Author: Jay Asher
Date Published: October 18th 2007
Genre(s): YA, Realistic Fiction
Goodreads Synopsis: Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Some of you are going to feel uncomfortable with these next words (but I’m not ashamed) I have thought about suicide. A few horrible things happened to me in a short time and I became so depressed that I couldn’t imagine going another day feeling as I did. Lucky for me, I got help and had a strong family behind me. Maybe this is why this book touched me so much, or maybe it’s because it’s just a really amazing book, but I highly recommend it to everyone! Don’t expect a happy read, rather a painfully sad one, where you find yourself wanting to shout at the book, “Don’t trust him! Don’t let him hurt you! Please tell someone how you feel!”
Told in a dual narration that is definitely unique you get the story of Hannah Baker, a girl who explains the snowball effect that lead to the most important and last decision she would ever make….to commit suicide. Clay receives a box full of cassette tapes. When he listens to them he gets to hear Hannah’s story and how he fits into it. During the playing of the tapes not only do you get to read Hannah’s story, but Clays reaction while hearing it. I heard the author almost left the book as just Hannah’s narration but thank goodness he didn’t because the dual narration is so dynamic and intriguing. I promise once you start reading you will want to keep reading to hear what happens next!
The message? Even though we may not know it, we have an effect on others life’s. How true this is! I am sad for Hannah, but happy that I read this story, and I hope if someone else feels like there is no way out, they get help as I did :)
Even though this is a YA, I highly recommend it to everyone just because it carries such a strong message. If you liked this book I suggest trying By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters, which is on my "To-Read" shelf :)