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Book Review: “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher


One day, Clay Jenson returns home from school to a package on his front steps addressed to him.  There is no return address on the box and when Clay opens the box, he discovers 7 cassette tapes recorded by his classmate, Hannah Baker.  Hannah had been Clay’s crush until she had committed suicide two weeks prior…these tapes will unlock the reasons why.  There are 13 sides to the tapes…all telling the story of why Hannah decided to end her own life…13 reasons why she took her own life. Clay has gotten the tapes because he is one of those reasons.

Told through both Hannah’s words on tape and Clay’s own thoughts, “Thirteen Reasons Why” will take you on an emotional journey through the trials and troubles students in high school face on a daily basis.  How do rumors affect a person’s life, what are the consequences of drinking and driving, how do you handle the stress of reaching out to someone for help and getting nothing in return?

Although many reviews say that Hannah’s reasons for suicide aren’t “enough” no one can ever know just how much words and actions can hurt someone.  Are we looking for warning signs or ignoring them because our lives are too busy? “Thirteen Reasons Why” makes you ask yourself the tough questions…and makes you open your eyes just a little more to what goes on in the world around us.

Book Review: “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher 4 out of 5 stars.


One response

  1. Dee Schwinn

    Don’t know if I want to read that one or not. Is it a true story..or fiction?

    April 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

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