Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher | Book Review #218



2813153You 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 Baker 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.’

Thirteen Reasons Why is a Realistic Fiction. There are a few triggers as well.

TRIGGER WARNING: Rape, Rape Mention, Bullying, Suicide.

Thirteen Reasons Why is not a book for those who have had thoughts of suicide, or knows someone who committed suicide, or even for those who have trauma surrounding suicide. 

Thirteen Reasons Why is a completely glorified novel about depression and suicide. I’ll be completely honest and say that what Hannah did, leaving all of those tapes for 14 people to listen to is completely fucked up. Seriously.

A few people told me that I should have tissues nearby while reading Thirteen Reasons Why, because they cried, but honestly I didn’t end up crying. — I didn’t think I’d end up crying anyway.

I actually only wanted to read Thirteen Reasons Why since the Netflix version of the book came out, but hearing all these bad things about the live-action version has turned me off completely towards actually sitting down and watching the Netflix series. You can find out why Here.

Thirteen Reasons Why is definitely not for the faint of heart. 

Here are two quotes that I ended up liking:

  • “Here’s a tip. If you touch a girl, even as a joke, and she pushes you off, leave . . . her . . . alone. Don’t touch her. Anywhere! Just stop. Your touch does nothing but sicken her.”
  • ‘I’m listening to someone give up. Someone I knew. Someone I liked.
    I’m listening. But still, I’m too late.’

What angers me most about this novel is that Hannah didn’t even let anyone help her. She never gave anyone a chance to reach out to her.

I ended up giving Thirteen Reasons Why, 2 of 5 stars on Goodreads.

If you’ve been having suicidal thoughts, or think there is no help in the world, or nothing left worth living for, I swear to you, there is. Reach out to someone. Get the help you need. I know it isn’t easy. I know. I’m still here today, thanks to my sister and my doctor.

Happy Reading.

3 thoughts on “Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher | Book Review #218

  1. The Past Due Book Review says:

    I think a lot of people laud this novel because it is opening a conversation about suicide that needs to be had; however, that doesn’t mean that it is doing so in the correct way. If anything, I fear that Hannah’s actions in the novel only glorify the scenario that a lot of suicidal people envision, which is “if I kill myself, just think of how it will shame and hurt the people who wronged me.” I admit I have not read the novel, nor have I watched the show, and I don’t plan on doing either. I think the conversation needs to be had, but this is the wrong catalyst.

    Thank you for an honest review and I want to echo the sentiment at the end of your post because it is true for me as well.

    To anyone else reading this; if you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts, take a moment and reach out to someone. Do not assume they will help you out of guilt or a misplaced sense of responsibility; people care and have a far larger capacity for love and understanding than we typically give them credit for. If you are in the U.S., feel free to call 1-800-273-8255, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, to talk things out. You are not alone in this.

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