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Jay Asher
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6 Aug 2009

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is a phenomenal New York Times Number One bestseller. It tackles the aftermath of teen suicide from the critically acclaimed young adult author Jay Asher - perfect for fans of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.

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.

Hannah's voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself and 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 . . .


Bestselling US author Jay Asher had the idea for his debut young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why at a museum. Whilst taking an audio tour, he was struck by the eeriness of the voice in his ear - a woman who described everything he was looking at but wasn't there. You can hear Hannah's tapes at

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141328290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141328294
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jay Asher got the idea for Thirteen Reasons Why at a museum. While taking an audio tour, he was struck by the eeriness of the voice in his ear - a woman who described everything he was looking at , but wasn't there. Jay has worked in various bookstores and lives in California. The US bestseller, Thirteen Reasons Why, is his debut novel.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Emotional 6 Oct 2011
Clay Jensen received a parcel in the mail. Inside are seven tapes. When Clay presses `play', he hears a voice he never thought he'd hear again. Hannah Baker. She committed suicide. And those who are sent the tapes had some part in her death. But... it's got to be a joke, right? Some cruel, twisted practical joke. There's no way Clay had anything to do with Hannah's suicide. He barely even knew her... But how can he handle not knowing? So he does as Hannah says. He presses play, and he listens. What he hears will change him. Forever...

I was talking about this book with Sammee (I Want To Read That). Both of us agreed that the emotions in this book were the best aspect. Because they were: they were intense, almost on the verge of overwhelming. But as for Hannah... In any other book, I would have loved a girl like Hannah. But... the tapes. The saying "ignorance is bliss" pops to mind. I mean, could you live with yourself afterward? Knowing you'd helped push a girl to suicide? I couldn't. And should Hannah have done it? It seemed cruel. Me and Sammee were talking about that, and we both couldn't really understand the maliciousness of that act, sending them all those tapes. Ok, so it may have made them all better people. But, to make someone go through that, to make Clay go through that... Some of them deserved it. Undeniably. But others, they really didn't. That was my one fault with the book. Why. Not why she died. Why she sent the tapes to them all. Rant over, back to the review...

Clay Jensen was someone I felt incredible sorry for. He honestly was distraught, horrified, that he had anything to do with Hannah's death. He really, truly loved her. Even though he never told her, he did. God. Break my heart, why don't you?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 18 Oct 2007
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
I don't often write introductions to my reviews. In fact, the last time I can remember doing so was with the wonderful PUCKER by Melanie Gideon, which I read in 2006. However, THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, the debut novel from author Jay Asher, is the type of book that begs an introduction. So if you'd like to skip down to the third paragraph for the "meat" of the story, I won't hold it against you -- but you'll be missing something important.

If you have the chance to only read one novel this year, THIRTEEN REASONS WHY should be that book. It's sad, amazing, heartbreaking, and hopeful, all at the same time. I dare you to read it and not become so immersed in the story that you lose track of time and your surroundings. You'll cry, several times, while reading this story. You'll have no choice but to think about your actions, and wonder what type of effect they have on other people. And, in the end, you might also find the need to say "thank you."

Now, on to the story...

When Clay Jensen finds a package on his front porch, he's excited. A package, for him? With no return address? What could it possibly be? What Clay finds is a shoebox full of cassette tapes, each marked as "Cassette 1: Side A," "Cassette 1: Side B," etc. Of course he rushes to the old radio/cassette player in his dad's garage to check out these mysterious tapes.

And soon wishes, wholeheartedly, that he'd never picked up that stupid package from his front porch.

What he hears when he inserts that first tape is the voice of Hannah Baker. Hannah, the girl he'd crushed on for longer than he could remember. The girl he went to school with. The girl he worked at the movie theater with. The girl who had changed, drastically, in the last several months.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher 29 Aug 2012
By Beks
I don't know how many of you reading this right now are lovers (and reviewers) of this book, but I'm just going to ask this anyway: when you finished this book and sat down in front of your computer to write up your review, did your mind just go blank? I'm not asking whether or not you could remember anything about the book and thus didn't know what to say - god knows that's happened to me on more than one occasion, though - but what I'm actually wondering is if you found this book so amazing and heartwrenching that when it came to writing about it, you couldn't articulate the words needed to express how astounding the story was? Right now, I'm struggling to think of anything to say about this book that could ever possibly do it justice. I suppose I should probably try, though.

I devoured this book, completely and utterly. It's rare that I'll read a book in one sitting nowadays, but this story was so compelling that I couldn't have put it down even if I'd wanted to. When I first mentioned the premise of this book and how amazing it sounded to a friend of mine, she looked at me like I was crazy - and I know a lot of other people who think the same thing. It's morbid, I know, but you just know right from the off that it's going to be a powerful story, and that's what drew me to this book. The fact that you already know how it ends - with Hannah Baker killing herself - makes the story all the more meaningful since you know there's no happy endings here and that's one of the main reasons I bumped this book to the top of my wishlist.

Thirteen Reasons Why may just seem like it's about a girl that records thirteen messages blaming people for pushing her towards committing suicide, but in reality it's so much deeper than that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching
It is such a beautiful read, thoroughly enjoyed it! Really made me cry in places. I adored the frankness, and occasional brutality, of Hannah and having 'been there, done that' as... Read more
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My 14 year old daughter loved the book.
Published 7 days ago by Mrs Anila Habib
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Published 10 days ago by Chantelle Kolbrún
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to Review.
I was recommended this because I enjoy John Green's books. It is a YA novel and I think not as effective as Green's work but interesting nonetheless. Read more
Published 13 days ago by kindler
5.0 out of 5 stars I often criticize my 14 year old daughter for not ...
I often criticize my 14 year old daughter for not reading enough and then she discovered this book. She has been glued to it! Says its brilliant
Published 17 days ago by J S
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money on this
I was persuaded to buy this due to the rave reviews. However, I found this book to be so so; I felt that it was poorly written and that the ending was just lacking. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Hazel
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping suspense novel
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Teenager Hannah Baker commits suicide, supposedly randomly. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Aoibh
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
this book was hard at first to understand but once I got in to it I absolutely loved it! and would recommend it to all people but especially teenagers!
Published 26 days ago by Kindle Customer
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An amazing book once I started reading it could not put it down until I finished.
Published 27 days ago by jasdeep
3.0 out of 5 stars Self-Obsession in Overdrive
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