Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (EPUB, MOBI, PDF)
The #1″New York Times”bestseller and modern classic that’s been changing lives for a decade gets a gorgeous revamped cover and special additional content.
“You can’t stop the future.”
“You can’t rewind the past.”
“The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.”
Thirteen Reasons Why
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.”
Jay Asher‘s book is extremely compelling – unputdownable almost – but a problem many readers have is that the book relies on your sympathy for Hannah to effectively relay its message, and yet Hannah comes off as bratty, selfish and ofttimes over-sensitive. Many of her “reasons” are things that everyone has experienced at some point and people generally file those under “bad days” and definitely don’t kill themselves because of it.
13 Reasons Why
I think this book captured a certain feeling very well and I disagree with those who thought Hannah wasn’t realistically suicidal. It’s true that nobody kills themselves because they get stood up, and nobody kills themselves because some douche groped their ass, and nobody kills themselves because of a mean rumour… but each of these is a little bit more added to the weight that is crushing down on someone.
That is what this book is about. And it’s also about taking responsibility for your actions and understanding how your small selfish acts can affect someone else.