Thirteen Reasons Why - Book Review

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


Started: March 5, 2018 | Finished: March 9, 2018

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Published by Razorbill on June 14th, 2011
Genre: YA, Drama, Tragedy 
Pages: 288
Book Edition: Paperback
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis:
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.
Rating: 4/5

My Review:

I decided to read the book version to kind of refresh my memory a bit in hopes that Season 2 will be back soon. But speaking of the series, I think since I watched the show before reading the book, it may have lessened my reading experience. I spent the whole time comparing the two, and I felt like it took away from it a bit. But overall, I still liked the book as I liked the series.

There was a lot of controversy when the series came out and thus putting the book in the limelight with a lot of people saying that it glorified suicide. I personally didn't see it that way, but took it as more of way to bring awareness to a huge issue in the world, and that is bullying and how much your words and actions can affect another person. It's unfortunate how people, or in this case, kids will do anything they can to put any negative attention they can on someone else as a way of either punishing that person for their own misfortunes or so that the negative attention doesn't turn to them. It's a common occurrence, especially in high school where you are just beginning to shape your life.

I felt for Hannah so badly throughout the book, and you just wished that someone, anyone stepped up and really helped here, but you obviously knew that no-one did or at least not in the way she needed. I felt for Clay because he was this scared kid who had a crush on a girl, but didn't do enough because he believed in rumours and ran without really fighting for her when he had the chance. I don't blame him though. In fight or flight situations, I flight every time! So I can understand him in that sense, and it broke my heart that he had to then live with the consequences that he didn't know he'd have to face at the time.

I enjoyed the book and series and the overall message of both; choose your words and actions wisely because you don't know what impact you may be having on another person.

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