Book Review: Thirteen Reason’s Why


Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

Published: October 18th, 2007

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult, Teen

My Rating: ☆  ☆  ☆ ☆  ☆ /5

“No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”


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.


Since this is a heavy book, I’m pretty sure not everyone will like it. But for me, I love it. Maybe because the topic being tackled in this book isn’t something that should be taken lightly of.

The story follows around Clay listening to Hannah’s tapes. The tapes are Hannah’s suicide notes. The idea presented in this story is unique and will get the people moving as the story goes on.

The book is really good because it shows how words and actions really affect people in different ways. It may not be the way you thought it would affect them, but people are different and the way things affect them are different.

If you’re gonna read this, I am warning those of suicidal, raped, etc. because this story may trigger them. 

Have you read the book? What are your thoughts about it?

About The Author

569269Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up in a family that encouraged all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. He attended Cuesta College right after graduating from high school. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. At this point in his life, he had decided he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences had an impact on some aspect of his writing.


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