Thirteen Reasons Why
By Jay Asher
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
This novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, offers us a view into Hannah’s life. Hannah is a teenage girl who experiences severe depression and heart wrenching anguish resulting her committing suicide. The novel not only gives us the perspective of Hannah the victim, but also that of an innocent boy Clay, who vaguely knows Hannah. What gives the novel a unique feel is the way in which the story is told. Hannah the deceased girl has left tapes to all the people who played a part in her death. The story then goes on alternating between Clay and Hannah’s perspective. Clay eventually learns of the bullying and offhanded cruelty that filled Hannah’s life.
I found that this novel touches base with so many problems found in teen lives theses days such as suicides and depression. It was different to the usual novel i read and i greatly enjoyed the change of plot and it was an excellent novel that i was deeply touched by. Overall I think this novel an excellent non fiction novel that i would reread.