13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher was a book that I had been wanting to read for a while. This was on my TBR pile for a while, and then when I heard that it was soon coming out as a Netflix series, I decided to read it as soon as possible. I read this book in two days, If I hadn’t had responsibilities such as going to work, then I would have 100% read this in one sitting. I had heard nothing but good things about this book and I was so excited to start reading it, and I also found it quite relatable.
This is a novel about friendship, sexuality and honesty, and as a teenager, (although now in my final year of being a teen) and with my final school years still fairly fresh in my memory, It was easy for me to think back, and also relate to how Hannah was feeling before she took her own life.
Hannah Baker killed herself two weeks ago, and Clay gets home from school finding a package on his bed, confused, but also interested in what is on these tapes, he straight away listens to them. There are 7 tapes in the package, and both sides have recordings on them, except for the 7th one. There are 13 recordings altogether. Each side is a story that belongs to someone at school, with Hannah explaining why that person was apart of the reason that she killed herself. The rule is that each person must listen to all of the tapes, and when they are done, pass them onto the next person in the list. If one of them does not do this, then there are a second version of the tapes, and not only the 13 people involved hear what is on them, but everyone does.
Hello, boys and girls. Hannah Baker here. Live and in stereo.
No return engagements. No encore. And this time, absolutely no regrets.
I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to these tapes, you’re one of the reasons why.
I’m not saying which tape brings you into the story. But fear not, if you received this lovely little box, your name will pop up . . . I promise.
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 discovered changes his life forever.
Asher cleverly allowed both Hannah’s and Clay’s point of view of everything on the tape and the same time, and it works very well. It allows us as the reader to know Hannah’s reasons, but also Clay’s perspective of it all.
At school, people can be so nasty, for absolutely no reason at all. I had some experience with this, along with so many other people. People would just take the piss out of others for little things, things that didn’t involve them in the slightest, and they knew they were hurting the other person, but did they care? of course not, because it was fun for them and they were bored, so why not make someone else feel shit? Some people do this intentionally, however, the message that Hannah brings, is a lot of the time, people don’t even realise that they are hurting other people, and their action affect so many things going on in someone’s life.
This book makes you think about what we can do everyday, to make people’s lives a little better, if we didn’t do that one thing, or say that one thing maybe we can save their lives. If we didn’t comment on someone’s hair or their appearance, but actually complimented their hair or their appearance, maybe we can make their day a little bit better. If we don’t say that one negative thing, someone else won’t do that one negative action and things will be better for that person. Therefore, I’m going to give this book 5 stars because it is relatable and it makes us think about how our actions and our words can affect other people both in a positive and negative way.