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Thirteen reasons why Jay Asher Book Review

Thirteen reasons why Jay Asher Book Review


Books synopsis

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.


Thirteen reasons why Jay Asher Book Review

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.


Thirteen reasons why is about Clay Jansen, his school is mourning for the death of Hannah Baker, he comes home to find a package for him. When he opens the package, he finds set of tapes, curious and baffled he plays them to get the shock of his life, the tapes are recorded by Hannah, the girl who committed suicide. As you can imagine this story is intense and raw. There a total of thirteen tapes, (that’s why the title is Thirteen reasons why) where Hannah states her thirteen reasons why she done it and sent to people responsible and to be passed on.


So, this story deals with a rather sensitive issue. Some of those kids were horrible to Hannah, they bullied her spread false rumors about her.


I do think that Hannah took it a step too far, her suicide was a plea for attention and revenge against those bullies. It was selfish of her to put her parents through that ordeal and if she sought help, she did yes by the school counsel told her to simply “move on” when addressing some of her issues. She should have sought it elsewhere. Suicide isn’t the answer, this is the message of the story.


I think what Hannah did those tapes as a  form of a suicide note which was manipulative and a get back at the people who wrong her. However, Torturing them like that for the rest of their lives in that manner? Yes, some of them deserved it.


Some people my opinion didn’t deserve to be on tapes:

Caly why did she included him on the tapes? He did nothing to her!  He barely knew her. He was dragged through the whole mess when she should have left him out.

Ryan I didn’t think he deserved to be tortured like that compared to what the others did (spoiler) publishing a poem without her permission. It was anonymous not even her name was in it. It’s something any high school student would do. Yes, it was cruel but not a reason enough to commit suicide over.

And why did she go Bryce’s party knowing what he did? Why? It’s likes going to lion’s den and expecting not be eaten, it’s like as if Hannah was looking for something that would break her Uttley.


Please keep in mind:

Hannah didn’t commit suicide because she was bullied but because she was mentally unstable. Whoever is reading this please remember that and this coming from someone who was bullied harshly in school. Yes, it does affect you, yes people are shit and yes it breaks your spirit but you pick yourself up and carry on. I believe the biggest revenge you can give to those bullies is to find happiness and be successful.

Thirteen reasons why it is a heartbreaking story and Clay deeply cared for Hannah. He loved her I wish she did open up to him. I’m sure he would have helped her. The ending part of the book where he’s looking at her desk and says that he no longer sees her again was too emotional that it made me cry.

Thirteen reasons why Jay Asher Book Review
Tip: if you decide to read the book take in consideration that it deals with uncomfortable issues and if you feeling depressed or going to a trauma in your life don’t read it.


Be Safe and if you need help please go and seek it I  know that when people don’t take these matters seriously (which is a shame) there are helplines where you can ask for help.


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  • Kelley Aroura

    I loved this tv series. It was so inspirational to mental health issues. and it did a great job showing all the ways bullying adds up in young minds. Lots of small things combined can do damage to the mental state. The book is definitely on my to read list, the book is always better than the shows and movies.

    • joannewritesbooks

      Thanks for your comment. I loved the TV show too the book as always is better they changed stuff in Tv show as for example Clay finished the tapes over night so the story is told in one single night not how it is the TV show but I recommend you read the book.

  • Jacqueline

    I’ve never heard of this TV series nor the book. I don’t watch a lot of television, I’m not home a lot right now since it’s my busy season. The book might intrigue me enough to read it. I like reading when I travel.

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