Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: Book review

Thirteen Reasons Why
Publisher/Year: June 14th 2011 Razorbill
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: No
Pages: 288
Source/Format: Paperback | Bought
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

*This review may contain spoilers!*

Synopsis

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.

My review

I did not expect to love this book as much as I did, or for it to affect me so much. Obviously this is a sensitive subject, and I was hesitant to pick it up initially because of the possibility it wasn't handled in the best way, but I found it to be very respectful.

This book stayed with me for a long time after I read it, and I found myself imagining what I would do if I was put in a situation like this, which is something that only a few books have enabled me to do.

Thirteen Reasons Why has a massive moral to its story and I am very glad that something as important as this is being recognised as something we need to talk about. This book shows the very real consequences that could happen if you don't treat people in the right way.

Clay is written so well, as is the rest of the book. He manages to hold this powerful novel by himself, despite not being the most complex of characters. Both he and Hanna are flawed, but this makes them raw and real.

This is such an important book and I implore you to read it.

Izzy

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