Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher


Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher
Published: October 18th 2007
Paperback: 288pages

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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 returns home to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

Hannah’s voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovers changes his life… forever.



I’m so glad that I finally decided to pick this up and give it a read. It was such a unique experience and something that I won’t forget for a while. Whilst I was reading this, occasionally I would go and play some of the tape recordings that I found on YouTube which really added another element to this whole story. I really recommend you do the same! You can listen to this playlist here. Unfortunately though, not all the tapes are recorded, so you will have to flick through them and find the right ones if you want to listen to it as you read.

Anyway, the thing that encouraged me to finally pick this us and read was my trusty little TBR Jar. I gave it a shake and pulled out a piece of paper that read ‘read a book being turned into a movie/show’, and after looking around on my shelves to find something, I remembered that Thirteen Reasons Why is soon being released as a Netflix Original Show!

The story follows Clay around who comes home to find that he has a package waiting for him. Which to most, finding a package waiting for you is exciting! Unfortunately for Clay though, this was not  what he expected to find. He received a box full of tapes that he finds out were recorded all  by Hannah, a girl at his school who recently committed suicide.

If you’re someone who is easily triggered by topics like suicide then I probably don’t recommend you read this. As Clay listens to the tapes, Hannah goes through explaining 13 reasons that pushed her a little closer to wanting to commit suicide, all thanks to a rumour that starts off and makes her feel unwanted and miserable each day.

It’s pretty emotional to read and it is an eye-opening book that makes you realise that people can be suffering deep down yet still manage to walk around with a smile on their face. I think it’s important for people to read, a better understanding that rumours and words hurt people in ways you probably wouldn’t think. At the time, they may seem like funny little jokes, but sometimes that’s not how the person on the recieving end sees it.

“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’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.
Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life.
Everything. . . affects everything.”

Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Do I Recommend This? Yes. I think it’s an important book for people to read. But like I mentioned before, if you’re easily triggered by topics like this, then I suggest you give this one a skip.

Until next time,



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