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“Eerie, beautiful, and devastating.” —Chicago Tribune

“A stealthy hit with staying power. . . . thriller-like pacing.” —The New York Times

Thirteen Reasons Why will leave you with chills long after you have finished reading.” —Amber Gibson, NPR’s “All Things Considered”
 

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 returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.
               
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.


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My daughter suggested that I read this YA novel, and I must say it was a compelling read. The book is so sad, but also serves as an important reminder and lesson to young people and their teachers, too.more
The structure of this book drove me nuts from the start, but there's something very compelling about the story. Voyeuristic, in a way: you want to know, and you get implicated in all of it, and then you need to know. It's quite an impressive way of dealing with the subject of suicide, sure to stir up raw reactions in people.

Unfortunately, the characters don't feel real. It would have been so much more effective if I'd really understood Hannah, rather than finding her spiteful and distant -- or if I'd identified with Clay, rather than finding him too good to be true. I think I was most intrigued by the characters on the sidelines: mostly Tony. I wanted to know more about how he got drawn in and how he felt. And I wanted to know what Clay's mother was thinking, too.

The end should've filled me with hope or something, but... I was half-expecting it. Still, for a younger audience, or maybe just for an audience that needs opening up to the whole topic, this would be a good read.more
Heartbreaking and powerful and beautiful.more
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My daughter suggested that I read this YA novel, and I must say it was a compelling read. The book is so sad, but also serves as an important reminder and lesson to young people and their teachers, too.more
The structure of this book drove me nuts from the start, but there's something very compelling about the story. Voyeuristic, in a way: you want to know, and you get implicated in all of it, and then you need to know. It's quite an impressive way of dealing with the subject of suicide, sure to stir up raw reactions in people.

Unfortunately, the characters don't feel real. It would have been so much more effective if I'd really understood Hannah, rather than finding her spiteful and distant -- or if I'd identified with Clay, rather than finding him too good to be true. I think I was most intrigued by the characters on the sidelines: mostly Tony. I wanted to know more about how he got drawn in and how he felt. And I wanted to know what Clay's mother was thinking, too.

The end should've filled me with hope or something, but... I was half-expecting it. Still, for a younger audience, or maybe just for an audience that needs opening up to the whole topic, this would be a good read.more
Heartbreaking and powerful and beautiful.more
This book was hard to put down because, like Clay, you just wanted to get through it. The premise of the book, a girl commits suicide then sends these self-recorded tapes to 13 people who contributed to her downfall, seemed to be an intriguing setting for a novel, and for the most part it was, but I also felt a disconnect from Hannah. If there had been something more- perhaps an opening scene of her personally, not just her voice on a tape, the reader could have understood her better. I went back and forth between being annoyed with her and feeling sorry for her. I do think an important aspect of the book is that suicide is not caused by just one thing or problem, but a snowball of incidents, some of which I don't think we were even told about in the book. Which is the way with people's lives. You can never fully know what's going on with a person. As the author says, "You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything."
I would definitely recommend this book for older teens, unless as a parent you're willing to read it first and prepare some discussions on the topic of suicide, along with some other heavy subjects in the book.more
This book was one of the most interesting books I have ever read. It is about a girl who commits suicide and tells through cassette tapes why she killed herself. The book is told through one of the people who receive the tapes to listen to. The main character knows what the tapes are about he can’t stop listening even though he wants to. I could relate to this because the book was so sad and strange that I didn’t want to read it but had to at the same time. I would definitely recommend this book; it was a quick read and definitely never gets slow or boring. The writer also did an amazing job writing the book, it was full of descriptions and really made you understand the feelings of both the main character and the person who killed herself. This book shows the reader that actions such as starting rumors and being mean to people can really hurt and cause serious consequences.more
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