Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 15 and up

This book was truly phenomenal in my opinion. The way that the story is told is so unique, and even though it addresses some sensitive issues, I feel that the backlash surrounding the story is mainly due to the problems with the TV show and not the book itself. I would highly recommend this book to whoever feels that they can handle the content as it is truly one of the better books that I’ve read recently.


Hannah Baker has just committed suicide. Not many people know why, and those who do are of course staying silent.

Clay Baker doesn’t know much either. Until he receives a set of 13 numbered tapes detailing why she decided to commit suicide. One tape for each person that influenced her decision. The tapes were sent to the first person on them and instructed that person to pass it on to the next person on the tapes after listening to them at the risk of releasing a second set to the public if they didn’t.

When Clay begins listening to the tapes, he hears stories. Stories of students that he sees everyday, and stories that he can’t believe are true. He keeps listening as the stories get worse, just waiting for his name to come up.

And it finally does.

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Thirteen Reasons Why

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