. It's interesting to see how the characters you read about and pictured in your head come to life. All in all a great book which teaches you the importance of treating others better and being aware of those around you.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love all the emotions poured out of me
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Definitly a lovely book to express the troubles and dangers of buklying. Hard to handle at times.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INTERESTING READ! I read the book and watched the movie. this book is very interesting and it does tell you a bit what is happening in our life (but more dramatic way). However, I believe this book tells people what we should actually focus on in real life.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it I loved the storyline and the seriousness of the story
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from incredible tale, lots of depth 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. very reflective, and an extremely powerful book. lots of theme and you could analyze its theme deeply
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rollercoaster of Emotion I totally stayed awake turning the pages until I finished this book at 3am because I HAD to know what was going to happen. The suspense was unreal because I didn’t know what was going to happen next, or who the next tape was going to be about. If I could find two words to describe this book they would be: Emotional Thriller. This is partly because I was torn between the different emotions I wanted to feel while reading. Was I happy? Scared? Frustrated? Annoyed? Sympathetic? All of the above and more apply here because there is no concrete way to describe one’s feelings while reading Thirteen Reasons Why. Now, I say thriller because the suspense level is similar to what you would find in the standard “thriller” genre. Hannah is also a recently deceased girl narrating her life postmortem to those who “wronged” her in some way. Now, I’m going to state the unpopular opinion here: I disliked Hannah’s character. Why? Well, I could probably give you 13 reasons why, but I’ll keep it brief. For one, the tapes are a form of shaming, which makes Hannah a sort of villain, because she inherently destroys lives for no other reason than to retaliate against the people solely responsible for her emotional instability. Secondly, she didn’t take the time to appreciate what she had, and instead mourned what she had lost. Hannah was stuck in the past, and simply couldn’t let some things go. Now, I’m not trying to be offensive here, I’m simply pointing out the facts. Clay Jensen was basically in love with her, and she was too blinded by all those who had wronged her to see it. Thirdly, I think she gave up fighting too soon. By the end, she was basically letting the bad things happen to her, and she didn’t have to. I wish I could get inside Hannah’s head and know exactly what she was thinking in those final moments that sent her spiraling. This book was a powerful message about suicide (albeit a very superficial one) and produced a lot of controversy and controversial opinions. I have to say that I simultaneously love/hate Thirteen Reasons Why because it made me ask “what if?” and I found myself thinking about how things could have turned out differently “if” this happened or “if” that happened. Jay Asher’s book shook me to my core, and I’m still haunted by it.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 5 out of 5 by from so many emotions as someone who struggles with a lot of the things mentioned in the book, this book was a rollercoaster of emotions for me. Loved it, i cried, and i think ive read it like 5 times. i think the netflix show is pretty good as well.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth a read! This novel is so different from any that I've read before. There is suspense, drama, sadness, happiness, everything that makes a story good and worth a read and interesting for reads to read and to keep on reading is in this novel. It is definitely worth a read. Even for those who have watched the TV show that was made based on this novel. They are so different from each other. I would still recommend reading this story, that is how good it is. It should not go un-read.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely An Eye Opener I read this book after Netflix announced they were making a show based on it as I wanted to know what prompted them to do so. I was not disappointed. This book opens your eyes to a topic people don't like talking about. It reveals the pain and trauma behind a choice so many view as weak or cowardly. I am not ashamed to admit I cried several times reading this. I felt for Hannah that deeply. I felt her pain and her depression and her inability to cope with it all. It is definitely worth reading.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The best part of this book has to be the realness! everything is how it is
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from something you will not forget An important novel that opens your eyes to an equally important matter. This book truly sticks with you.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very real this is a great read, its real and raw and powerful i wasnt able to put it down
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Just as good as the Netflix show
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing, definitely better than the t.v show its a heavy read, so i wouldn't recommend it to people that don't like that stuff but it was so beautiful and it was such and emotional book i finished it within the school day because I just didn't want to put it down.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Currently reading this AFTER watching the show. It's a great read.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It stays with you A page turner but a type of book I wouldn't repetitively read due to the overall premise.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED! This is probably one of my favourite books of the year, mostly because of having read it before the Netflix series. I loved the character of Hannah as she related to what some of us went through in high school and how not everyone gets that perfect high school experience.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Important Message The book Thirteen Reasons Why tells the reader one very important message: Your words and actions to other people matter and have an effect on their life. I really enjoyed this book, but I would warn people that it really pulls at your heartstrings and is very emotional.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Not for children. Content not recommended by certain school boards.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Interesting book! I think there could have been more content like the series had
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than The Netflix Show This novel really makes you think about what effects your actions and words have on others. It really makes you pause and think. An important novel for everyone to read.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no inlove with it I'm not a big fan of this story. I loved the concept but I felt it didn't deliver. there was so much problematic things that happen and contradict the story and what being told. I give this book a 1.5/5
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real It was beautifully written and gives an in-site into important issues one might go through in high school
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different Hannah put a lot of thought into her plan. It left me thinking about other people and how they think about things
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting concept but couldn't get passed the writing style I think that the issues the book addresses are important and I hope that the messaging about (teen) suicide is on point, but I couldn't tell you either way as I couldn't get passed the story-telling style to finish.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hummmm It was good but not out of this world . I picked up the book because of earring people talk about the Netflix series . So ya not my best book that I own .
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It Was Good But Not Amazing. 13 Reasons Why is a powerful and haunting. The characters literally pop out of the pages. On the other hand, the way the suicide aspect is handled is what lost a star for me. It turned into one of those same "Don't Bully!" messages, and there is much more that could have been added to add a deeper lever. It's basically some revenge story about a girl who commits suicide, with some more twists. However, I have no doubt that this is the story that got teens (kids Hannah's age) to talk about suicide more than they ever have.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me. I appreciate the importance of young adult books about suicide and mental image... but there are ones out there that are better written and with better characters.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugh The idea was VERY interesting. I found that having Hannah as the narrator was very effective. Though the climax was very lame and it began be to tedious going through the 13 people. I understand the fact that everything counts/everything adds up, but the reasons did not leave me feeling anything towards Hannah.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED I read this when i was in middle school and still love it (7 years later) This book is gripping, emotional, eye opening roller-coaster of how your words can affect someone, and what some kids go through everyday. It was a book i couldn't put down.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book club pick A good book for an adult book club to read. Would also be good for a family to read together to open the dialogue about some sensitive issues.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A HUGE Disappointment This is one of the worst books I have read in a very long-time, and I'm not easy to disappoint. The concept is very interesting and has lots of potential for a great story, but is handled very sloppy that there are few redeeming qualities. I appreciate that the author wants to discuss the issues of mental illness; however, the story is handled so poorly that the delivery the message of is poorly missed. The story structure is repetitive and gets tedious really quick. It goes back and forth between Hannah giving exposition/description and then switches back to the second narrator (Clint?) describing how he is stirring his coffee. At least over 50 times he “leans his head against the cool window against his throbbing head.” It really takes me out of the story if the main story gets interrupted by a description of what the second character is doing that provides nothing to the current story. Because of this there’s little drama or tension created, and without that there’s no interesting story. There is no character depth or development at all for any of the two main characters. I cannot even give a description of them (I finished the novel yesterday) as they are weakly constructed. Even though Hannah is supposed to be the main character, we know little about her and don’t learn much more about her as a person as the story progresses. Clint, who listens to the story Hannah is providing, simply wanders around to locations, stirs coffee, rests his head and occasionally provides his input, but nothing that makes the story interesting. Both characters also hint at events to come so there are few surprises with the plot. Overall the story was boring, characters are dull, and was not enjoyable to read due to repetition and lack of drama and suspense. Very overrated novel.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Bought this book after watching the show and although it is different it is still good
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Um It's a powerful, emotional book. That being said, there seems to be a disconnect between what constitutes a book about anti-bullying and conscientious school communities and straight up suicide romanticism. Be VERY careful if you buy this book for a young student. Suicide isn't a good strategy for revenge or lesson-learning. It's irreversible and I find this book to be rather irresponsible when it addresses this topic.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from better than the show interesting and it really keeps you hooked! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Blah Its not great as everyone says it is. Its basically saying the only way to get over your bullying/harassment is revenge by suicide -_-. Just no.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful this book, as well as the show, were lovely and very powerful. you start seeing who you are, and the things you've done, in a whole new light. overall i feel the message to the story is strong and impacts everyone reading.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Only read because of the Netflix show I hate to say it but the Netflix show definitely portrayed these characters much more thoroughly. The books emotions almost felt too distant to me... A good read if you want to see the original source material.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad... The book was extremely sad, but extremely interesting. This book is well written and your so lost that you just keep reading. The plot on the other hand wasn't the best.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 13 Reasons Why This story keeps you hooked from the first page. The idea of Clay listening to Hannah's story and walking around to the sites that she is describing is hard to read.. but you want to know. Hannah's story is beyond tragic.. but this story goes to show we need to pay attention to how we talk to people, and treat everyone... because you never know what else could be going on with them (and also it's the decent thing to do .. treat others the way you want to be treated). I felt terrible for Clay because he truly did care about Hannah, and would have done anything to keep her safe. This story keeps you hooked because you want to know who was the last person she reached out too, and how emotionally she shut down towards her final decision. This book is difficult, but needed. After reading this novel I also binge watched the Netflix series, which was also amazing.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This. I bought the book after watching the show, cause I couldn't get enough 13 reasons why.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book I bought this book awhile back, and it is a well written book about a subject all parents should discuss with their children
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from awful plot I hated the book and the entire plot line. it makes it seem as if suicide is ever justified and as if people get their vengeance by dying. In reality the bullies don't care, only the dead person's loved ones do.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I read this book back when it was not so popular for a school assignment but really learned to enjoy it.I believe that everyone should read this(well if they have a mature mind).
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I read the book thinking it was going to be better then the Netflix Series (which I did not like at all). Some parts were completely different, and I didn't enjoy it at all. I feel like the characters in the story didn't take the situation very seriously. One thing I did like though was how the author wrote Hannah's and Clay's perspectives.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad but i couldnt put it down life lessons are so so large in this one, emotional and so powerful
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was okay. Not the best, not the worst. Its like one of those in between books that you don't hate and love.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay. Not the best, not the worst. Its like one of those in between books that you don't hate and love.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I got this book as a gift and I completely fell in love with it. Totally worth reading it.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Devastating and Beautiful It was a hard book to get through at times, but an important one. While the mode of storytelling through Hannah's tapes made it a suspenseful and gripping read, there were times when all these little realizations hit me at once and forced me stop and try to come to terms with them. Definitely one of those books that I thought about long after I had finished it.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from emotionally gripping while reading this book, there were times that i could not take it all in and i had to give myself some time before continuing. i think that's what i loved about it; how powerful and heartrending it is.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hmm... I cant say this was a bad book, considering I finished it in a day. But Ii really did have problems with the whole 'blame' aspect. Our main character, Hannah, had 13 reasons she committed suicide, and the reasons happened to be... people. Blaming others isn't right, and I'm not sure this book really set a good example. And the Netflix series hasn't helped either.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting book This book is very flawed in its way of depicting how being suicidal really is and has poor description of mental health. However, it is a great conversation starter and attention grabber. While it was well written and the subject matter is pertinent, I must say that to make a drama about this topic as a revenge plot is very difficult to pull off. Honestly, the book is better in that regard than the TV show but is still lacking. I did like how emotional this book is on the other hand. It was an interesting read.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful story! Beautiful story that really makes you think about how your actions, big or small, impact others. It certainly changed my perspective on things. Everyone should read this!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Such a heartbreaking but well written novel. A must read for people in high school, has some tough topics but should be discussed!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This novel really portrays teenagers and society well, and it shows how fragile individuals are. Really love this novel, I reccomend this to everyone.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwrenching This book brought on so much controversy, and many people misunderstood and thought it was glamourizing suicide, which is the complete opposite of what it was trying to do. This story depicted what it is truly like to be suicidal, how even the smallest things will build up because when you have reached that point, it is very hard to come back. It showed the cruelty of high school, and the effect your actions have on other people, and in no way glamourized suicide.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was amazing and I loved reading it. This book was very emotional but I really wanted to know how she committed suicide and who did it to her. This book I would read over and over again.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great but not for everyone I loved this book and I found that it was more satisfying than the show but for some, this book might not be for them.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good Read Incredibly powerful, relatable, but also extremely depressing.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh. I found that a lot of this book didn't sit well with me. Perhaps it would have been more relatable had I read it in high school though! #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. I can't say I would recommend it to a friend due to the fact that everyone's situation is different.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book My 13 year old daughter wanted this book so I bought and read it first to make sure it was okay for her to read. It was riveting and interesting and I found hard to put down. I think it was a good read for my daughter as it shows how peoples actions toward other people can be hurtful and mean. Highly recommend
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! Really shows you how people with depression feel!
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! read this before the TV series came out and it was amazing. Drew me in like no tmrw.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! Finished reading this book a month ago after the T.V. series came out and couldn't put it down. its a great book to read
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Misunderstood First off, please take my word for it that Thirteen Reasons Why is worth the read even if you have already seen the Netflix show. Though the Netflix adaptation was very well done, Clay's perspective of the events leading to Hannah's death don't translate too well on screen (for understandable reasons due to constraints of a show versus the amount of detail and perspective that can be taken in written word). And aside from the important issues concerning suicide and bullying (just to name a few) that the novel addresses, what really makes Thirteen Reasons Why unique and compelling is how Clay sees Hannah, and how he feels about the events that lead to her death; in contrast to how Hannah felt about herself, and her ability to persevere through those same events. I think if you read the novel with that contrast in mind, you really start to see that the people who think Hannah's tapes are petty, and unfair to Clay and the others are sadly misinformed. The tapes are not revenge or a measure taken to hold people accountable (as is best exemplified by the fact that the person who, arguably, did the most harm is the one Hannah least wants to have knowledge of the tapes). Instead, Hannah's tapes simply answer the question: why would Hannah kill herself? How does a person muster such an unimaginable amount of will to intentionally end their life? Those are the questions Clay asks himself...and that Hannah's tapes give him the answers to.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved this! the book was a lot better than the TV series
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Thirteen Reasons Why The only saving grace for this novel, in my opinion, was Clay. Clay seems like such a nice boy.. Hannah is (in a word) awful. This sounds horrible, but I really couldn't have cared less what happened to her. Hannah seems to enjoy placing blame on everyone without accepting much for herself.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Required reading This should be on everyone's reading list so we can truly learn how extreme our words and actions can effect people even if we think they're minuscule moments ourself.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional and Deep This book has a strong message that just wasn't conveyed as it should have been in the Netflix adaptation. Definitely read it if you've watched the show without reading it first. And if you are planning to watch it, read the book first. This is really emotional, content is blunt, and there is no sugarcoating it was at its roughest, most beautiful edges. Really deep.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book I love this book so much. Jay Asher is such a talented writer, you won't regret reading it. Don't compare this book to the Netflix series because that isn't fair, both are good but in their own ways. I highly suggest reading this book, it will open your eyes.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting read I know there's a netflix series out for this, but quite frankly I enjoyed the book much more than the movie.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real I heard about the book a while ago, but wanted to read it book before the show came out. I loved it, it was terrifying, sad, beautiful, and real.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye opener I got this book a while back and I found it very eye opening to me. It is a great novel for teens and young adults I strongly recommend it
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an eerie and mind-blowing book! I recently read this book and I'm still in shock. I loved it from beginning to end.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hearbreaking and Raw Thirteen Reasons Why is a must read. While it deals with heavy, important subjects like suicide and sexual assault, the core of the book is really how we treat others. The first thing to note, is the book differs from the Netflix series. In the book, it only takes Clay one night to listen to all the tapes. Which lead me through the book in one sitting. I could not put it down. Weaving through the town, Clay visits all the spots in the tapes as he learns the reasons Hannah took her life. There is a pace set in the book, which is not really matched in the series. A frantic, frenetic pace that really led to the intensity of what the story is. A girl who was at the end, who thought she had nowhere left to turn. However, in the heartbreaking intensity of the weight of the subject, I was left with hope. Clay finds his voice. He learns to say what he wants. And I learned to treat other people with kindness. Because you never know what someone else is carrying or how you may add to their load.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from BEAUTIFUL The book is way better than the show, so inspirational and touching!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A friend recommended this to me a few years ago and I am so happy she did! It really makes me think and I have read it over and over again.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW, very powerful This book was an important story to tell of how the actions we do can extremely effect someone. Even if we think it's nothing, to them it is something. I did read the book after watching the show, which i wish I did the opposite.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 13 reason why I thought the idea of this book was a good one but I did not like the format of the book. I was often confused as to who was talking. There was no break between characters. I would often have to go back and reread some of it just to figure out who was talking.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling This book is so eerie and chilling. I have yet to watch the show, but the book was so well written that it creeped me out, made me cry, and made me think about the way we treat other people.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this I loved this book because it made me think about the people who were living after the person who commits suicide
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real life mysteries 13 Reasons why definitely knows how to arise issues of today. The book lets young people realize the harsh realities of the world. It's a great book. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Really heavy subject but the author did well in portraying the character's struggles
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok this book didn't live up to the reviews but was still enjoyable
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great hard to put down its amazing
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favourites this book was so powerful and eye opening. i loved it so much , definitely one of my favourites
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good An interesting read. Well written.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it because of the netflix show Before I started watching the show I wanted to read the book first and then compare it to the aspects of the show. The book in itself is a pretty insightful book, it deals with topics that most authors tend to tread carefully on. I think that it could be a triggering book because it does deal with some issues of society in which teens do face in reality.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heavy subject; easy reading Easy to read. Would be a good book club pick. Heavy subject matter though,
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it What a meaningful yet terrifying book. It really touches reality and what children are going through today. All teenagers should be reading this book.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Necessary Read for Teens This book about teen suicide should be read by teens in order to understand the snowball affect. This book highlights how one seemingly small action can have major consequences down the road. Was this book the best read? No, but it was good and kept me wanting to read more. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overall an okay book I have to agree with many other reviews, I found the portrayal of "if everyone had been nice to Hannah then she wouldn't have commit suicide" a little off putting. Bullying is definitely a major factor in suicide risk but is not the ONLY factor.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I read this book many years back before it became very popular through the Netflix adaptation. Still holds the same amount of validity and reliability to many teens to this very day.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fast and compelling This book was a very fast read, it follows the story of a highschool girl who commits suicide and leaves cassette tapes to 13 people explaining why she made the decision, and how their actions aided it along the way. Definitely recommend the read.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting A very powerful book, that really has you reflecting back on yourself.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I read this book years ago when it first came out, I still keep it on my shelf and read from time to time and I still enjoy it. It will always be a favourite of mine.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh Preachy. Didn't enjoy much.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real and heartbreaking This is the story of Hannah a high school girl who commits suicide, leaving behind 13 haunting cassette tapes detailing her reasons why. This is a heartbreaking tale which really digs to the truth of teen bullying and it's ever lasting affects. I hope this is a story that many young high schoolers read, understand and take to heart. It really makes you reflect on your experiences and how you treat and have treated people. Highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An ok read I picked it up because I was interested by the cover and the premise of the book. Some parts of the book read slow but I was interested in how it was written. Glad I read it but don't like how they wrapped it up at the end. Given all that I would still recommend it as it is an interesting read.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Underwhelming A sad, serious read, but if you've suffered mental illness, or had someone close to you who has, it glorifies the struggle a little too much.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hard to get through I did not like the way they handled the issue of suicide. A good read on bullying but not with respect to mental illness.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book Could not put this book down. I bought this book based on the buzz of the upcoming Netflix series and I was not disappointed. At times some very heavy material but I came out of the book with a greater outlook on people and life. All around a great book everyone should read
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes me wanna cry I was interesting and really sad
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too hyped I had heard a lot of good opinions about this book and heard it was an extraordinary story, but I felt like the book was actually underwhelming. Sure the moral behind the story is an important one, but I felt like the author could have done better with plot line and the characters. The main character didn't achieve to make me feel anything at all and I was just bored the whole time. The idea behind the story though is a really good one, just not well developed.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional and connects with you This book brought me to tears when I read it and taught me a lot about how much being bullied hurts
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Very interesting to read and kept me wanting more.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I wanted to read this before watching the show. It's very interesting and engaging.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Story you can't forget I never knew this book existed until the show came out. I read it after I finished watching the show. I liked them both. It's rare to find a book adaptation that's as good as the book. They compliment each other. The show explored more areas than the book, while I felt the book gave me a better understanding of Hannah; she's a character I felt I could relate to. The book is a quick read and you can't stop once you start reading it. It stays with you when you're done.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Absolutely beautiful. It was amazing to read and beautifuly writen. Jay Asher did an amazing job and presented a discriptive view into Hanna's life and her feelings.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the Netflix show I picked up this book a couple months before the Netflix show was released and I could not put it down. For anyone who watched the show whether you loved it or hated it, take the time to read this amazing book.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All time favorite This book has always been of one my favorite for the important topics discussed in it. I first read this book when I was 14 years old and I just couldn't forget it. I just reread it with the series coming out and I can say it passed the test of time.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read really opens your eyes to the world of bullying and it can affect someone and people around them
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unforgettable A great read, especially for young adults. Starts conversations, and heart-wrenchingly portrays an important issue.
Date published: 2017-05-17

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