Thirteen Reasons Why
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.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
My thoughts: My feelings about this book definitely changed as I read more and more of it. It was kind of slow, but I still couldn't put it down. I had to know all 13 reasons. And by the end of the book, I felt like I really understood how all of it together gave Hannah a reason to end her own life. That isn't something I want to be understanding of, because I don't think it is right to end your own life to avoid your problems. However, maybe if I had to deal with the things several teenagers have to deal with today, maybe I would feel differently.
Clay finds a box on his front porch, addressed to him. Inside are 13 cassette tapes created by Hannah Baker, the girl who had recently committed suicide. Hannah explains on the first tape that there are thirteen reasons why she decided she couldn't live any longer. Each listener needs to listen to the tapes, and send them to the next person. If they do not send the box of cassette tapes to the next person, a second set of tapes will be released for everyone to hear. Clay knows that his name will come up on one of these tapes, but he can't think of any reason why. So he listens.
As Clay was going through the first few tapes, I was kind of thinking these were pathetic reasons to end your life. As I kept reading though, I started to realize how all of these little things can pile up. The little things we can forget. But when something major happens, all of those little things come back to haunt us! And suddenly, life is awful because of everything put together.
I really enjoyed Clay's point of view in all of this. He actually showed emotion! And he didn't have to send those tapes on, but he did to save everyone else included on those tapes.
This wasn't my favorite read. I do think that this was very real, but I also feel like the blame for Hannah's suicide is put on all of her classmates. Ultimately, she is the one that made that decision. I think every teen goes through what Hannah went through, at some point or another, and to some degree. But I think Hannah had some mental issues that made her take that final step.
My rating: ☺ ☺ ☺