Review: “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Graphic courtesy Razorbill.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Graphic courtesy Razorbill.

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"Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher. Artwork courtesy Razorbill.

When you think about suicide, you don’t think about how it will affect the people around you. Jay Ashers’ “Thirteen Reasons Why” captures the emotions people would feel if they realized the girl at school who nobody really noticed suddenly disappears. It’s only then that they realize how badly they had treated her. Hannah Baker has a story, and it’s not a happy one.

Hannah feels so real. Her stories are easy to relate to. She didn’t commit suicide for the attention, she was truly in misery and no one noticed or cared. Clay has a story himself, a story about losing the girl he loved without knowing why she would do that to herself. When he gets thirteen tapes explaining why she died, he finds out things that are life changing. Jay Asher makes you feel as if you live in their town. I felt as if I had made my own visits to Rosie’s Diner or Mona’s Cafe.

Overall, “Thirteen Reasons Why” is an amazing book. I would give it five out of five stars. Not only does it give entertainment, it changes the way you see the world you knew so well.