Thirteen Reasons Why Paperback – 6 Aug 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seemed like a good premise for a book, but poor quality writing with no real story or point made, a sense of 'why did I waste my time' upon finishing it.Published 22 days ago by the third man
I can't really explain why I liked this book or even if I did. I assume I must have done as I read it in a day and I feel affected by it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ML
I read this book in a day because I was eager to see how everything would unfold. The narrative structure (Hannah retelling her story via cassette tape, interspersed with Clay... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jogojo
Amazing book. Recommend to a lot of people especially teenagers. It make you think about the real consequences small actions can have.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Expectations: A psychological thriller wherein each tape deeply unsettles me and I am kept on the edge of my seat up until the end when all has been revealed. Read more
It is an easy read! I loved the book and it was definitely what I was expecting, it is one of these reads that leave you thinking about life and about how everything we do has a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patricia