Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

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2813153Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

| ISBN: 978-1595141880 | Pages: 288 |
Publication Date: June 14, 2011 | Source: Own
| Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars |

You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes-- and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town. . .. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.

This is my second type writing this post since my computer glitched the first time and I lost the entire review. =_= Oh well, let's get into my thoughts and keep our fingers crossed that I won't have to write this post a third time.

I've been hearing about 13 Reasons Why ever since the Netflix mini series came out and took the internet by storm. Initially, I wasn't planning on picking it up since I read the novel back when it first came out, but after hearing everyone talk about it and realizing that I didn't remember anything, I decided to pick it up for a re-read.

“Everything...affects everything” 

The story is honestly so gripping and once I started reading, I fell into the same daze that Clay was feeling - the need to keep reading (listening) to find out what happened next, who is on that list, how did they contribute to Hannah's death. The questions are endless and that drives you to keep reading. Being able to feel the urgency that Clay felt enhanced the whole reading experience as I was able to understand his internal debate and struggle which would have been 10x worse than my own.

“But sometimes there’s nothing left to do but move on.” 

One of the biggest reasons why I picked this up was reading about a debate on the internet around whether 13 Reasons Why glorified suicide and that honestly struck a chord with me. I believe that the novel addresses teen suicide in a very unique way. With each revelation, Jay Asher focuses on the little details that seem trivial to teenagers that could have such a big impact on the people around them. It's a reminder that our actions have consequences no matter how big or small.

I'm not really sure where I stand on the whole debate but I will say that 13 Reasons Why offers a different perspective that has the potential to really impact readers with its message. Honestly, after reading this book, I'm intrigued by the mini series but I don't know if I'll ever get around to watching it so reading the book will have to do for now.

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