Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (SPOILERS)

Hannah Baker here. Live and in stereo. I hope you’re read ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. Most specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to these tapes, you’re oneof the reasons why.

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 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.

– *- *-

I started reading Thirteen Reasons Why a few months ago in 2017, after watching no more than the trailers for the Netflix series. I was curious, so I decided to read the book for a more dramatic flair (as they always give, fortunately). So without further ado, here’s my rating and review.

RATING: 🌟🌟🌟☆️☆️ 3.8 / 5 stars

I’m not lying when I tell you that this book was SO FREAKIN EMOTIONAL. Jay Asher did an amazing job bringing up the seriousness of suicide without triggering trauma from its readers. The book has an aura of suspense coating it that it’s almost impossible to feel troubled about how suicide and depression can trigger something among us, especially with the current situation of most adolescents.

The story itself is properly sequenced, the story goes smoothly although there is a lot of background history you have to learn about the characters. I also have some problems with distinguishing the tape stories from the currently happening. This gorgeous fast-paced book made me crazy about keeping track of Clay as he moves all over town.

Speaking of towns, the characters are also unique in their own way. I’m really surprised because the book has EVERYTHING that actually happens on the process of getting bullied nowadays. Throughout the book I feel a sense of connectedness to the story and its main idea. I know the feeling of getting bullied, and I can say that this book… this book is the ultimate life story of a depressed high school kid who transitioned from happy to bullied to depressed real quick. It was in this story that I learned how much actions affect people, one little mistake could lead to a chain reaction of destruction that you may not be aware of is already happening to that person. So if possible, everyone should read it, the lessons I learned from this story are countless.

Let me proceed to the negative parts. Although this book is beautiful by message, it has its own downfall.

Number one, it seems as though it’s a smooth flow-for-plot holes story. Although the story is flowing smoothly, I encountered many plot holes every now and then. Why didn’t Hannah ask for further help early on Why didn’t she try to implement the seriousness of her situation to her family? You can’t just go around blaming people for bullying you if you can’t even let those who want to help in your life. Like that particular instance where she said she was taken for granted and that nobody came to help her, Clay wanted to help but she pushed him away. I mean, WHAT THE HECK? I know Hannah is depressed and can’t decide for herself at the moment because of her emotions and trust issues, but it’s unfair to the people in her tapes. Several of them did not know how much they affected Hannah, they didn’t even know Hannah was suicidal. How could I say this? Look at the Prologue something at the beginning of the story. See how horrible that person feel The person at that prologue was grief-stricken and really really really regretted his actions, and even wished to survive the day half-asleep. No one could fake that feeling, even in POVs.

Second, we will only ever know Clay and Hannah’s side of the story. Hannah did hint at the other sides of the stories, when she was talking about people, but we will only ever know what SHE thinks of them. There is no clear reason for why the guilty did what they did except for hearing the info Hannah shares with us. She could be wrong, she could be right. We may never know.

That’s all for this review. I know I gave such a average rating, but hey, I have to admit that this story is pretty awesome. I recommended this book to my friend and she loved this book immediately, it is now here favorite book. So you see, people have different opinions, and I know there are some of you out there who would really love this book so go give it a try!

You can listen to Hannah’s tapes on a YouTube channel called HannahisFriend13. Thanks for reading this!

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