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Thirteen Reasons Why

Asher, Jay, 1975-

(Paperback - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Thirteen Reasons Why
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When Clay Jenkins receives a box containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends the night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Publisher: New York : Razorbill, [2008], c2007
ISBN: 9781595141880
159514188X
Branch Call Number: FIC A
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternate Title: 13 reasons why

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Grab your tissues. This is one I couldn't put it down then I had that weird book separation anxiety. You know, how you feel like you lost a friend when you finish reading it this surprised be because I went cover to cover in an evening rather than spend a few days with it. The side characters, ho... Read More »


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Teen Picks: Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

Knowing that someone you love committed suicide is hard, and it’s even harder to find out that you’re one of the reasons why.

Read this if you like: Drama, suspense, friendship.
Afsara - 15

Thirteen Reasons Why

Summary: No one expected Hannah Baker’s death, but thirteen people would soon find out how their actions and words pushed Hannah off the edge. Clay Jensen is determined to listen to Hannah’s thirteen tapes to figure out her story, and why he is in it. These tapes show a side of Hannah that no one saw, and the truth about who she really was.

Gut Reaction: Filled with suspense, good life lessons.

Stars: I would give this book 8/10 because it was detailed and had a good plot, but was slow at times.

What i loved: I really liked how the book took the image of a perfect girl in high school and showed the reader that she has feelings and is just like everyone else.

Why: This book always keeps you guessing what will happen next and surprises you with each new tape. The characters are all distinct and have intriguing personalities that draw you in.

Websites: Thirteen Reasons Why Blog: http://www.thirteenreasonswhy.com/
Thirteen Reasons Why Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZYBdOT6Nfg

"13 Reasons Why" talked about one girl's reasons for committing suicide. The book was slightly confusing at times, what with switching between the perspective of Hannah Baker through the audiotapes and Clay Jensen through the actual story perspective, but it had me hooked. It got me thinking about how if one thing had been different for someone, maybe they wouldn't have taken their own life. I may or may not have cried at the end.

13 Reasons Why is a must read for anyone out there. It has so much all pact in one. Mystery, romance, drama, you name it. Hannah Baker took her life leaving behind cassette tapes of the thirteen reasons why. Everyone that was involved in these reasons receives a copy of these tapes explaining why they were the reason for this tragedy. I feel that every cassette that was explained was so precise. I remember sitting in my bed visualizing these tapes coming to life as if I were Hannah and I was feeling the same emotions as the characters who received these tapes. This book really made me open my eyes to how I treat other people. It made me realize that I have to be so careful with what I say and how I say it to, because you might not know what they are going through at all. Or what they might do. Jay Asher did such an amazing job writing this story. While keeping all the surprises a surprise he still managed to keep us guessing and reading. The point of view of Clay Jensen ( a boy featured in these tapes) in which the story was written made the book so much more emotional to read. Because when he first started listening to these tapes he was just as confused as we were. Once all of his questions were answered so was mine. So I'm guessing you might want to know the 13 reasons why Hannah Baker took her life… I guess you will have to just read this amazing book to find out.

Nov 13, 2014
  • itzmyguys3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"13 Reasons Why" is an incredible novel. Instead of leaving people to wonder why she has killed herself, Hannah leaves behind 13 cassette tapes, each one designated to a specific person, which details how and why they played a role in her suicide.

This novel is hauntingly beautiful, and will make you think about how you treat others and how others treat you. It will make you consider the lasting effect that you leave on people, whether it is intentional or not.

This novel is a must read for all teenagers. I read this book in the space of two hours!

After Hannah commits suicide, she leaves thirteen cassette tapes with Clay Jenkins, taking him on a journey to learn more about his deceased acquaintance and himself.

Sep 26, 2014
  • mswrite rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A sad and fascinating tale of a girl who didn't make it and wanted others--key players in the drama of her young life--to understand why it came to this. Author Jay Asher's construction of the narrative really pulls you into Hannah's story, compelling you to read on to find out how other recipients of her tapes react and how Clay, the guy who might--might--have made a difference in Hannah's decision, reacts as well.

Suicide is a troubling subject. Some reviewers here seem to have dismissed Hannah's reasons as an unfair cop-out. I think that view misses the point.

My take on the tapes is that Hannah is not simply blaming her peers for her death--suicide is the despairing end result of a complex set of circumstances and traumas finally linking up--as trying to get them, finally, to see her. Adolescence is a fragile time in a person's life, and so many kids feel unknown and invisible.

She also intends the tapes to make everyone stop a moment and think, as Clay was forced to think as he listened.

Think about and take responsibility for how you behave toward others, especially how boys behave towards girls, though Hannah could just as easily have been an adolescent gay boy unraveled by a lifetime of bullying. Her tapes are a cautionary last testament; with them she is saying Pay Attention: this could happen to you too.

Sep 01, 2014
  • viviyencao rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The development of the story was interesting and I really liked how the author put the narrations and thoughts together. This was one of my favorites book.

Aug 27, 2014
  • MichelleNg1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favorite books. I found the format of how it was written to be really unique and interesting. I found this book to be extremely intriguing due to the plot and how at the end of each chapter, it's gets the reader even more intrigued and wanting to read the next chapter.

Aug 22, 2014
  • ashleysears rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was an interesting book - the way that it was written. I felt a long with the character listening, mostly with the anger he felt by what she did. It is a lesson in itself, how one thing can change the course of someone's life, how we are all connected. I hated when she went to seek out help in the end that she didn't tell him what was going on, she kind of made him guess - then gave up on herself. No one can read your mind, if you want help you have to tell someone what is going on - all the good and the bad.

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Dec 08, 2014
  • white_dove_224 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

white_dove_224 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jul 31, 2014
  • FVawter rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

FVawter thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jul 09, 2014
  • Wolfgirl20 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wolfgirl20 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 18

Jul 09, 2014
  • black_dog_48284 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

black_dog_48284 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18

May 16, 2014
  • rachelsp rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

rachelsp thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Mar 29, 2014
  • angiem99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

angiem99 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Oct 18, 2013
  • piggypoo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

piggypoo thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Aug 04, 2013
  • ANNA TRAN NGUYEN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

ANNA TRAN NGUYEN thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jul 17, 2013
  • indigo_nightingale_42 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

indigo_nightingale_42 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Jul 01, 2013
  • CynthiaS913 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Lotte_ rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 09, 2012
  • betty302010 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 05, 2012
  • busyinbillspants rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“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.”

Jun 05, 2012
  • busyinbillspants rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 05, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"life can give u 13 reasons"

May 23, 2012
  • Sh3sLump rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Feb 12, 2011
  • somethingwicked rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I meet your eyes
you don't even see me
You hardly respond
when I whisper
hello
Could be my soul mate
two kindred spirits
Maybe we're not
I guess we'll never
know

My own mother
you carried me in you
Now you see nothing
but what i wear
People ask you
how I am doing
You smile and nod
don't let it end
there

Put me
underneath God's sky and
know me
don't just see me with your eyes
Take away
this mask of flesh and bone and
see me
for my soul

alone

Jul 13, 2009
  • Christina946 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If love were an ocean,
there would be no more land.
If love were a desert,
you would see only sand.
If love were a star,
late at night-only light
And if love could grow wings
I'd be soaring in flight...

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Oct 23, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Just read this book, okay ?

Aug 09, 2012
  • betty302010 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 26, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • bedard04 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • Christina946 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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Nov 16, 2013
  • frogtheworld rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: rape

Nov 16, 2013
  • frogtheworld rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: aggressive actions

Nov 16, 2013
  • frogtheworld rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: foul language

Sexual Content: very specific with rape and sexual content

Aug 09, 2012
  • betty302010 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: interesting and a page turner

Jun 05, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: foul launguage

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