Thirteen Reasons Why (Paperback)
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- Published: 01 July 2009
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781595143273 ISBN 10: 1595143270
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Reviews for Thirteen Reasons Why
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!
Ok I know what I'm about to say will seem harsh compared to the other reviews but this is how I felt and I think people should be warned.
It is perverted and disgusting, I only read 70 pages and was left feeling violated and sick in side. I DO NOT think it deserves the credit it gets, one of the reviews say something about being a great book for "reluctant teens" but if I didn't like to read and my parents gave me this to read, I would never want to read again. The point is it has a lot of innapropriate content, and it was not enjoyable. I felt sickened all over inside. I would skip this book.
I mean I know that these things happen in real life, but I read for fun and enjoyment, not to be reminded of all the sick, twisted things you see on the news every night. by MisteryCatunder review
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Review can be found on www.paperiot.com
I thought Thirteen Reasons Why was based on an original and contemporary concept. It's good to realize that the littlest thing can cause a ripple effect that changes your entire life. And not just your own, but others' too. Suicide is a tough issue to discuss, but it's also something that's important to think about.
Jay Asher discusses suicide via Hannah Baker, a girl who committed suicide and has send out tapes to her 'thirteen reasons why', the people that caused her to end her own life. The book is written in an unusual way, which I loved. There are no real chapters. Instead, the book consists of thirteen cassette tapes, alternating between Clay listening to and thinking about Hannah's story (I loved the 'play' and 'pause' buttons!). There's a simultaneous narration: we hear Hannah's thoughts through the tapes she recorded, and we see how Clay reacts to that. However, I sometimes found it difficult to distinguish their voices. I tend to read quickly, and the sentences (some in bold, some in italic) kept blurring together to this one story. I had to keep rereading passages to know who said what, which was a bit annoying after a while. I think this book is probably enjoyed best in an audiobook format.
I loved the concept of the book more than the execution of it. I expected this story to make me sad and touch me deeply, because of the heaviness of the subjects (a life ending too soon, missing the opportunities to help someone, guilt, grief, loss). Unfortunately, that was not the case.
I didn't think the characters lived up to the expectations I had of them. While Clay was a sweet guy, as a character he was rather flat. He was almost too nice to be true, where I like characters better when they're flawed. I can't compare myself with someone who's perfect. Every other character, except Hannah, felt a bit forced to me.
But despite the fact that I wasn't really emotionally invested, I just HAD to know what drove Hannah over the edge. It was what kept me going the entire time. I've read a lot of reviews where people thought her reasons to commit suicide were shallow, but I don't agree. They were her reasons after all. And who are you, as a reader, as an outsider, to say that they're not enough. The reason of the book was not to judge Hannah, but to make you think of the effect of everything you do, as small or as big as the consequences may be.
For Hannah, as she suffered from depression, they were a mix. But every small thing added up to one another, which caused her to fall apart. Hannah's character was very well written. Where I was rather annoyed with her at the beginning of the story (I thought she was selfish and bitchy - talk about being judgmental!), I've grown to understand her and feel truly sorry for her.
And I'm glad that Asher didn't portray Hannah as a victim. She had her flaws, made wrong decisions, and just decided to give up on herself. Though I'm not sure it's fair how Hannah makes everyone else a victim. Do they deserve to live with the guilt of being responsible for Hannah's death?
I also felt that by giving Hannah thirteen reasons, Asher stretched it out a bit too much. I found it difficult to understand why Hannah went to such lengths to record her tapes. There were certainly terrible things that were done to her, yes, and they added up from the very first story. But some of the reasons (and especially the last one) felt forced, like it was the goal and not the product of Hannah's despair to have thirteen reasons. Another thing that I felt was forced was the map. Yes, it's a nice way to let Clay wander around the town with some sort of purpose, but I don't think it added up to the story.
All in all, it's a good book. It carries a strong message that our behaviors, no matter how small or big, have an effect on the feelings of others. As Hannah tells us:
"I guess that's the point of it all. No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Often we have no clue." by Judith
This book really makes you think about why teenagers commit suicide everyday. I am 15 years old and I get bullied but I have never thought about what could could happen if I committed suicide and I don't plan to. by Daisyaunder review
Fayth @ Starcrossed
This a novel that really tugs at the heart strings and makes you think. How has your actions effected somebody else? Have you heard something about somebody that made you reluctant to strike up a friendship? Unfortunately for Hannah Baker, one tiny, innocent action snowballed into something big, sending Hannah into a depression.
This book held many parallels with my own life. Since I've read this book, I look at the way people treat me and wonder if they even realize what they're doing. I wonder if school counselors, who see what's going on, only give half booty attempts to help because they don't think somebody is really struggling. I recommend this book to anyone, and I think it should be required school reading. Yes, it left that much of an impact on me. by Starcrossed