Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Level: 14 and up

# of pages: 288 p.

RAC Book: Yes

Clay Jensen is shocked to find a box of 13 audio tapes in a package addressed to him on his doorstep one afternoon. The note says that the tapes are to go to 13 people and if someone fails to send them on to the next person on the list then another copy of the tapes will be released publicly. As Clay begins to listen to them he learns that they are spoken by Hannah Baker, a fellow high school student who recently committed suicide. Each tape discusses one of the reasons that led to her suicide and which people were involved. As Clay anxiously awaits to find out how he played a part in her suicide he can’t help but notice how terrible high school can be and how a bunch of little, seemingly insignificant, incidents can add up to a terrible high school existence for someone else.

This story is powerful and not for someone looking for a fast read. It reminds us all that sometimes when something is said or done to hurt another intentionally it can have lasting effects and can even lead to other major events in that person’s life. The theme of the story is that we are all responsible for our own actions.  Hannah never denies it was her choice to end her life.  However, there were many times where someone could have acted differently that may have changed that decision. Even though it is a fictional story, many students will identify with at least parts of Hannah’s high school career and may even know someone showing warning signs for suicide. A very good read with an important message that students will hopefully think about long after they are finished.

7 Responses to “Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher”

  1. 1 paige October 19, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    found this video on youtube Do you know what it’s for? is it like a movie trailer?

  2. 2 kenna November 9, 2008 at 6:11 am

    this book was sooo good. its by far my favorite book. its soo intense and really changed my life and how i look at things. it changed my perspective on everything. it made me realize that you never have someone forever and you should cherish every moment you have with them. you cant control when people are going to die or give up on life. but no matter what you should always be thankful for what you have. ❤

  3. 3 Lis November 30, 2008 at 6:05 am

    This book is way up in my tbr list–been there for a while–I should really get to it. One of my friends recently read it and says it’s amazing! I’ll get around to it soon 🙂

  4. 4 Alyssa December 22, 2008 at 2:44 am

    i just have to say im usually not into reading about teen stuff…even though i am one….when we i had to get i book on a teen problem for a book report this was the only one that sparked my intrest. When i started reading i just couldnt stop. this was an amazilying good read and i think it would make a great movie if anyone would look into it. but it really did change my outlook on things and i urge everyone to read it.

  5. 5 Anonymous January 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    this book was terrible

  6. 6 Susan March 11, 2011 at 12:10 am

    This book should be a required reading for all junior high/high school students.

  7. 7 Anyomous March 31, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I love this book and i think reading it made me change somewhat as a person and not take the smallest things for granite

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