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Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

ThirteenReasonsWhyTitle: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Release Date: October 18, 2007
Pages: 288

First Line: “‘Sir?’ she repeats.”

“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 she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.” – from the book jacket

My Thoughts: I read this book in one day, partially because I was just waiting with Clay for his name to come up on the tapes, but also just because Hannah’s tapes were compelling. Even though Clay wasn’t very close to Hannah, his emotions over her death felt raw and real to me. I’ve read some reviews that have said that Hannah reasons weren’t good enough, or that she didn’t seem depressed enough to commit suicide. But having gone through a lot of anxiety and depression in my youth, I felt for Hannah, and I felt her story was realistic. No one ever fully understands why anyone makes the decision to end their own life.

Clay was really the best part of the book for me though. I loved Clay. I felt for him. I cried for him, with him. I liked that his thoughts were spliced in with Hannah’s narration. I liked getting his reaction immediately with my own. I know this book is not exactly new, but I’m glad I finally read it, because I think the subject is important and doesn’t get enough discussion, and it was a very creative way to tell the story.

My Ratings:
Writing: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Subject: 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Kept me interested: 5/5
Overall rating: 5/5