Review: Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

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Author: Jay Asher
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: 18th October 2007
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 438
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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 to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
Hannah’s voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
All through the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovers changes his life… forever.

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I read this pretty quickly because it’s utterly addicting. The plot is so unique and nothing like I’ve ever read before – yet at the same time it’s disturbing, dark and very thought-provoking. It makes you think about all the little actions that everyone does around you and how they can eventually possibly lead you to breaking point.

Hannah Baker killed herself.
And one day, fellow student Clay Jenson finds a box of tapes on his doorstep. 13 tapes, to be exact, and all contain one of the reasons why she killed herself. Through the night, Clay listens to them one by one and learns many discoveries that will never make him see the students at Liberty High the same again.

This was a really great story idea and because of this, it was extremely engrossing and un-putdownable. The characters were very interesting too. It’ll make you gasp in some places and you won’t want to stop reading on until you figure out the mystery that is Hannah Baker’s suicide.

4 out of 5 stars for this one.