13 Reasons Why: Review of the Novel by Jay Asher

Suicide is a serious subject that not a lot of people like to talk about. There are a lot of people who have lost someone to this sad act and it leaves us broken and lost. I’m sure most wonder if they were part of the cause, or to blame; I know I have.

This subject is what 13 Reasons Why is about.  A girl named Hannah Baker commits suicide.  Everyone is left to wonder why she ended her life, and some of the people that affected her life get to find out her story.  However as they listen to what lead Hannah to committing such an act, they also learn about each others flaws to get them on Hannah’s list. 

This story is real,pure, and raw.  To me it is a mystery because it keeps you wondering why certain people are on her list, especially Clay Jensen; a.k.a. the good guy.

The story takes you through the two main characters lives; Hannah and Clay.  When Clay presses the play button you hear Hannah’s words, but then you also get to hear Clays’s story and his reaction to Hannah’s words.

The author put this book together very cleverly.

It all starts when Clay recieves the shoe box full of cassettes and reluctantly decides to listen to them. The box of cassettes holds 7 tapes, each containing one story and one person on each side, except for the seventh which only has one side.  Some are about failed relationships, betrayel, deceit, dropping names, lies, as well as many other reasons.  Clay’s story however is more unique than all other of the twelve reasons.  He was the good guy in the story, except he did not do anything about it.

Clay takes these 7 tapes with him and listens to the story as he goes to all the places she talks about in Hannah’s tapes.  Before the tapes ever came out, each of the 13 people recieved a map.

The two main characters are Clay Jensen and Hannah Baker.  Each acting as narrators. Hannah narrates her story on the tapes, and Clay narrates when he is sharing his thoughts about Hannah’s story.

This is a definate serious subject to be written about, and  I think Jay Asher puts all the pieces together very well.

I decided to add a clip of Hannah introducing the tapes, for you all to get a feel of the emotion and suspense of the novel, enjoy!

Thanks to Hannahsfriend13 for the video!

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4 Comments
  1. Posted January 25, 2009 at 2:33 am

    This does sound like a really intriguing book!

  2. zoey
    Posted February 21, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    i love pie so much i would barf for it

  3. Posted June 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    hi this is like totally awesome thanks

  4. Melanie
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    This book….wow…it helps. To everyone having problems similar to Hannah. I was truly in her situation. Very truly. I, myself, was to commit suicide, but unlike Hannah…..someone saved me. A guy who I had fell in love with saved me. Just in time. He gave me a reason to live. And I thank him for that. Reading this book reminded me of that. I wish I too, like Clay, did something to prevent Hannah from committing suicide. I love this book. It’s Awesome!!!!!! ^_^

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