Book Title: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Description: Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen 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 readers. (Description from Goodreads.com)
Review: 13 Reasons Why is an amazing book about a girl named Hannah who records 7 audio tapes and sends them to 13 people who have somehow impacted her decision to commit suicide. The book is from the perspective of a shy boy, Clay. He comes home from school one day to find that there was a package with his name. Upon opening it, he finds several tapes recorded by Hannah. These tapes were given to the first person on Hannah’s list and after they listened to all the tapes they were to give it to next person on the list, and so on. The tapes were about the experiences Hannah had gone through that slowly built up till she overdosed on pills and died. This perfectly shows that someone committing suicide doesn’t just do it because of one event. It may be that one event that finally makes someone explode. It really informs people about the truth of suicide and not the stereotypical facts. The person who is narrating the tapes is Hannah, who talks about the pain she had experienced and the suffering she had when everything started going downhill. Her depression slowly built up until she gave up.
13 Reasons Why was very realistically written from the perspective of a depressed teen. There was so much suspense throughout the book and it kept readers eagerly flipping the pages. The book has so many intense and real emotions that are the emotions teens feel without exaggerating them. “You can hear rumors but you can’t know them,” and “no one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people,” and “you can’t go back to how things were. How you thought they were. All you really have is now.” These quotes and more teach us so many things we probably never have much thought about and it really opens up our eyes to what’s happening around us. It teaches how fragile humans are and how we never treat each other with that type of respect everyone deserves. It’s sad, eye-opening, realistic, hopeful, and extraordinary, all in one book. After reading this book you will have no choice but to pay attention to the actions you make every day. Teens will be able to connect with this story in one way or another. Whether it’s small struggles or big, there will be some strength for everyone. This book would be highly recommended especially for high school students.