Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why an Young Adult Novel written by Jay Asher, was published on 2007. It is a story on a high school teen, who commits suicide because of the betrayal and bullying.

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

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.

When I bought the book, I had a great expectations. I found the description very intriguing, but sadly I didn’t like the book at all. I started the book okay, but after each page I started to dislike it more and more.

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I didn’t like the fact Hannah blamed her suicide on other people. Obviously, those people weren’t great but I believe, our life depends on us only- how we take it and what we make out of it. It may sound cruel but I felt Hannah only wanted some excuses to kill herself.

 You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.

I think Hannah could’ve done a lot of things, fought back a lot of things but I felt she didn’t even want to try. She just let it happen and then sent tapes blaming others for what happened to her. In addition, I think the situations she encountered, everyone experiences them.

But you can’t get away from yourself. You can’t decide not to see yourself anymore. You can’t decide to turn off the noise in your head.

Moreover, suicide is a very serious issue, and people don’t commit suicide just because they are angry on things that happened to them in school and just because they want to make the people (who are responsible) know what they did to them. It’s more serious, deep and a very long time process. For some reason, the suicide of Hannah Baker looked unrealistic to me. People thinks a million time before actually committing suicide and I think when they do, they are at their most vulnerable state. But, for Hannah I felt she was just angry and was complaining.

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You can’t go back to how things were. How you thought they were. All you really have is…now.

And after all this, I’m going to say, I did like some of the quotes from the book, which are very relatable. And I also liked the style of the writing.

I wanted people to trust me, despite anything they’d heard. And more than that, I wanted them to know me. Not the stuff they thought they knew about me. No, the real me. I wanted them to get past the rumors. To see beyond the relationships I once had, or maybe still had but that they didn’t agree with.

Rate: 2.5/5

[ 5/5 : I LOVE IT
4/5 : I like it, it’s very good
3/5 : It was okay but something was missing
2/5 : I don’t like it
1/5 : I hate it!]

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

  1. I watched the show of this on Netflix. A lot of people hated it a lot of people loved it. It’s just one of these things, but I really like that you’ve read it. It’s definitely still on my reading list xx

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  2. I wish I have read the book before watching the series. I always like to do it that way but the series got so popular that I almost felt forced to watch it haha but now that I read your post, I am thinking that I should have just read the book first as the story is just presented in a more detailed and interesting manner.

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  3. I watched the show. I didn’t love it. Like you said she was complaining a lot, walking into untoward situations .I mean who goes and sits in a pool with the guy who was last seen raping your friend. C’mon seriously

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