Thirteen Reasons Why

October 27, 2013

Reviewed by Makayla Nalepa-Cottrill
4.5 out of 5 stars

“Hello, boys and girls. Hannah Baker here live and on stereo.”
The voice of Hannah Baker speaks softly through the speakers. How could a dead girl be alive?
Imagine receiving a box at your front door. No address. Just your name and 7 cassette tapes. Your curiosity eager to find out what’s going to begin playing when you push that button? A small button, yet powerful, holding all the answers. When you finally decide to apply pressure to that small button, and hear a small click, will you pull your finger away quickly? Clay Jensen receives a mystery package, containing 7 tapes, and is puzzled when he hears whose voice echoes in his head, escaping the speaker of the stereo, and filling the garage with wonder. The voice of a familiar teenager, who attended his high school, but whose life was taken by cruel judgments and false rumors.

Jay Asher captured these effects society’s has on the choice of suicide, in the book Thirteen Reasons Why. He tells the misunderstood story of teenager Hannah baker, through a different perspective. Allowing the reader to adapt emotions such as her peer, and look through someone’s eyes. He uses a creative style of writing, and hooks you easily. Always making you want to continue reading. There are many meanings to this novel, but a more vague meaning would be: effect. This book would be a great choice for anyone that would enjoy the task of thinking about how different actions made by others, can effect an individual. Thirteen Reasons Why will leave you wanting more at the end of each chapter, and make you think twice about the small actions you make.

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