Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Rating: Don’t Waste Your Time(Rating System)
Any Warnings: Do not recommend for teenagers.
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 from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.
At this time of reading this book there is a big uproar about a new Netflix show made after this book called “Thirteen Reasons Why”. I have getting asked about it over and over. When something like this happens my usual move is to go back to the source material before making a determination. What I found was an author taking a real issue and glamorizing it. This book honestly made me sick. Suicide is never the answer. Suicide is a terrible thing and show never be glamorized. Many people who have dealt with suicide have said they contemplated ending their life was so that others would notice them. This book says that it worked. I would never recommend this book for anyone who’s even mildly depressed. The author was quoted as saying he wrote this book in order to get people talking. I think it has but not the right conversations.