"13 Reasons Why" by Jay Asher Review

98You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past either. The only way to learn the secret behind your school mate’s death is to simple press play. Clay returns home from school one day to find a strange box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside of the box he finds 7 cassette tapes which were recorded by Hanna Baker. Hanna was his school crush which had committed suicide 2 weeks earlier. On these tapes Hannah tells him 13 reasons why she had committed suicide. And Clay is one of these 13 reasons. Clay spends the night walking around the town and listens to the 13 reasons why behind Hannah’s death.

Yes. This book is about suicide and what bullying can do. And oh boy there are some red flags in this book, at least for me.

The story is unique and it really shows what’s really going on in high schools now on days.

The characters are very well done. And the main character Clay is super relatable as a character. I feel like I would react the same way as Clay did in this book. However when it comes to Hannah, she feels like she is super foolish, overacting and believing in everything she hears and see. Selfishness is also a word which describes her.

This book does glamorize suicide a little bit. There are times when this book is more or less like “everything will be better when you are dead” And overall this book fails to show us that if you really feel a lot of pain in your life, all you have to do is just wait it out. Because pain is temporary.

The action in this book burns fast, and it still remains interesting. Which a lot of books lack to do it when the action is happening fast.

The idea of making cassette tapes is bad. Because now on days no one really have a cassette tape player.

However, this book shows that a lot of teens now on days doesn’t really think what they action and words they say will affect others. And that one thing you do to someone else at school may lead to a much worse thing for that some person tomorrow at school.

There are times in this book when Hannah goes much harder on Jessica than on anyone else.It almost feels like Hannah really bad wants Jessica pay for something.

The writing style is pretty good. Its better than ive expected.

The whole book is pretty small and a quick read. Because if you get into this book as I did, you will read this book in just 2 days. Which is amazing. But I understand that not everyone will get so much into this book as I did. And its important to say that it was super easy for me to get into this book.

Another thing about this book is that if you don’t get sympathy towards Hannah at the beginning or at least throughout this book, you will most likely don’t like this book or hate it. But I myself have the sympathy to Hannah and understand her. Which makes it easier for me to like this book so much as I do.

Hannah a lot of times feels like she is super selfish. Because couple of the reasons which she is talking about for me only feels like some of these people at the tapes only had bad days when “one of the 13 reasons happened”.

Clearly this book covers a super dark topic which makes this book to a book which you will either love it or hate it. Pretty much it isn’t something between love it or hate it in this book.

I give this book 4 / 5

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