Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Release Date: October 18th, 2007
Age Group: Young Adult
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen.This book was an intense read for me. I have never read a book that was about why someone committed suicide. The book makes the reader rethink how they treat people or how they judge people.
The characters were intensely real. The possible guilt could be seen on various characters as Clay encountered them after listening to tapes that Hannah left behind. Hannah was also realistic as the story behind her death comes out. It is easy to see how girls feel when things they cannot control happen and they get depressed.
The writing had a way of hooking the reader until they new every reason on those tapes. It was not an easy read, not because of the style but because of the content.