Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

★ ★ ★ The cover of this book has haunted me for years but I didn’t read it until yesterday. When I first started, it seemed so familiar, like I had read it before. But I hadn’t. I must have read the blurb over and over again, but decided for whatever reason that I didn’t want to read it. I listened to the audiobook version of ‘Thirteen Reason’s Why’ which I’m glad I did because I experienced not just what Hannah Baker was saying but how she felt and how Clay reacted to the tapes. Having two different narrators maintained the different dialogues in a clear and concise way and felt as though they were both in the same room at the same time, having a conversation.
So. Suicide. Hannah had trouble saying it and so do i. I’m not even going to try to imagine or pretend how it feels to want to take your own life. But it happens. It happens to all ages and all different types of people. I hate when people say it’s the easy way out. I don’t believe that. It must be a hard decision to make?
This book had its highs and lows for me — emotionally. It’s not a happy ending. It’s a lesson. And a hard one.
Hannah’s character changed throughout her tapes. From sad to confident and at times in control, but that was because she had come to her decision. She wasn’t in control in her life, but she could control her death. On her terms.
I felt for Clay, so much. He was hurting and there was no changing the outcome. Just a bunch of what ifs?
If only Hannah had come to him sooner….… But it’s not that simple. I have to stop thinking that way but its hard. We knew all along the ending — we just didn’t know the reason why. As is turns out, there were 13 of them.

A great coming of age novel that should be taught in school and help all those involved in suicide. Whether you feel like doing it, or you are causing someone to do it.

I gave it 3 stars because it’s aimed for a younger generation — one that I don’t relate to anymore. I’ve read other books like this but on a mature level that I prefer but I still found it powerful.

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