18 September 2012

REVIEW: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Series: No
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: June 14th 2011
Source: Library

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 doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes-- and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.

The dual narrative in this book helps you understand why Hannah committed suicide, but it also shows you how Clay deals with the information on the cassette tapes and how it changes his character. I loved reading about Clay and how much the things that happened to Hannah affected him and how he blamed himself for not helping her when there was really nothing he could have done. The thirteen reasons that Hannah gave for committing suicide were actually thirteen people. Each person had their own side of the cassette tape and it revolved around and experience with Hannah and that person.

The last cassette tape was the most heart-wrenching for me. If only the teacher had opened the door and went after Hannah, then maybe she wouldn't have killed herself. But then this book wouldn't exist and we'd be back at square one.

I absolutely adore Clay. He's such a lovely character and I felt really bad for him when he received the cassettes and I was hoping that what he had done wouldn't be that bad, because I didn't want to start hating his character. 

Reading about Hannah explain the experiences that led to her suicide makes you think about the way you act towards other people and how they perceive you. You start to think about the impressions people have of you and whether they are swayed by rumors that people may have heard about you.
This book really taught me not to think anything of rumors and don't let it change how you feel about someone.

This is definitely one of the best books I've read this year. It was emotional and such a great journey. I'm looking forward to reading more of Jay Asher's books now.

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