Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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The #1 New York Times bestseller and modern classic that’s been changing lives for a decade gets a gorgeous revamped cover and special additional content.  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 from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

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★★★(3 stars)

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Hannah Baker’s life ended two weeks ago when a package arrived at Clay Jensen’s house, containing seven tapes, sides A and B, and thirteen reasons why she committed her suicide.

As Clay listens to each tape, he soon discovers that Hannah’s last words will change his life forever.

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  • The story of Hannah’s suicide is very relatable. I know most of you have this one very depressing moment in your life where you want everything to end including your life. Well, Hannah’s story is a mirror of almost every horror a girl could imagine occurring in school, including those simple stupid things that happened on the sidelines. Many of us have heard or experienced some of her circumstances, thus, making it relatable.

  • I can’t get off the thrill. Every single person involved is unexpectedly unique. What they did was unpredictable, making me stick to the story from beginning till end.

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  • The writing style is so confusing, I need to reread some paragraphs again just to know which is which. There are two point of views in the whole novel, Hannah’s and Clay’s. Hannah’s are those from the tapes and written in italicized letters while for Clay, they are written in normal fonts. Sometimes I tend to forget their difference that I get both point of views jumbled up.

  • Reading the novel reminds me of John Green’s Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns and somehow of the movie, Easy A too. As stated, this book is a hodgepodge of literature and themes that will truly suit your taste.
  • The novel is too over rated. Okay, so this is what I am constantly babbling about while I was reading the whole thing. I have been looking forward to reading this book for years now but I haven’t got the chance until today. The reason why I decided to read it is because of its Netflix series with the same name. Interesting, but not that interesting, if that even makes sense. It did not exceed my expectations nor even reached it. Maybe I have been expecting too much, or am I not?

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Thank you again for reading my review. I hope you enjoy and please do come back sometime.

Till my next review!

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