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Thirteen Reasons Why

Asher, Jay, 1975- (Paperback - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Asher, Jay, 1975-
Statement of Responsibility: a novel by Jay Asher
Title: Thirteen reasons why
Publisher: New York : Razorbill, [2008], c2007
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 22 cm.
Summary: 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.
Subject Headings: Suicide Fiction High schools Fiction Schools Fiction Interpersonal relations Fiction Suicide victims Fiction Teenagers Death Fiction Teenage boys Fiction Guilt Fiction
Topical Term: Suicide
High schools
Schools
Interpersonal relations
Suicide victims
Teenagers
Teenage boys
Guilt
Alternate Title: 13 reasons why
ISBN: 9781595141880
159514188X
Branch Call Number: FIC A
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The best book I have ever read, well as the first book that got me hooked in years. The characters takes us to several locations to keep the book from being in one place and giving us room to focus on the primary plot as well as other characters they had direct connections with the grand scheme. It knew what it wanted and knew how to get it too. Everything flowed smoothly and the character Clay was so connectable that it lead me to believe that I was him. That I was the one who had discover why Hannah Baker did what she did. It's a cautionary tale what happens when someone ignores the impact of their actions upon a person. It treats the subject of suicide and bullying with the respect and discretion that it deserved. This was an adventure as well as a mystery. This is pretty much a love letter to the tragedy genre as more than just a book, because it felt real and alive as if you your self were there. It's powerful, it's got a strong message, and is a disturbingly beautiful story that I myself will never forget. Jay Asher, I wish to personally thank you for giving us such a wonderful story. It gave me closure at the end and that could be why you changed so many people's lives through this book. And with that I say thank you for giving me such a cautionary yet wonderful tale. You are a master at your craft. If this is starting to sound preachy, it's for a good reason. Thank you so much for this gift...

Jul 24, 2014
  • Blue_Dolphin_942 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Disturbing, but wonderfully put together. While reading the book, certain characters made me angry, but I enjoy that as it means to me that the details are amazing.

Very powerful story. I listened to the audio and believe it's one of those books made more powerful by listening rather than reading.

I loved this book so much! It was one of those reads that I could not put down! I was really moved by this book, and how it was written in the perspective that so many people cant see from- a suicidal person, and someone who is mourning the death of a friend who recently took their own life. I highly recommend this book for anyone to read!

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

I enjoyed this book but it was sad because she died.. But it was insteresting to see everyone who came in contact with her was blamed.

This was a very clever book. Hannah was quite inquisitive on life, and death, which was a key quality found in a great deal of the book. If you have a friend who committed suicide, who is about to, or if you yourself are having thoughts, take a look at this book, and think about relatable topics such as this before making a decision on that kind of thing. I think this book really opens up the mind to a situation such as this.

Jun 18, 2014
  • izzypaul rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

this book was super sad, but very interesting at the same time. hannah dared to do something that is very brave yet selfish, which in cool to think about

May 21, 2014
  • stampnmicky rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I believe this is an important book to read for anyone who works with or somehow has an influencing role in the life of a teenager: teachers, youth pastors, coaches, counselors...It is a powerful work and a fantastic conversation starter. I also highly recommend it to parents of teens. Read it, then discuss it with your kids.

Apr 16, 2014
  • krao01 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Powerful, powerful book about how people's actions have an effect on others. The pain felt by Hannah caused by these people who didn't understand the effect of there actions exemplifies the lack of understanding we lead as young adults today. As someone who has seen a lot of this, I think it's very important for people to understand what harm they can cause.

Apr 07, 2014
  • MissLillieBear rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book has a strong message but the way it is written is very bland, just words. I personally didn't find it very emotional/felt any emotion from the book, and so this book was a very fast read.

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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.

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Aug 04, 2013
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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

Jul 02, 2013
  • cbyrdtucker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

cbyrdtucker thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jun 28, 2013
  • Triciamjensen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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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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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Thirteen Reasons Why Book Trailer

A book trailer for Thirteen Reasons Why by an entrant in the Christchurch City Libraries Summer Reading Film Competition.

13 Reasons Why-OPL Teen Tech Week Video Contest 2013: 3rd Place winner

This is a short trailer that was created for the Ottawa Public Library Teen Video Contest. The 2013 3rd Place Winner

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