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Thirteen Reasons Why

Asher, Jay, 1975- (Paperback - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4.5 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.
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.
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Report This 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.

Report This Apr 01, 2014
  • mollyhutch111 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is very well written and it has many deep and emotional parts that can make you cry. I like how the book can relate to people with these problems. The story follows a girl named Hannah Baker who tells her story through thirteen tapes and sends it out to the people who are involved in her story and tells why she took her own life. A young boy named Clay Jensen receives these tapes and he is figuring out why he and eight other people are involved in these tapes. i would love this book even more if the author would give us more ideas of what happens to the characters after they listened to the tapes. Some parts of the book were not really interesting and just random, but i do love how deep and personal it was and that is why i give it a 4 out of 5.

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

Very quick read, I flew through the pages. Strong story as well. A very precious contemporary read.

A fairly good idea in theory but the author fails to keep it interesting in my opinion. Reads fast though.

omg such a good novel i could not stop reading this amazing book non stop reading 24 /7 :)

Beautifully written and my favorite book of all time, it kept me from making some bad decisions in my life and I recommend this book to everyone.

Lisahiggs, Before I fall is not about teen suicide.

Report This Dec 04, 2013
  • pattyloucor67 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I find it hard to say I liked this book due to the subject (suicide) and the premise of the victim sending audio tapes to 13 people (the reasons why she did it).Suicide is a choice, not necessarily caused by others, although others can be seen as the reason for it. The story was tragic, and it would probably appeal greatly to middle school and high school kids. I have been in the brink, so depressed and feeling so alone that I didn't want to live, but ultimately the choice to live was my own. I know there are many young people who are bullied and ignored so much that they feel their life is meaningless. They need to seek help, two tell parents, or to find someone who will listen. This book seems to justify suicide. While the impact of girl's death on one boy seems to change his life, I am not sure the end justified the means. I am glad I read it, and if others read it to foster host and open discussion, then the book served it purpose. As an entertaining read, it wasn't.

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

This book was very powerful, and moving. It made me realize that you don't really know someone till you KNOW them, also it's never to late to stop something; even if you fell like it's out of your control.

Report This Nov 09, 2013
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Maybe it’s because this was the second young adult book about teen suicide I’ve read in a row, and the last one (Before I Fall) was fantastic and so believably captured teenage life and death even while being about a mystical Groundhog Day-like experience, but 13 Reasons Why wasn’t spectacular. 13 Reasons Why is the story of a high school boy who receives a package of cassette tapes in the mail (this is set in 2011) and discovers they contain the voice of a girl at his school who had just committed suicide in the days before. On the tapes, she narrates the story of her own impending death, and explains her reasons. While the events leading up to her suicide seem like a completely plausible chain of events that could provoke a teen to kill themselves, Hannah’s style of speaking and level of self-reflection does not seem like the teenage experience at all. Hannah, and the other characters as well, are teenagers, but with adult voices and outlooks. The story idea is interesting, but people write so much better than someone speaks, so it’s hard to get drawn into this inauthentic world. Even the theme of teen suicide isn’t especially poignant. With Hannah speaking on the tapes and Clay listening and responding to her, she is essentially a living character, and her suicide becomes overshadowed and nearly forgotten – I half expected her to turn up alive at the end. 13 Reasons Why was still an enjoyable read, but its potential was snuffed out far too early.

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  • angiem99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

angiem99 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Report This 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 ?

Report This 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

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

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

Sexual Content: rape

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  • frogtheworld rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: aggressive actions

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  • frogtheworld rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: foul language

Sexual Content: very specific with rape and sexual content

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

Other: interesting and a page turner

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  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: foul launguage

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Report This 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.

Report This Oct 13, 2012
  • Lotte_ rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

Report This 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"

Report This 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.”

Report This 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.”

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

"life can give u 13 reasons"

Report This 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

Report This 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

Report This 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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