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 deserves five stars.
Ellen Hopkins did not lie when she said that this is « A book that you can’t get out of your mind. »
It is one of the best books that I read last year. It is so captivating and addictive, once you start reading it you just can’t stop.
The people who say that Hannah Baker didn’t give a good, valid reason for killing herself are wrong. Of course killing yourself because someone groped your butt is stupid. But having all the thirteen reasons told in the story piled together is what led to her suicide.
Imagine being lonely, alone with no real friends, imagine the people that you thought were your friends leave you down, imagine that where ever you are people would look at you in a bad way and would talk behind your back, imagine being groped and humiliated in a public place, imagine ‘a peeping tom’ ruining the privacy of your home, imagine being in the same room where a girl is being raped, imagine having your body used, imagine being mocked and having your personal poems used…
Hannah eventually did not feel safe (even in her own house), she felt let down by everyone, she felt lonely, she didn’t have anyone there with her and she felt that no one could help her. That was what led to her suicide, she was depressed.
“No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”
“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.”
This book changes you. It helps you understand that whatever you do or say, that all of our actions affect the people surrounding us positively or negatively.
This book is so emotional and mesmerizing, and Hannah’s voice is so strong and eerie (that’s why I want to buy the audio book). The characters are real and profound and the writing style is so amazing.
I can’t wait for the TV-Series but I hope with all my heart that they won’t ruin it.
I recommend this book.