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Interesting idea that fails to deliver.,
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This review is from: Thirteen Reasons Why (Paperback)I am 24 years old but I do appreciate still a good young adult book. But not this one, I have the impression that the target readers here are those between 13-17 years old.
The format of the novel is one of a kind and and the outline of the story itself quite intriguing: a girl commits suicide leaving behind audiotapes that explain why. In the fortnight or so thirteen people will be given the chance to listen to them - as there are thirteen reasons why Hannah Baker committed suicide. I devoured the novel in one 3-hour-sitting as the subject may be a difficult one but not the language or the style of writing.
So you may want to ask: why only three stars? Well, maybe it is because I am a bit older that I get the impression that those 13 reasons are not 'good enough' to commit suicide. Sure, Hannah's life has not been a plain sailing but whose life is? I myself made some enemies in high school and plenty of people treated me badly but I never thought about it. A good counsellor would help Hannah deal with the problems - I believe at least. If that is not the case - those tapes seemed to me as a cry for attention. Depressed people who commit suicide would never leave such tapes behind, for a depressed person writing a letter is a huge effort as they are too sad to write and generally get out of bed ( I do have a family member who had a depression and I got to observe it first-hand). Hannah was obviosuly not depressed so why did she do it? Recording those tapes was more of a 'I will make you pay and regret that you were ever mean to me' type of thing. Committing the suicide was just a mean to justify the end and not the other way around. And that is the very reason why I do not fully appreciate the novel. Those tapes seem an immature, mean and cruel thing to do so Hannah is only a little better than some of her mean friends. And although this might have been one of the conclusions to reach and one of the possible perspectives, I do not think that suicide is a subject to be trifled with. Still read it and form your own opinion. It's quite an easy read despite the unpleasant subject matter.