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
Release DateDec 27th, 2016
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews Thirteen Reasons Why

  • Beth
    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...
  • Miranda Reads
    Wow. What a b*tch. can you not love, cherish and worship a suicide book? Hannah was so brave, she dealt with life the best way she could...Blah, blah, blah.Are you sitting down? Good, cause things are about to get ranty. HUGE MOTHER-EFFING DISCLAIMER:If you absolutely loved this book or if you think it really helped you through a tough time - I have absolutely no problem with that. You are completely (and utterly) entitl...
  • emma
    THIRTEEN REASONS WHY I HATE THIS BOOK.Note, 6/10/17: Tape #11 has been updated. 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 ...
  • karen
    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...
  • Emily May
    “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 ♥
    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
    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...
  • C.G. Drews
    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
    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...
  • Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
    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...
  • Alex
    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
    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...
  • Giselle
    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
    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...
  • Elizabeth
    Things that happened to make Hannah Baker kill herself:1.) Someone made up a rumour that she let a boy put his hands under her shirt in a park. REPUTATION RUINED.2.) Someone was taking pictures of her through her bedroom window and she reacted by posing with a friend as though they were giving each other sensual massages... with oils? PERFECTLY LOGICAL AND INTELLIGENT RESPONSE.3.) Someone asked her to drive them to and from a party. HOW DARE THEY...
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    *******(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...
  • Miriam Smith
    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
    I hope no one suicidal or anyone that has seen the effects of suicide ever reads this.Hated this.
  • Melissa
    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 ...
  • Laura Herondale
    I want to start off by saying that I'll be talking about both the book and season 1 of the tv show in this review. I also want to state that I watched the show before I read the book. This review will contain unmarked spoilers, but they're pretty minor. I will not be mentioning season 2 of the show, even though it's release is what made me want to write this, because I will not be watching season 2 of the show. I was diagnosed with Major Depressi...
  • jessica
    growing up, my parents taught me that no one but myself is responsible for my decisions. they are mine and mine alone. and that is a belief i still hold today. which is why i found it so difficult to empathise with hannah and her ‘thirteen reasons why’ she committed suicide - each reason/tape entirely placed the blame on someone else and she took none of the responsibility for her own actions.thats not to say people dont suck. yes, people can...
  • L A i N E Y
    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.
  • Madeline
    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...
  • Christy
    “You can't stop the futureYou can't rewind the pastThe only way to learn the 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...
  • Matthew
    I have seen a lot of mixed reviews on this book. The subject matter - suicide - is controversial. The show they made of this book is controversial. Because of that, I am going to avoid too much commentary on the subject matter and just say that the content of this book is serious and does affect teenagers in different ways. I didn't have the easiest if teenage years, but I made it through okay, so it would be easy for me to say that this story is...
  • Alejandro
    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...
  • Elena
    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 ...
  • Michael Britt
    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...
  • Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒
    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...
  • Luffy
    I distinctly remember reading a review for this book and I said to myself, "I can see myself reading it." So now that I've read it, what's my impression on it?Back when the term YA was not widespread, I used to read Christopher Pike books. This book reminded me a lot of Pike's books. Chain Letter was a masterpiece.It's a sad story. My heart goes out to Hannah Baker initially. Her character arc made me sad and sentimental. The book is full of susp...