Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why

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When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Publisher: New York : Razorbill, 2008.
ISBN: 9781595141712
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 22 cm.


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Dec 28, 2020

Thirteen Reasons Why is a sad novel about a girl named Hannah Baker, who
takes away her life, due to stress from social pressures. This book goes over the 13
reasons she did what she did, and teaches the reader the very valuable lessons of
being aware of your surroundings and valuing what you have. Although I did not
like how depressing this novel was, I did like its plot and lessons it taught. I would
recommend it to those who are old enough to read it, since it is very informative.

Sep 30, 2020

TW before reading this book. I personally did not enjoy this book because it didn't feel like the trauma Hannah went through was depicted correctly. The book features multiple tapes left from Hannah Baker, a girl who had committed suicide and is explaining why to her friends through tapes. It shows suicide in an odd way and I would not recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with their mental wellbeing as it can be very triggering to some. I can acknowledge that this book opens up the conversation about mental health, suicide, and trauma, which can be very uncomfortable conversations to have. However, every situation is different and many people have said that they felt worse after reading the book, so I would not typically recommend it unless you know exactly what you are getting into. 3/5 stars
@avacadojai of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 10, 2020

TW!! (Suicide, depression)
I read this book when I was much younger and back then I thought “This book is amazing, it really shows how everything you do affects people.” However, now when I reflect I realize that it instilled a “martyr” mindset in me. I began to think about how if I was gone people could learn and better themselves. Thinking about how you impact others is often a good thing but this book promotes it in an unhealthy way. I’ve heard from many people that book was very triggering and that it increased or planted suicidal thoughts in them. Another thing to note is that the show is even worse as it is more graphic and even after the criticism Netflix released a second season. All in all the 13RW franchise glorifies/romanticizes suicide and does not deal with the issue in a way that could help people learn how to prevent suicide and get people with depression help.

Aug 31, 2020

Thirteens Reasons Why is one of my favourite books because of how realistically the struggles of being a teenager is portrayed. This particularity depressing tale starts when a package with no return address is dropped off at the front porch of Clay Jensen's house. Clay tears open the cardboard box to find 7 cassette tapes decorated with flowers and other drawings. Overwhelming emotions overflow through Clay's helpless mind when he hears Hannah Baker's innocent voice when when plays the first tape. Hannah was his friend, crush, his everything up until 2 weeks ago when she slit her wrists open in her bathtub. Clay discovers there are 13 recordings, each dedicated to a person that gave her a good reason to end her beautiful life. Clay's heart shatters and his pupils widen with shock when he reaches tape 6, the tape Hannah made for him. Clay listens to these tapes for the next several weeks/months while holding back his tears for Hannah Baker, hoping to find justice for his friend.

Jul 27, 2020

Age Rating: 13+
TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY, by Jay Asher, is a teen novel about a high-school junior named Clay Jensen. When he receives a package on his front porch, addressed to him with no return location, he opens it to find a box full of cassette tapes recorded by one of his classmates and his crush - Hannah Baker, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. In the tapes, he discovers that there were thirteen reasons why she chose to end her life - and Clay realizes, with horror, that he is one of them.
Every reason has a place attached to it, and Clay travels to each destination as he listens to the tapes. Follow his journey through Hannah’s tale as he finds that there is more to people than what he sees, than what is visible to him. And suddenly he finds that life is too short to regret. Chances - they’re all you get. You never realize you should have taken them until they’re gone.
You never realize the tragedy until it happens.

0Charlie Jun 18, 2020

This is Asher's first published work - a teen novel exploring the ways that "everything affects everything". Our main character, Clay, a high school student, receives a box of recorded audio cassettes in the mail and finds they are from a fellow student, Hannah, who committed suicide 2 weeks ago. As he is instructed to listen to the tapes, he realizes that her 13 reasons are the results of actions or inactions taken by the specific people who will ultimately receive this chain-letter collection of tapes. While cleverly written (italics for taped voices), I did get confused as to who was talking - it definitely required a focused read. It lends itself much better to be heard/seen (Netflix made a 13 part series). Recommended.

Apr 24, 2020

I read this book because of the Netflix series and both were not good. Books are usually better than the show/movies, but I guess this one broke the rule. I expected more from this book, but they only difference between the book and the show is one of the character names. If you didn't like the tv show, I would recommend you to read a different book. This book is meant to bring awareness to suicide, but from my perspective, it seems like it was advocating it.

Mar 25, 2020

"Thirteen reasons why" is a mysterious intriguing best-selling book written by the young writer Jay Asher.The story basically deals with the problems and stress faced by a teenaged school going girl Hannah Baker.The writer has creatively used a different way of narration which keeps the readers clinged to the text.

Hannah Baker committed suicide and before taking a number of pills , she had recorded 13 tapes which carried the reason of her suicide. The book is all about those 13 reasons which one of Hannah's colleague, Clay Jenson(the narrator) is listening thoughout the novel.

The book leaves the reader in a different mood where one realises that everything is not what it seems. There are people around us who might seem normal but are facing a lot of internal issues.It might be an arguable fact that the book is only for teenagers or for adults too but I personally feel that the book is for everyone. Anyone who reads it, finds something different to learn from.Thus ,it is a "must read" book. A novel similar to this one is Things I’m seeing Without You.

Nov 19, 2019

I empathized with Clay throughout this book- normal since he's an unlikely costar in this narrative. I'm glad that I read this book (I'm a parent). Most of Hannah's story cycles around a disconnect with her parents, teachers and students around her. Her own guilt over circumstances in which she feels complicit and her anger at being targeted in the gossip mill isn't a story that is new, but this is a timely story.

Jul 07, 2019

I read this book twice. I actually forgot that I'd read it the first time. It left no real lasting impression on me the first time. It tends to drone on without much substance or redemption which left it mostly forgettable.

Hannah bullies and torments her fellow students who have "wronged" her, after her death. She even targets the main character who has done nothing bad to her.

I hated this book. The only thing I can see coming from it is that it talks about suicide and depression which may help open a narrative. But it does it in such an irresponsible and destructive way that I'd almost rather it was never written.

Yes, be mindful of how you treat others but not because they'll punish you by killing themselves.

I suppose if you've never found someone hanging in their closet, dead by their own hands, you may not be as sensitive to suicide as I am. But I tend to take it a lot more seriously than the author did. He should have done more research and talked to professionals about what kind of impact this would have on people who are suicidal/have survived suicide and those who have grieved the loss of a loved one to suicide. So many people feel guilty for their inability to stop someone from killing themselves. It's terrible to constantly second guess whether you're in any way responsible.

I would never recommend this book to anyone. Especially not a teen. If you (an adult) feel like recommending this to a teen, try just talking to them instead.

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Jun 19, 2017

According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway because bees don't care what humans think is impossible. Yellow, black. Yellow, black. Yellow, black. Yellow, black. Ooh, black and yellow! Let's shake it up a little. Barry! Breakfast is ready! Coming! Hang on a second. Hello? - Barry? - Adam? - Can you believe this is happening? - I can't. I'll pick you up. Looking sharp. Use the stairs. Your father paid good money for those. Sorry. I'm excited. Here's the graduate. We're very proud of you, son. A perfect report card, all B's. Very proud. Ma! I got a thing going here. - You got lint on your fuzz. - Ow! That's me! - Wave to us! We'll be in row 118,000. - Bye! Barry, I told you, stop flying in the house! - Hey, Adam. - Hey, Barry. - Is that fuzz gel? - A little. Special day, graduation. Never thought I'd make it.

Jun 25, 2015

"Would you want the ability to hear other people's thoughts?
Of course you would. Everyone answers yes to that question before they think it all the way through.
For example, what if other people could hear your thoughts... right now?

May 14, 2015

"Maybe if I forgot things once in a while, we'd all be a little bit happier."

CynthiaS913 Jul 01, 2013

You'll do that right? All of you? You'll fill in the gaps? Because every story I'm telling leaves so many unanswered questions.

Oct 13, 2012

"I'm sorry..........................................thankyou."

betty302010 Aug 09, 2012

" never judge a person by the way they are it hurts them in the inside and can cause manny things to happend"

busyinbillspants Jun 05, 2012

“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.”

busyinbillspants Jun 05, 2012

“You can't stop the future
You can't rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret to press play.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 05, 2012

"life can give u 13 reasons"

You don't know what went on in the rest of my life. At home. Even at school. You don't know what goes on in any-one's life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person's life, you're not messing with just that part. Unfortunatly, you can't be that precise and seletive. When you mess with one part of a person's life, you're messng with their entire life. -Hannah Baker Cassette 5: Side A

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Jun 21, 2016

the main characters crush had just committed suicide when they receive a package of cassate tapes explain why she killed herself to the thirteen people causeing her to do so

Jun 25, 2015

When high school student Clay Jenson is delivered a box containing thirteen cassette tapes Hannah Baker made he spends the night following her words across his small town and recounting the events that lead to her death.

Oct 23, 2012

Clay receives box of cassettes from suicide girl at school telling story of what happened. Tapes are sent and resent to each person crucial to the story. Story of lies, rumors, indifference, things not noticed, awkward teen culture, HS culture, parents too busy, teen cruelty, rape at a party, sex for the wrong reasons, and a teacher/counselor with no discernible suicide prevention skills. Clay is not the bad guy but is sickened by the story and what he might have done to stop the trainwreck if he'd only known. Students and a teacher are on the "list." Clay may be a better person after this, all lives will be changed by the tapes.

Sep 25, 2012

Just read this book, okay ?

betty302010 Aug 09, 2012

this book is about a girl who suicides herself but tells the others thatn did things to her what she couldnt tell them when she was alive. this book is so recommended

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

Clay Jensen, a somewhat shy high school student, returns home from school one day to find an anonymously-sent package sitting on his doorstep. Upon opening it, he discovers that it is a shoebox containing seven cassette tapes recorded by the late Hannah Baker, his classmate and emotional crush who recently committed suicide. The tapes were initially mailed to one classmate with instructions to pass them from one student to another, in the style of a chain letter. On the tapes, Hannah explains to thirteen people how they played a role in her death, by giving thirteen reasons to explain why she took her life. Hannah has given a second set of tapes to one of their classmates, the identity of whom Clay later discovers, and warns the people on the tapes that if they do not pass them on, the second set will be leaked to the entire student body. This could lead to the public embarrassment and shame of certain people, while others could face physical harassment charges or jail time. Through the audio narrative, Hannah reveals her pain and suffering and the slide into depression that ultimately leads to her death (suicide from pills). She lists her first crush, a boy who voted her "best ass in the freshman class", a former friend, a peeping Tom, a liar, a goof who takes advantage of her, a hater, a thief who steals her poems, a member of the list that already passed, a cheerleader who crashes into a stop sign, a guy who raped her in a hot tub, the guidance counselor, and Clay, her soul mate, all who thought their actions were harmless, or that they wouldn't affect or scar her. They were wrong.

Sep 07, 2011

Clay, a highschool student receives a box one day coming home from school. As he begins to listen, he hears Hannah, A student that he liked that recently commited scuicide. Hannah explains that there are 13 poeple that played a part in her decision to commit suicide. The box contains 8 tapes, each side has a number, 1 to 13. each with the story of one of the 13 poeple. Clay is incredibly confused as to why he was sent the tapes, as he feels he did no wrong to Hannah. As he listens he visits different places that some of the events Hannah mentions. He spends the night, wandering the town, listening to theese tapes and learning about hannah, and other poeple that affected her decision to take her life.

Jul 13, 2009

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.


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Jul 27, 2020

Violence: suicide, rape

Aug 12, 2017

Other: A National Post Story regarding 13 reasons -

Nov 16, 2013

Sexual Content: rape

Nov 16, 2013

Coarse Language: foul language

Nov 16, 2013

Violence: aggressive actions

Feb 18, 2013

Sexual Content: very specific with rape and sexual content

betty302010 Aug 09, 2012

Other: interesting and a page turner

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 05, 2012

Coarse Language: foul launguage

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