Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


Clay comes home one day to find a parcel on his door step. A parcel that contains thirteen cassette tapes from the girl he admired. The girl who killed herself. On these tapes Hannah tells him why, explains the events that led to her suicide. Thirteen reasons, thirteen people. And Clay is one of them.

I picked this novel up because of its interesting subject matter and how it approaches the topic of suicide. I’d heard really great things about it and wanted to see for myself. The novel is told through a clever dual perspective. The tapes let Hannah tell her story and you get to experiences Clay’s emotions, thoughts and memories as he listens. I really enjoyed this format and it is definitely something I would like to read more of.

Hannah’s narrative was a very interesting read; she was engaging, earnest and really quite funny. I liked the way she spoke about life and death, she didn’t hold back in this unusual suicide note. Clay’s perspective, however, was very different and I didn’t enjoy it was much. In the beginning especially, he didn’t feel sincere and his reactions didn’t feel very honest or realistic. He gradually starts to feel like a person as the story develops but it was too little too late.

Overall, this book is a quick read with an interesting format and I gave it 3/5 stars.

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