Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Release Date: 18 October, 2007
Publisher: Razorbill
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Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box 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. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

I knew the ending of the book from the beginning, yet I still couldn't help hoping that something would happen to change the outcome as impossible as that was. I also wondered what my feelings towards Hannah would be at the end. The short answers is "I don't know". While reading I couldn't stop thinking about that old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me". I always thought those where some of the untruest words ever spoken. Words can break you, just not physically. This book shows you how much power words and seemingly small interpersonal interactions can have and create a negative snowball effect.

I felt the guilt, pain, regret and helplessness of Clay so much that I questioned why Hannah would involve him and at the same time wondered if I should feel sympathy for him, since I didn't know his involvement until later on.

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