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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

March 17th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

Description: Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box 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. 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.

Let me just say Wow!  Lately I’ve only read a few books that totally blew me away and this is definitely one of them.   I didn’t want to stop reading this one.

Originally the idea sounded really depressing, reading why a young girl decides to end her life.  But as you read about all the small events that took place that eventually snow balled up to a point where Hannah felt she could no longer go on, you realize that what may be an inconsequential action to give can mean a lot to someone else.  I can only imagine what the rest of the recipients of these tapes must have been thinking as they listened to Hannah’s story but I hope they learned something from them as well.  If you have not read this one yet I highly recommend you go out and get yourself a copy.

Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

12 Responses

  1. Wrighty

    Great job! I just read this one recently too. The whole time I was so into it that I wanted to tell her not to do it, forgetting that she already had. One thing that kind of bothered me was the back and forth between his thoughts and her voice. Sometimes it was confusing. I’ve read many reviews from people who listened to it and loved that version. I’m going to look for that at my library just to compare.

  2. dsuzuki

    I was the same way! I kept wanting to say not to do it or hoping she wouldn’t even though I knew she already had. Yeah, the jumping back and forth was confusing at certain points.

  3. the epic rat

    Beautiful cover! And I am glad that you got blown away by this book – I’ve heard nothing but good things :) I am glad that the author handled the topic well!

  4. Katie

    this is in my pile! Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Johnny

    I freakin love this book. Im not quite done yet though. I still have to finish reading it but its a good book. It’s pretty sad.

  6. dsuzuki

    Glad you are liking it. It is sad though.

  7. Tashiana

    this sounds so good. The whole idea of someone leaving something behind after they die like in p.s. i love you is really interesting to me

  8. Raelena

    Sounds like an emotional read. I will definitely be reading this

  9. Sarah Lim

    I loved this book SO MUCH!! When I finished it, I seriously reconsidered by actions toward people. The author did a wonderful job encorporating such an important topic into a YA novel. I’m glad that you liked it so much!

  10. dsuzuki

    This was an emotional read but I loved it. It does definitely make you think twice about some things you might say or do and not realize how others may take it.

  11. Briana

    I have heard tons of great things about this book and want to read it so badly. Your review doesn’t help, btw. :P Now I just want to read it even more. I think I may go insane. lol. j/k

  12. dsuzuki

    LOL. It was really good!

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