13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Alright get ready guys because I’m about to tell you all about my favorite book of all time!

Everyone at school has heard about what happened to Hannah, its tragic really, a young life taken too soon. But what people didn’t know is that when Hannah took her own life, they hadn’t heard the last of her. Clay came home one day from school to find a package on the front step of his house addressed to him. When he opened it he found a shoe box filled with 7 cassette tapes, a map of his town, and a letter from Hannah explaining the contents. The letter stated that each side of a cassette tape was intended for an individual, and on that tape she would detail the role that they played in her life, and even her death. The letter also said that there are actually two copies of the cassettes and if the first copies are not passed around to the next person mentioned on the tape, that the second copies will be released to the media. Now Clay is confused, he really liked Hannah, they would pal around at work at the movie theater, and he even had a crush on her. So how did he fit in to her tragic suicide. While listening to the tapes Clay learns about a whole different side of the people he has known for most of his life. He sees that people aren’t always what they seem. To find out why Hannah took her own life, and how Clay fit into her story read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

As stated at the beginning of this post, this is my favorite book of all time. There are a few reasons for this the first being that the themes of this book are real. The events that transpire in this book could happen anywhere, this isn’t fantasy, there are no vampires or faye, just relatable teen characters dealing with real issues. The second reason is this book, like many that we read as children, has a moral to the story. This book shows readers that people aren’t always what they seem, also take a chance and talk to someone who you might never have before.

This book is of a very high quality, the author took the time to ensure that the story was not only well written but that it was relatable for teen readers. The cover art of the book is very simple, being just a girl (presumably Hannah) sitting on a swing. The cover art is something that will catch the attention of the reader, and it will make them want to pick up the book to learn more. It should be kept in mind that this book does deal with some mature themes like suicide and sexual assault, so readers should be aware of this before they begin.

As for rating this book I would give it a 4 for quality, and a 5 for popularity. Meaning this book scores an overall 9 out of 10 from me. This book does score higher on the popularity scale because of the buzz about the new Netflix show/movie that reportedly has cast Selena Gomez. I assume that once that begins filming this book will become even more popular. This is a book that will captivate the attention of the reader from the very first page and they won’t want to put it down.

Asher, Jay. Thirteen Reasons Why. New York: Razorbill, 2007. Print. 288 Pages.
To purchase a copy of this book, and to learn more about the book and the author check out the links below:
 Thirteen Reasons Why on Amazon     Thirteen Reasons Why at Barnes & Noble                                                                             Website for the Book

Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.


One thought on “13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

  1. I felt that Asher didn’t get deep enough into why people kill themselves, but it was a decent effort. I read a lot about suicide and always thinks about it. Asher at least wants to confront the darkness of that thinking. Hannah isn’t a Supercool Teen Badass that’s bummed over nothing.

    It’s a way more convincing portrait than Niven’s All the Bright Places.


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