Thirteen Reasons Why

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher narrates how Clay Jensen learns about the reasons why his classmate, workmate, and crush, Hannah Baker took her own life. Hannah Baker left cassette tapes so Clay and everyone involved could listen and discover why.

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  • Christian Munoz
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Thirteen Reasons Why is one fo my daughter's favorite novels. She was so obsessed with it she couldn't put it down when she read it the first time. Until now, she has always put it in a special place in her collection of good reads."
  • Craig Cooper
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a really overly dramatic story. A girl who had all the usual problems of an American teenager decided, like some do sadly, it was too much so she killed herself. The gimmick here is we're following her story through the eyes of someone else, via messages she left before she died. It reads like a "I want to kill myself and make sure everyone feels REALLY SORRY FOR ME" wish fulfillment fantasy. Plus it feels like it could encourage other people to do the same. I saw the series, and the books were not much better. Not a fan."
  • Sandra Carter
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This book is popular for a reason. It's an astounding insight into the mind of a contemporary teen and what would motivate her to take her own life. Read it with your teenager, and discuss the difficult issues raised in this book."
  • Ryan Hopkins
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Whoa. This book was incredibly sad. As someone who has struggled with anger and depression in his high school years, this book hit very close to home. I feel like it was cathartic to read this but I would be slow to recommend it. "
  • Tyler Thomas
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "It's indeed written by Jay Asher, so I guess it's applicable to the topic. I'd say read it and then decide upon quality on this one."
  • Jason Armstrong
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "A story about a mystery surrounding a girl who took her own life and those who she left is left wondering why."
  • Wayne Hopkins
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "A deep story. Just what I was looking for. Great on Netflix too."
  • Mark Walters
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "A really interesting concept of a difficult topic. The story and way it's told grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go. For entertainment purposes you are glued to the page and can't wait to see how the story unfolds. "
  • Tammy Wheeler
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a great novel to help people understand the true ramifications of bullying and what a toll it can take on a person. There is a tv show that corresponds to the book, but I found the book to be better overall. The character development is better and I just feel like it goes into more detail. This book can definitely help people understand better the experiences of those battling depression or bullying and how damaging it can be for them. "
  • Justin Morris
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Thirteen Reasons Why. Oh dear, a book about teenage angst. We've all been there, but this follows a slightly darker turn as it explores the reason why a classmate killed herself. Left through multiple cassette recordings. It's...eerie in its own way, and it really does make you stop and think. Sadly the show does it much better justice as the book isn't as descriptive, but the main theme is there. It's worth checking out for sure."
  • Gregory Stephens
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Oh boy! This one was fantastic. I first heard of this book after seeing the Netflix series, which is amazing by the way. Does this book have a car accident in it? Yes, but there are much, much better books that revolve around an accident, such as "If I Stay, by Gayle Forman". "
    William Stephens
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Car accidents are horrific situations which can lead to spirals out of control. Because of this, "Thirteen Reasons Why" is a good example of the ramifications of said situation."
  • Randy Pearson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I got the book because I loved the Netflix show. It was incredibly well done and the book is no different. I really enjoyed reading the story and the extra narrative. Incredibly moving story and has you hooked from the very beginning."
  • Jessica Hamilton
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is good because this story is about a girl in school and the issues kids can face in high school "
  • Judy Sandoval
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Horribly sad story when anyone takes their life. I'm sure this tragedy could have been prevented somehow. "
  • Beverly Wallace
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Realistic and often heartbreaking story from a teen's perspective. Really shows the impact suicide has on friends, family, and the community. "
  • Verónica Orozco
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is an heart wrenching novel. I feel like it would be good for teens, but I also feel that a parent should read it along with them and talk to them about it. "
  • Patrick Crawford
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The reader sounds fine, nothing great like but adequate. I suppose adequate is what I'd use to describe the book too. It's alright. I was a little bored by it. It would be decent for a young teenager though, not for me. "
  • Mark Ray
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I'm always on the lookout for books aimed at young adults since my daughter is an avid reader. I typically read them first though just to make sure the content isn't too vulgar. I ended up picking out "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Clay Asher on a whim after seeing some good reviews. This is just an incredibly depressing tale and it'll definitely make you want to cry. It involves the very serious topic of suicide and ultimately I just thought that it was too sad for me to truly enjoy. It is well written but incredibly dark and you really have to be in the right mindset to get through this one."
  • Roy Adams
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Thirteen Reasons Why is a very sad and interesting book to read. The whole situation in itself is terrible, but following the story as Clay listened to the tapes made for an interesting twist in the story. I had a difficult time stopping from reading this book as it was very good."
    Willie George
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I thinks every parent and teenager should watch and read this. Easy read and good book! The series is better!"
  • Parakram Sen
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Thirteen Reasons Why is a great read. It is an intense and intriguing adventure. You can really immerse yourself in the reading."
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  • Julie Harrison
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Out of all the books on suicide, I find Thirteen Reasons Why to be the worst example. I first encountered this book a year ago and after reading it I felt sick to the core. Although the book is meant to be a way to increase dialogue on suicide, it ended up being a book stuck on romanticizing mental illness and glorifying a revenge plot. This is not a healthy book for anyone to read."
    Crystal Gray
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "There's been a lot of controversy about this book, so I had to read it myself. But I am an adult who can handle this kind of subject matter (i.e. suicide). I'm not sure if certain teens-- especially, younger, vulnerable ones-- can handle it. I'd say if you're an adult and you're buying this book for a kid, read it along with them and talk about it. There's a lot here to talk about!"
  • Reyna Guevara
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is great because it is a bout a girl who took her own life. This is good for anybody to take the time to read."
  • Rodolfo Rentería
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "best books for suicidal people.Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher narrates how Clay Jensen learns about the reasons why his classmate, workmate, and crush, Hannah Baker took her own life. Hannah Baker left cassette tapes so Clay and everyone involved could listen and discover why. you may need it too."
  • Arthur Johnson
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I got into this book after watching the Netflix series of the same name. I also very much enjoyed the Glass Castle, which I felt helped my introduction to this book. I will say for certain I think the book is much more enjoyable and fulfilling than watching the series."
  • Hemant Nair
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I was recommended Thirteen Reasons Why by a close friend as a good book to read because I wasn't really sure what book I should read next. There is a TV show based on the book, and normally the book is usually better than the movie or show, but not in this case. I thought lacked some of the substance of the TV show and I felt the writing was pretty basic."
    Michael Schmidt
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Thirteen Reasons Why is an innovative look at the modern suicide story. A must for cultural literacy reasons as well as general quality."
  • Anthony Vargas
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Having recently read Thirteen Reasons Why about a girl who commits suicide and then leaves tapes for various people about what they did that lead to it. The main character other than the girl who committed suicide is one of the people receiving the tapes who listens to them and goes to each location she describes. A very pointed book about the consequences of people's actions and how it unfortunately ended a life. "
  • Katherine Meyer
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "If you like John Green's tragic teen stories, then you'll probably enjoy 13 Reasons Why. It can be too dark for some, as it deals with teen suicide, but I feel the message of how our small actions can affect others greatly comes through. I hope all who read it will come away wanting to be kind always because we never know what someone else may be going through. "
  • Roger Elliott
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I saw the movie and knew instantly that I wanted to read the book. The book and movie are actually great companion pieces because the book mainly focuses on Clay and fleshes out his story more than the movie provided. The book was a quick read but I'm glad that I was able to understand the motivations of the main characters better after reading the book."
  • Randy Hanson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Definitely a disappointment. I though this book was going to be amazing, but after finishing it that's definitely not the word I would use to describe it. I didn't care for any of the characters because I didn't have the time to connect with any of them, the story just moved too fast to do so. I barely knew a thing about Clay when he stared a romantic relationship with the main character. And, for me, the ending was kind of predictable? For me, it didn't work. "
    Jacob Palmer
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Thirteen Reasons Why is a rough book to read. Suicide among youths is always a tough subject, and this book illustrates why well. The story of the young man trying to learn why his crush killed herself is one of discovery and pain. There's always something in there to make you sad, but it's a sadness worth feeling for perspective gained."
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  • Lisa Henderson
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I read this book years ago when it first came out and it was sad. When the tv show came out I thought it was time to reread it and I was right the first time. The book is very powerful and it teaches you lessons you normally would not have thought about. It is such a good book that everyone should read because I think it envokes a powerful message."
  • Adam Moreno
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is a great book with a depressed character in it. It may be depressing in itself but it is a good read."
  • Pamela Cox
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is a sad book, but one that every parent should read with their child. It discusses the consequences of bullying in our schools, and gives a very raw look at how kids react to one another."
  • Angela Gu
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The majority of romance novels are written from a female's perspective. Men and women typically have very different ways of looking at things and processing their feelings. In Thirteen Reasons Why, Clay Jensen helps tell Hannah Baker tell her story through the cassette tapes she left, giving the readers insight to her thoughts as well as his. "
  • Ann Pierce
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book is a must read for any preteen on. It is compelling and gives some insight of the thought processes that one goes through. The series was great and the book is good. It is written on a slightly juvenile level but then again, I am an adult."
    Albert King
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book has some characters with mental illness, and their stories. With a classroom setting it is a pretty intimate tale."
  • Nathan Harper
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I thought this was a very sad story, and although I don't like books like these, I couldn't not finish this. This book was haunting, and I felt so sad after reading it. I'm not sure every teen girl should read it though, as it made me depressed for a while and could happen to others too."
  • Benjamin Richards
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I read this book shortly after the first season came out on netflixs. My fiancee and I got real into it as it has a ton of different elements and drama. Wonderful insight to growing up in high school and elements to teen life."
    Tyler Peters
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This book was a great read. After seeing the hit series on Netflix I was interested in checking it out for myself and the book most definitely was not disappointing."
  • Jerry Richards
    Written on February 5, 2018
    "Thirteen Reasons Why is a rather enlightening read for teens which tells the story of Clay Jensen and his toils to learn and understand why his classmate would commit suicide. She apparently left tapes for everyone to listen to and try to discover what the meaning of it all was. Not really a thriller but definitely quite interesting."
  • Harold Carr
    Written on January 31, 2018
    "Excellent series and I also enjoyed the new show based on the books."
  • Ruth Little
    Written on February 5, 2018
    "I love this book and how it opens the minds of teens. It captivated me and how Hannah created a unique way to prove to the ones around her how they influenced her life."

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