Throwback Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


I previously had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the hosting company I used for the blog, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what  I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  See some that I have already posted here.


Goodreads Summary:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen 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.


My Thoughts:

I love books about drug abuse, suicide, eating disorders, all the big issues. I don’t know why, I just do.
This book is so good. It is about a guy named Clay who received a bunch of cassette tapes, and on the tapes is the voice of Hannah. Hannah who killed herself. On the tapes is Hannah explaining why. I love the way the story is told, in real time with Clay and with the story from the tapes. I love the characters, they are so believable. I think this book does an amazing job of how depression can spiral out of control, and how some people feel like death is the only hopeful option. I don’t think this book glorifies suicide like some reviewers are saying, but I think it might open people’s eyes to how they treat others, and maybe pay a little more attention to the people around them. Probably not, but maybe.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Fave quotes:

“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”

“No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”

“A lot of you cared, just not enough.”

“But you can’t get away from yourself. You can’t decide not to see yourself anymore. You can’t decide to turn off the noise in your head.”

“If my love were an ocean,
there would be no more land.
If my love were a desert,
you would see only sand.
If my love were a star-
late at night, only light.
And if my love could grow wings,
I’d be soaring in flight.”

“Sometimes we have thoughts that even we don’t understand. Thoughts that aren’t even true—that aren’t really how we feel—but they’re running through our heads anyway because they’re interesting to think about.”

“What you don’t understand, you can make mean anything.”

“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own.”

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline




  1. I loved this book when I read it. I was on vacation and immediately sucked in. My husband had to take the book away from me and tell me to go to sleep. I was up at 5 AM to finish it.

    And I agree, I don’t feel it glorifies suicide and does focus on our treatment of others.


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