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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141328290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141328294
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Heavy but compelling. . . . Asher's novel asks us to look at how petty cruelty can deal crushing blows." --"Miami Herald"
"Wonderfully realistic in his writing, Asher offers teens and parents alike a great story on an important topic." --"Green Bay Press-Gazette"
"It is a brilliant debut that will leave readers feeling a sense of remorse for Hannah, guilt for Clay, and hope for the lasting lesson of the story." -"-Bookazine"
"Breakneck pace and dizzying emotion." --"School Library Journal"
"[Hannah's] pain is gut-wrenchingly palpable. . . . Asher has created an entrancing character study and a riveting look into the psyche of someone who would make this unfortunate choice. A brilliant and mesmerizing debut from a gifted new author." --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review and Editor's Choice
"Readers won't be able to pull themselves away.""--Publishers Weekly"
"Asher's ability to convey the anguish of someone who was left behind is truly remarkable.""--Book Page"
"A mystery, eulogy, and ceremony."--Sherman Alexie, bestselling author of"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"
"Every once in a while you come across a book that you can't get out of your mind, one you have to rush back to if you must put it down for some reason. Jay Asher's"Thirteen Reasons Why"is one of those books, and is at the very top of my personal Must-Read list."--Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of"Tricks, Identical, Crank, Burned, Impulse, "and"Glass"" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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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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By Amandar on 11 Aug. 2015
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So disappointing. I truly wanted to enjoy this book. It's about a topic close to my heart, so I hoped it would be sensitive, thought-provoking and perhaps a little educational. In reality, it's dangerously bad and completely misses the mark. It belittles depression and suicidal thoughts - people don't kill themselves because of a few unfortunate incidents at school; something much deeper and physiological is at play. Hannah's presumed underlying depression isn't even alluded to once.

The fact that she blames everyone and everything else for her suicide is unrealistic; someone in that state of mind would likely be introspective, not full of anger at classmates. And what an irresponsible action! What if her tapes made one or more of the recipients feel so guilty that they killed themselves? How does she know they weren't in the middle of a similar struggle? Oops.

I don't like writing negative reviews, and I'm glad to see a lot of people DID enjoy this book, but it honestly made me quite angry. I wanted to share my thoughts and perhaps prevent someone else from finding this as infuriating as I did.
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By Boof VINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2010
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I'm finding this book really difficult to review. The main reason for this is that it's a few years now since I was a teenager (OK, a great many years) and to do this review justice I am going to have to take myself back to those days; those days of of falling out with your best friend and it ruining your life for an afternoon, unrequited crushes, rumours and gossip that can make your life a misery for a whole day (which feels like a whole year when you're that age). That's where I need to place myself in order to get under Hannah's skin as if I don't this review will be completely different. In fact, let's go there - let's talk about what I thought reading it now and then talk about how I would have felt over 20 year ago.

I'll start by saying that the premise is brilliant. A box of cassettes lands on your doorstep and when you play them, the voice coming through your speaker-phone is that of Hannah Baker. Only Hannah Baker killed herself two weeks ago. The young boy, Clay, is one of 13 people who will recieve these tapes in turn and each one of those 13 people contributed to why Hannah killed herself. An interview with the author at the end of the book says that he got the idea for the tapes when he was listening to an audio in a museum and he was fascinated with how spooky it was to listen to someones voice who wasn't really there. That's how it must have felt to Clay when he played the tapes - for not only was Hannah dead but Clay really liked her. How can he be one of the reasons for her wanting to kill herself? Clay takes the tapes and plays them on a walkman while he follows the map that Hannah also left to point out various places that mean something within her story like the park where she had her first kiss and the party that changed everything.
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