Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

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 ...


Details Thirteen Reasons Why

TitleThirteen Reasons Why
ISBN9781595147882
Author
Release DateDec 27th, 2016
PublisherRazorbill
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Realistic Fiction, Teen
Rating

Reviews Thirteen Reasons Why

  • Beth
    2011-08-27
    I'm one of the very few people who strongly disliked Thirteen Reasons Why, so maybe I should explain to you why.I hate Thirteen Reasons Why. And here’s why.Most of all, it glamorises suicide.I'm putting this at the top because I can't believe I missed it in my original review. And this is a controversial point, because most of my Goodreads friends, whose opinions I would hold up as gospel, loved this book for its realistic and harrowing portray...
  • emma
    2014-07-07
    THIRTEEN REASONS WHY I HATE THIS BOOK.Note, 6/10/17: Tape #11 has been updated.https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...Alright. I really thought I wasn't going to review this book. But a status sharing certain anti-anti 13 Reasons Why sentiments (did that make sense?) just came up onto my timeline, and I, to put it cordially, fucking snapped.Let me preface this by saying: If this book or television show helped you in any way, this review is not ...
  • Emily May
    2013-10-10
    “When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.” Sometimes it's hard to see why other people might dislike a book you enjoy, but with Thirteen Reasons Why, I can understand it perfectly.It is told from the perspective of Clay, but is mostly about the life of Hannah - a girl who recently killed herself. After her death, Clay receives a set of cassette tapes on whic...
  • Nina ♥
    2010-06-27
    WARNING: I did not like this book. If you did, and would hate it if someone (me) ranted and bitched about it, then DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW.REVIEW: I don't know why this book is so popular. And I honestly don't know what all the rave is about. I heard so many great things about this novel, that's why I read it. While this was a good book, well written and all…the plot was just not good enough—no, the reasons leading to Hannah Baker killing her...
  • Hannah
    2009-10-24
    I figured this deserved a real review.I'm a bipolar chick. I'm a girl who has struggled with suicidal thoughts since she was nine years old at the very latest. And I just do not buy 13RW's representation of a suicidal girl. The very premise of the book is flawed to me; you don't kill yourself for REASONS, you kill yourself because there is a bug in your brain gnawing at you and sucking out any valuable thought you've ever had, and I never saw tha...
  • karen
    2010-09-22
    oh god, somebody buy this girl some perspective! oh wait, you can't because she's dead. and i, for one, am glad of it because this character would have grown up to be a rotten judgmental schoolmarmy horrorshow of an adult. just horrible.and people love this book like cookies!backtrack. plot: a girl kills herself. but before she goes, she makes a series of audio cassettes and mails them to an individual, with instructions to pass them along to the...
  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2014-01-30
    EDIT AND UPDATE, 2017: I read this book back in 2014 when I was a teen and I hated it. I still hate it. My review is getting a lot of traffic atm so I'm just going to do a little update and leave you some links to better reviews that tell how problematic the story is:Tweet thread on the problematic show.Article on why it's dangerous.Goodreads review on why it's seriously bad. NOTE: I'm not responding to comments because wtf is going on in the c...
  • Emma Giordano
    2017-04-06
    I REALLY REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK. I had heard very mixed things for some time and it seemed a lot of readers were very divided on this book, but I personally really loved it.I do want to say I don't think this is 100% the best book in the world for depression/suicide, but I do believe it is an intersting narrative on how suicide impacts those affected, considering suicide is never a singular action. I also don't necessarily *agree* with the conten...
  • Alex Dembrowsky-henry
    2011-08-25
    Thirteen Reasons Why This Book Sucks:13. Poorly Sketched Supporting Characters: Hannah, the girl who killed herself, and Clay, the boy she sent her "suicide note" tapes to, were fairly believable and well-drawn individuals. But everyone else in the story seems interchangeable, with motivations that are never made clear or seem to constantly switch to serve the purposes of the plot. I couldn't tell the difference between Courtney Crimson and Jessi...
  • stephanie
    2008-03-17
    eta 2: this is also the perfect book to listen to on audiotape. usually i am annoyed with audiobooks, but i enjoyed listening to this one almost as much as reading it, because i was hearing hannah while driving in my car, much the same way clay was. still love this book and it's boldness. *eta: for everyone that thinks hannah's suicide was unbelievable, or that the reasons were just stupid and petty, take a moment and think about how what happene...
  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    2013-02-06
    Update 7/10/15: A Conversation From Yesterday... Co-Worker: "My kid just read this book and loved it. You are a reader, right? If you haven't read it, you should read it." Me: "What's it called."CW: "'Thirteen Reasons' or something. It's about suicide." Me: Hmmmm, yeah I think that sounds familiar. Hold on lemme check. *checking GR and finding review*CW: "You find it?"Me: "Um, yeah."CW: "So you like it?"Me: "Um...sure..."LMAO Original (pre-gif d...
  • Giselle
    2011-07-07
    I absolutely loved this book. What an eye opener. In Thirteen Reasons Why we listen to audio tapes that was sent to 13 people by Hannah who committed suicide, to explain her reasons why.First I want to mention that to all the reviewers who say that her reasons weren't "good enough" for her to kill herself, you're wrong. Everyone doesn't cope with situations the same way, and problems that may seem minimalistic to you, can send the next person int...
  • Janina
    2010-08-31
    When I tried to structure my thoughts to write this review, I discovered that it’s actually very hard to write something about a book I liked but didn’t love. I definitely have no hard feelings towards Thirteen Reasons Why but I also don’t really have anything to rave about. Which makes me feel a little conflicted about the rating. This book will stay with me for a while, it made me think, but it also had its flaws.I thought the novel was b...
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2014-10-20
    *******(edited on 8/15/17 to add:)My face, when everyone keeps coming on my review to tell me that my feelings about this book are "wrong."A review is simply my opinion. I'm entitled to mine and you're entitled to yours and they don't affect one another in any way.*******(Original review from 10/20/14)Hated it, hated it, hated it. DNFed at 30%. Do you know people who are suicidal? Has anyone close to you tried to kill themselves or had someone cl...
  • Melissa
    2008-11-30
    This book was very engrossing and suspenseful, but in the end it just pissed me off. I don't know how to put this in more delicate terms, so if I make my case rather bluntly or insensitively, I do so only because I don't want to tiptoe around what I really feel.Basically, I understand why some people turn to suicide as the only option out. I understand the feeling of helplessness and misery that could make a person decide that taking herself out ...
  • Miriam Smith
    2017-07-13
    I bought "Thirteen Reasons Why" after hearing so much about it on the internet - and from my 3 sons - and I just knew I had to find out what the hype was all about for myself. Actually I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and found it very compelling so I'm a little apprehensive about leaving a positive review after reading so many negative comments about it, but I suppose it is only everyone's opinion.I started reading this book at bedtime and...
  • F
    2013-02-18
    I thought it was a unique idea for a story but it was just too cheesy and pathetic. I hope no one suicidal or anyone that has seen the effects of suicide ever reads this.
  • Madeline
    2008-02-04
    High school junior (?) Hannah downs a bottle of pills shocking her classmates. Post-mordem a box of cassette tapes is sent around to 13 of peers, all of whom played a part in her ultimate suicide. The summary of this story is just as shitty and ridiculous as the book. There is no discussion of feelings of depression outside of how she was hurt by classmates, which, may represent the surface feelings of a depressed person, but the execution is not...
  • Kristi
    2008-07-10
    What an unbelievable book. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you're thinking about reading it do it now.I don’t know about you, but I love getting stuff in the mail, especially getting packages. Well so does the main character of this story, Clay. But Clay would rather have not received this package.Hannah Baker. Clay has had a crush on Hannah forever, but he never had the guts to really tell her. Now he never will. Hannah committed suic...
  • maggie
    2017-01-09
    Put meunderneath God's sky and know medon't just see me with your eyesTake awaythis mask of flesh and bone andSee mefor my soulalone. Trigger Warning: Suicide and rape.For some reason, I've been in the mood to read books with a strong topic and subject, involving something personal or something I can relate to in any way; something I can feel emotions with. Thirteen Reasons Why really wasn't it. It wasn't an emotional book. I've heard it's such ...
  • l a i n e y
    2017-05-04
    Lord. This was even worse than I thought it would be.Hannah, I know you've been treated unfairly and you wanted to get back at the people who wronged you. But I was totally dumbfounded by this roundabout way of doing so which actually includes you losing your own life in the process.All those preparations and time and planning.Such a waste.And Asher's writing didn't help the matter either: not suspenseful enough.
  • Mohammed Arabey
    2017-05-22
    TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY ثلاث عشر سببالقراءة الروايةبتلك النسخة مشاهد محذوفة ونهاية مغايرة للاصلية، والأهم؛ حوار مع المؤلف بعد 10 سنين من كتابته الرواية وهذا ما كان دافعا أقوي حتي من حلقة المسلسل الاولي التي تأثرت بها وكانت سبب رئيسي لبدء القراءة قبل إستكماله**...
  • Christy
    2017-01-29
    “You can't stop the futureYou can't rewind the pastThe only way to learn the secret...is to press play.” Thirteen Reasons Why is a book I’ve been meaning to read for about 5 years. My sister read it and told me I’d love it. I do love books that make me cry and since the book is being made into a Netflix series next month, I thought why not give it a go. As depressing as this one was, though- I didn’t shed one tear. I’m not sure what...
  • Alejandro
    2017-06-06
    Nothing justifies suicide. Nothing. This is the tenth anniversary edition of the novel which includes a new foreword by the author, along with some comments about the process of the original publication and even the original ending not used in the finished novel. NOVEL V. NETFLIX: DAWN OF ADAPTATIONS It’s not rare that if you haven’t read this novel before and now you’ll do it, it’s because the Netflix TV series, and that’s nothing wron...
  • Aneela
    2017-05-23
    Rating: Review: This novel was gripping since page 1. Even though I finished it like in 1 day and 2 sittings (I didn’t want to put it down) yet I am rating it 3 stars.Hannah Baker was a newcomer in the town and school. Her reputation was tarnished by the guy (her senior) during her first days in the town. Later on, she was accused of betrayal by her new friend that she stole her guy (all three of them are classmates). That guy sort of used Ha...
  • Michael Britt
    2017-04-23
    Full disclosure: if you read this book and it helped you, don't read on. This is not for you.This book has one of the most dangerous messages out there. It glorifies suicide. And I find that utterly disgusting. I almost didn't review this book, because it's a sensitive subject: teen suicide. Or even just suicide in general. One of the saddest things ever is when someone so young feels like they have no way out other than taking their own life. It...
  • Maram
    2017-04-04
    I have very mixed feelings about this but what irritates me the most is that I couldn't empathize with Hannah, not with the way she stooped so low in passing (mostly) judgments in those tapes. This book showcases a whole new side of revenge and it's not sweet. Yikes.As for the series, maybe the producers tweaked some things from the book because visually, the first two episodes didn't bore or annoy me as much (I know, I know I'm weird).
  • Delee
    2013-08-08
    THIRTEEN REASONS WHY is not what I expected.I had this book on my reading list for a couple of years. When a GR friend of mine read it recently, and rated it 1-star, I thought that maaaaaaaybe she was over-reacting a little- and bumped it up on my list to see what had set her off. Now I know. *Yaaaaaay* If I had reviewed this a couple of days ago- this would have been a scathing angry review (which is why I waited) I don't like writing scathing a...
  • Annalisa
    2010-03-31
    I liked the idea of this book more than the execution. Clay received a package in the mail with audiotapes narrated by Hannah because he is one of the thirteen reasons she committed suicide. As he wanders through town visiting the monumental spots in Hannah's life, he listens to the tapes waiting for the one that accuses him. The suspense was good. I liked Clay and applaud Asher for bringing to light the tragic subject of teen suicide, but there ...
  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2008-05-12
    Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.comI don't often write introductions to my reviews. In fact, the last time I can remember doing so was with the wonderful PUCKER by Melanie Gideon, which I read in 2006. However, THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, the debut novel from author Jay Asher, is the type of book that begs an introduction. So if you'd like to skip down to the third paragraph for the "meat" of the story, I won't hold it against you -- but you'll be miss...