Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen 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.
This book was about a topic that is pretty personal to me, for about 3 years now. Suicide. So it was a thought-provoking, intense novel that I devoured, seeing how everything was connecting, and how little things just built up, and were added to, and how they filled the already full cup. It was sad, and heart-breaking. And a wonderful novel!
I loved how the story went on, with Hannah narrating, and Clay going where she told, or Clay had a thought or 2 about what Hannah was saying. Basically, he was in hell thinking that he had a hand in her death, when in fact he was the one good thing, and how could've maybe stopped her, But anyways. it was such a great book!
I hated seeing how other teens would treat others, that they are that bad to each other. And mostly it was small things! Things that just wouldn't really matter. But they mattered when they caused more pain then anybody could know, well, it just goes to show that people should stop things like that, lists of hot or not, stealing, lying, double standards, using, exaggerating the truth...it just doesn't do any good, and it causes immeasurable pain.
The last 2 words she said to Clay, because the last words, she meant them as a message to those really 12 people who ruined her life, were so simple, but they meant everything, and it really brought the story together. I'm sorry. Just 2 words. And they mean the world. And they helped with the ending, too, to make it just a little bit better.
This was a book that you have to read, if only because someone did something like write your name on a list, to show you how not to go about it. Read it!
Author: Jay Asher
Read: January 22nd-23rd, 2012
Reason Why: I wanted to, and it might be a FtBRC book. Yep.
Published: March 18th 2007