Thirteen Reasons Why

Today is Tuesday, and you know what that means? Totally awesome book Tuesday! And this Tuesday I introduce you to “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher.

This book has been on the popular shelves in Barnes and Noble, which is a partial reason I picked it up in the first place, but I also did because my friend suggested it to me. So, now I am suggesting it to you.

This novel is structured quite uniquely, we have our main character Clay that finds a box of tapes on his front porch, and inside he finds a map of the town along with seven cassette tapes. Along the way we read his narrative, such as where he’s walking around or his own memories of the voice on the tape (Hannah), but the majority of the story includes the tape itself. In the book you’ll find the pause, stop, play, and rewind button just like the old cassette players have (and okay, I guess ipods too, but cassette players are epic). Quite honestly this is why I picked up the book in the first place because of the unique structure, and each chapter is sectioned by the sides of the tape.

Each tape holds a story, a reason. Hannah committed suicide just recently, and on these tapes that Clay is listening to, she gives her thirteen reasons why she did it, or more specifically, the thirteen people that caused her so much trouble. The rules are easy: listen to the tapes all the way through, and then hand it off to the next person.

Along the way we get introduced to many people through Hannah’s eyes, and the way they intertwine throughout her life is quite the puzzle and a maze, but in the end it all comes together. I was intrigued the whole story as to who comes next on the list and what story comes with it, along with waiting for Clay himself.

This isn’t just a story of suicide, it’s much, much more than that. It’ll open your eyes, and hopefully it can affect you the same way it did to me; anyone can be having a hard day, so make it a mission to smile at anybody that walks by. Look for the suicidal signs, and maybe you won’t be too late to save them.

You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret…is to press play.

Keep on reading!

-Sara R.

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