Review: Thirteen Reasons Why [2007]

13 REASONS WHYAuthor: Jay Asher
Year: 2007 (1st)
Publisher: Razorbill

About (goodreads):
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.

I say…

Thirteen Reasons Why is a short one that took me approximately 12 hours to read. A suspense novel which will be too hard to forget. It’s not suspense per se, but it is capable of making you want to turn all pages faster to get to the ending.

Thirteen Reasons Why is an insight on the life of one misunderstood teenager, Hannah Baker. For someone so young, she’s gone through so much… or she thought she had. Giving up on life became her only option. But before that, she left behind the most creative suicide message ever… which will probably change the lives of those she left behind.

The format is regressive in style, yet simultaneous with the present. As you read, you get two point of views: Hannah Baker’s and Clay Jensen’s. It’s strange how people’s minds were created to be very different from one another. We may have same ideas but our perception will always be different from the other person. I think Jay Asher made that clear in his debut novel. While following Clay as he took the trail marked on Hannah’s map, you also walk through her past and reveal the truth behind rumors that people only believed in.

Thirteen Reasons Why isn’t your average teen novel. It centered on issues that, more often than not, destroy the future of today’s generation. After reading the book I felt relieved to have a good support system that helped me get through the stage of wanting to find a spot in this society. I’m glad to have friends who read my letters everyday and served as vents who kept me from bursting away.