Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Posted August 6, 2013 by admin in Emma's Reviews, Reviews / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Published by Razorbill on October 18, 2007
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 316
Format: eBook
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Clay Jenkins returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Bakera--his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

This is a desperate, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful novel.

Recommended for: Anyone going through tough times, kids in school, and anybody who has ever had feelings of regret. I own a copy, read count: 4+
[WARNING ((MAINLY FOR MY TEACHER/S WHO WILL BE READING THIS)); My grammar and people skills are absolutely meant to be taken very very lightly. My word use is meant to be informal, as this review is something that is written the way I speak. I do not speak like a robot, I speak more so of a slightly educated “hoodrat”. Read at your own risk.]
Words to describe Thirteen Reasons Why;
1.) no.
2.) ouch.
3.) no.
Can you tell that I have issues getting out my emotions for this book? How do you explain how something emotionally stood up, grabbed a butcher knife, and brutally beat me over the head with it? My point is, you don’t. Because when you pass on those feelings you’re really just ruining the life of whoever decides to read the book based off your emotions. It’s not cool. You probably shouldn’t do it. What a hypocrite I am.How author Jay Asher describes the feelings of someone going through depression and how it’s seen from the outside is really beautiful. It’s kind of heartbreaking, the way he threw in the torn and battered depths of a broken love story throughout all the drama. Asher really shows how suicide is looking from the outside in, and what an impact we all have on people’s lives.

“My voice breaks, and in that break comes a flood of tears. Tony doesn’t respond. He looks out into the empty street, allowing me to sit in his car and just miss her. To miss her each time I pull in a breath of air. To miss her with a heart that feels so cold by itself, but warm when thoughts of her flow through me.”

Before I really get into detail, let me bring out the more mature/angrier side of myself for a moment. I’ve been reading reviews on this book recently, trying to find the right words to help me solve the puzzle that is writing a review, and I came across something with almost every other review I read that bothered me to a very vast extent that I can’t even begin to describe. Many people pointed out that the reasons for the suicide that took place in the book were childish and stupid. I’m not even going to think before I say that nobody should judge on how the story is written in reference to that. Reasons for the matter are so much different coming from other people’s point of views, seeing as how nobody is really in the affected person/s life while such is taking place. There’s a vast difference from whining about your life, and wanting it to end on a more literal term. It’s very touchy, should I say, but it really bugs me and shouldn’t be considered any less.

“I pass the open door to Mr. Porter’s room and, in one hurried glance, pull in more than I expected. The empty desk near the center of the room. Empty for two weeks and for the rest of the year. Another desk, my desk, empty for one day. Dozens of faces turn towards me. They recognize me, but they don’t see everything. And there’s Mr. Porter, facing away but starting to turn. A flood of emotion rushes into me. Pain and anger. Sadness and pity. But most surprising of all, hope.”

Anyways, this book really surprised me. I didn’t really know what I was expecting. ((I braced myself for crying though. I knew it would happen at some point, nonetheless)) It constantly was worrying me what was going to take place next, and had the perfect amount of angst to really keep me going. ((not that I run on angst, but angsty-ness is good.))

“No one blames me,” I whisper. I need to hear it said aloud. I need to hear the words in my ears and not just in my head. “No one blames me.”

“No one,” Tony says, his eyes still on the road.

“What about you?” I ask.

We approach a four-way stop and slow down. For a moment, from the corner of his eye, he looks at me. Then he returns his gaze to the road. “No, I don’t blame you.”

I’m going to be honest and say that i’ve read this book at least 4 times. I’m not even joking when I say I would probably read it at least four more times. ((It might be because i’m a total quote freak and keep finding new quotes each time I read, or because each time I read it I get a better feeling than the last.))  Anyways, I really urge anyone to read it. Really, anyone. It’s one of those books that i’ll probably read for years to come.

“No one at school knows what I’m about to tell you. And it wasn’t really the class itself that played a part. Even if I never took Peer Communications, the outcome may very well have been the same. Or not. I guess that’s the point of it all. No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue.

Yet we push it just the same.”


About Jay Asher

Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up in a family that encouraged all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. He attended Cuesta College right after graduating from high school. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. At this point in his life, he had decided he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences had an impact on some aspect of his writing.

He has published only one book to date, Thirteen Reasons Why, which was published in October 2007. He is currently working on his second Young Adult novel, and has written several picture books and screenplays. Thirteen Reasons Why has won several awards and has received five stars from Teen Book Review. It also has received high reviews from fellow authors such as Ellen Hopkins, Chris Crutcher, and Gordon Kormon.


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