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 to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
Hannah's voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.
All through the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovers changes his life . . . forever.
13 reasons why
The debut novel by Jay Asher, Thirteen reasons why is an insightful read about causes of suicide in modern day teens. The story is based around the main character of the story, Clay Jensen who receives a package containing several cassette tapes which detail why his first crush Hannah Baker committed suicide. By listening to the tapes, Clay is thrown into the secret life of his classmate. Hannah reveals her secrets about love, friendship and death and sends her listeners on a unique adventure that reveals a whole new side of herself. This honest and thought-provoking novel opens the readers mind to a different perspective on suicide than what we would normally perceive. This book is a must read. - Izzy
Garden City, 10/05/2016
Thirteen reasons to be kind
This book was off and running from the first page. Clay Jensen's life changed when he received the tapes that hold this mystery to his classmates suicide. On the tapes Hannah explains her reasons why the thirteen people who receive them caused her suicide. But Clay was a reason of hope for her. He takes what she says in blows and through his emotional roller coaster he comes out a better person thanks to Hannah. This book was very insightful into teenage dramas but also helps open up your mind and stop to consider how every action we take can directly affect another person. I loved every turn of the page and it left me wanting more. I'll never give off hand mean comments ever again. Reviewed by 44rh
Perhaps the most confrontational book i've ever read
This book confronts you and the views you may have on suicide. Hannah's way of looking at the events that lead up to her death and the influences of it are phenomenal. I read this book in one afternoon because I was hooked. It's not about judging the decision Hannah made in the end, rather understanding how, in this teenager's fragile mind, seemingly small, insignificant events added up to become a black hole of depression. So well written and crafted so you feel both the pain of Hannah and Clay.