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Th1rteen R3asons Why

A Novel
Asher, Jay (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Th1rteen R3asons Why


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When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Authors: Asher, Jay, 1975-
Title: Th1rteen r3asons why
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Razorbill,, c2007.
Edition: Without author interview and map.
Characteristics: 288 p. ;,22 cm.
Notes: This version of the work does not include the author interview "13 questions for Jay Asher" at end, or a map on the inside of the dust jacket.
Summary: When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Audience: 550
Local Note: Accelerated Reader AR 39 10090
Reading Counts RC 29 10160
ISBN: 9781595141712
1595141715
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Report This Nov 09, 2013
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Maybe it’s because this was the second young adult book about teen suicide I’ve read in a row, and the last one (Before I Fall) was fantastic and so believably captured teenage life and death even while being about a mystical Groundhog Day-like experience, but 13 Reasons Why wasn’t spectacular. 13 Reasons Why is the story of a high school boy who receives a package of cassette tapes in the mail (this is set in 2011) and discovers they contain the voice of a girl at his school who had just committed suicide in the days before. On the tapes, she narrates the story of her own impending death, and explains her reasons. While the events leading up to her suicide seem like a completely plausible chain of events that could provoke a teen to kill themselves, Hannah’s style of speaking and level of self-reflection does not seem like the teenage experience at all. Hannah, and the other characters as well, are teenagers, but with adult voices and outlooks. The story idea is interesting, but people write so much better than someone speaks, so it’s hard to get drawn into this inauthentic world. Even the theme of teen suicide isn’t especially poignant. With Hannah speaking on the tapes and Clay listening and responding to her, she is essentially a living character, and her suicide becomes overshadowed and nearly forgotten – I half expected her to turn up alive at the end. 13 Reasons Why was still an enjoyable read, but its potential was snuffed out far too early.

Report This Aug 08, 2013
  • librarysteph rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a dark depressing book but it's beautifully written and an important book for young people to read. The novel explores the impact we have on people's lives. Sometimes things a bully or acquaintance says or does feels insignificant to them but it has a huge impact on the person. I personally have a few incidents and people who scarred or shaped me in ways they probably couldn't imagine and I think Asher captures this very well. I think it's really important that we don't just hear her suicide tapes directly. Framing the narrative with the perspective of a recipient is essential to the story. Those who failed to help hurt her almost as much as those who try to hurt her. One of the aspects of the plot I find most compelling and most disturbing is that it is all very realistic. The bullying is usually subtle,and the characters are believable. Even the rape scene is something I have heard about repeatedly in real life. None of the things that happen to her or that she witnesses are over-dramatic or sensationalized. The snowball effect she describes (where all the little things disillusion her views of the world) is exactly what people who have never been depressed fail to understand. Clay learns from his experience of listening to her last words. I hope readers do too.

Report This Jul 25, 2013
  • katerys rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hauntingly realistic. Makes you think about how everything you do affects everyone else, and maybe affects them more than you realize. Her reasons are scarily, well, reasonable. They're not outrageous. It wasn't like someone looked at her weird and she overreacted. And the scariest (and saddest) part was some of the reasons were preventable.

Report This Jun 29, 2013
  • red_butterfly1621 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a great book. It was very meaningful. There is a great message behind this exciting story.

Report This Jun 28, 2013
  • MsFlores1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thirteen Reasons Why is a must read. It is a story about a young lady who is deeply impacted by one particular event that then leads to a series of other events. These events lead up to her suicide. Before she commits suicide, she notifies the 13 people who played a role in her decision. This is a great novel for young people to read, especially in this day and age when bullying is such a huge problem.

Report This Jun 28, 2013
  • Triciamjensen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

great story. worth a read.

Report This May 31, 2013
  • euphoniabug rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very good read. I really appreciated the format that Jay Asher used to tell this story. It really made you feel that when Hannah was talking, you were the one listening to the cassette tapes.

I didn't really like it. It was a very powerful book but very....disturbing.

Powerful book! Rarely do we ever really think about the impact that we have on others lives, and Hannah has a great way of bring that to light. While it may be hard to, I recommend pacing yourself as you read. Reading a ton over a short period of time could depress you. Drugs and alcohol, rape, sex, language, and bullying amongst teens peeper this book.

Report This Mar 26, 2013
  • for_your_entertainment rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite things about the book is that it puts you in the book, to where you feel liek on of the characters. When she talks in her tapes she say "your the reason why" and "becasue of you" (i'm paraphrasing here). I loved that. Jay Asher has wrote another book called: The Future Of Us. It's set in 1997. a girl and her best friend (who wants to be more than that) get internet on her computer and teh find a FACEBOOK icon and when they click on it it transports into the future where she finds things she really wants to changed based on her account. I suggest you read it if you like this. GOOD READING TO YOU ALL!

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Report This Jul 02, 2013
  • cbyrdtucker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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  • Triciamjensen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Oct 23, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Clay receives box of cassettes from suicide girl at school telling story of what happened. Tapes are sent and resent to each person crucial to the story. Story of lies, rumors, indifference, things not noticed, awkward teen culture, HS culture, parents too busy, teen cruelty, rape at a party, sex for the wrong reasons, and a teacher/counselor with no discernible suicide prevention skills. Clay is not the bad guy but is sickened by the story and what he might have done to stop the trainwreck if he'd only known. Students and a teacher are on the "list." Clay may be a better person after this, all lives will be changed by the tapes.

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Sexual Content: very specific with rape and sexual content

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Report This Jul 01, 2013
  • CynthiaS913 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

You'll do that right? All of you? You'll fill in the gaps? Because every story I'm telling leaves so many unanswered questions.

Report This Oct 13, 2012
  • Lotte_ rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"I'm sorry..........................................thankyou."

Report This May 23, 2012
  • Sh3sLump rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You don't know what went on in the rest of my life. At home. Even at school. You don't know what goes on in any-one'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. Unfortunatly, you can't be that precise and seletive. When you mess with one part of a person's life, you're messng with their entire life. -Hannah Baker Cassette 5: Side A

Report This Feb 12, 2011
  • somethingwicked rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I meet your eyes you don't even see me You hardly respond when I whisper hello Could be my soul mate two kindred spirits Maybe we're not I guess we'll never know My own mother you carried me in you Now you see nothing but what i wear People ask you how I am doing You smile and nod don't let it end there Put me underneath God's sky and know me don't just see me with your eyes Take away this mask of flesh and bone and see me for my soul alone

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13 Reasons Why-OPL Teen Tech Week Video Contest 2013: 3rd Place winner

This is a short trailer that was created for the Ottawa Public Library Teen Video Contest. The 2013 3rd Place Winner

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