When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Despite the fact that some people that it was creepy or irritating, I thought it was a very good book about how even the little things you do can affect a person greatly. I'm not sure if this will help start a worldwide revolution of respect and kindness towards others, it would be a good start to talk about this in schools. Not just with textbooks, but have an ACTUAL discussion about students/teachers points of view on the subject.
It was kind of irritating. I found the ending very disappointing and just weird. I didn't find it creepy or exciting, I got bored cuz it was soo predictable and was annoying me. Blaming people for your death is just weird and pathetic own up for your actions. But whatever if you like that kind of thing read it.
Spoiler Alert: SO when I first read this someone had let me borrow it but when they took it back I hadn't finished however I was near the very end. What I do know is I felt really bad for Clay, the main character, who is being "haunted" by this dead girl who is bringing on revenge to people who bullied her and people she is disappointed in for the most part. (Clay never bullied her she just wish he had tried harder to socialize with her even though he was shy and she was his crush............)Basically its a chain of letters and cassette tapes, some of which are addressed to just a particular person. Quite frankly I was wondering where her parents were because the system she created to "haunt" these individuals was complex and well thought out, meaning there should have been enough time for a responsible adult or individual to intervene. It also means she had enough time to really think about choosing suicide which makes this book even more unfortunate. I don't advise this for sensitive people and quite frankly I wouldn't let some teens read it. That's just my opinion. However I did enjoy the mystery and suspense of it all, not her death.
Called "eerie, beautiful, and devastating" by The Chicago Tribune, Thirteen Reasons Why centers on high school student Hannah Baker and her classmate Clay Jenson. Before committing suicide Hannah recorded a series of tapes and sent them to the 13 people she believes contributed to her death--including Clay. Told through Hannah's tapes and Clay's thoughts as he listens to her voice from beyond the grave, Jay Asher's novel is a "a stealthy hit with staying power" exclaimed The New York Times, with an Amazon customer noting that, "Even if we’re not on the list, we feel the same horror, frustration, and powerlessness as Hannah’s listeners do, all thirteen steps of the way.” Both brilliant and devastating, Thirteen Reasons Why is a powerful novel about the ways in which people hurt, help, and love one another.