13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

“Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—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.”

I bought this book a while ago and I actually forgot I had it. I stumbled upon it the other day and decided to give it a try. At first I really didn’t know what to think of the story but it kept drawing me in. I actually ended up finishing it in a day because I couldn’t put it down.

This book is mainly focused on two people Clay Jensen and Hannah Baker. Two kids that are apart of a normal town who live different lives but they connect with each other. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I really liked it a lot but there were a few things that got to me. At the beginning of the story it talks about Clay Jensen receiving the tapes, as the story goes on and he starts listening to the tapes the text changes to know when Hannah is talking. There were a few times when I would stop myself and become confused and have to go back and reread because I wasn’t sure who was talking. I think that maybe there could have been a better way to let readers know when the perspective changed. I really liked how fast paced the book is but at the same time it doesn’t really give any back story on Clay. You know that he’s somehow apart of the tapes but he himself is confused and distraught and doesn’t understand why someone would have mailed them to him. In a way I think maybe there’s no background story for Clay because the author didn’t want you to automatically assume that he was a “good” guy or a “bad” guy. He wants you to be on the same page as Clay and not know why he’s on the tapes. You don’t get to know much about Clay until later in the book. You come to find out that he’s a good guy who just made a wrong decision that could have effected Hannah’s life in which the outcome of the story could have been different.

I think that the main thing readers get from this book it that your actions and words can affect people way more than you know.  Bullying and suicide aren’t subjects to just toy around with, it’s a serious matter. In the book Hannah gave many subtle hints and signs that she was depressed and suicidal, these are real life things that do happen and they’re terrifying. If you do take anything from my post and from the book please let it be that people are fighting rough battles inside themselves and you never know what could be their breaking point. It causes no harm whatsoever to be a kind human being.

I feel like this book takes you on a journey of self understanding and pushes you out of your comfort zone. We as people are hesitant on making decisions, what if you knew that the decison you made would be one that you could never take back or change. Would you still do it? We only live one life and there are so many things that can be missed out on because you dont take that leap of faith. Do things that scare you and invite fear into your soul because you never know if you just made the best or worst decison of your life. Life is too short to second guess and play the “what if” game. I would definitely recommend reading this book, it really made me think twice about what I say and how they can affect other individuals. It also made me think about how I want to be Clay in the book. I want to be that one person in someone’s life to make them realize and know that there are good and kind people in the world who do care.

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