Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
Clay Jensen arrives home from school one day to find a package addressed to him. He opens it, curious as to what it contains. He discovers several cassette tapes; each has a corresponding number and letter. He digs up his father’s old cassette player with the question, “Who would send me a shoebox full of audiotapes?” playing on his mind. Clay inserts Cassette 1: Side A into the aged cassette player and is shocked to hear the voice of Hannah Baker. But… Hannah Baker is dead, she committed suicide… Hannah made the cassettes before taking her life, and for what purpose? To tell the story of why her life ended, to reveal the thirteen reasons why. How did Clay, a kind classmate of Hannah Baker come to play a part in her death? Why did Hannah Baker, seemingly content take her own life?
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, is a sombre chronicle of the events leading up to Hannah Baker’s suicide. At parts, Thirteen Reasons Why can be dark and depressing; at others it can even be happy and joyful. Asher successfully portrays a suicidal teens feelings and reasons for committing suicide. Questions are constantly being posed, leaving the reader desperate for answers.
TEEN RATING: Relevant and tense, Thirteen Reasons Why takes a candid view on modern suicides. 4/5 15+