This story begins when Clay Jensen comes home from school and there’s a package waiting for him. Inside are 7 cassette tapes. And on those tapes …. coming to you live and in stereo is none other than Hannah Baker, the girl who killed herself two weeks previously. And what does she have to say on these tapes? These tapes are the story of her life, or more importantly, why her life ended. These are her 13 reasons why.
Note: This review is based solely on the novel itself. Nothing in this review has anything to do with the Netflix show.
Do not ask me about the Netflix show, thus far I have only watched 4 episodes and I am extremely disappointed in the portrayal of Clay and have put the show on hold for the moment.
The first time I read this book was when it came out 10 years ago. I was in high school at the time and absolutely loved the book.
This book was just as good as I remember it being. A lot of people will read this book and think that what Hannah did was cruel. How could someone write a book like this? There was a lot more to this book that just the surface details, so here are my thoughts:
This book is meant to teach us something. It is meant to teach teenagers that everything we do and everything we say has consequences. That innocent joke you made about someone may not be so innocent to them. That rumor you heard, it may be far from the truth. Teenagers are cruel to each other for no other reason than entertainment and it needs to stop. Teen suicide as a result of bullying is a real thing. It’s an important topic to talk about, now more than ever.
When I first read this book in high school it tore me apart. I went out of my way to be kind to people because you just never knew. You know what I hope? I hope this book eventually gets on summer reading lists for high school students or that it becomes an in class assignment. Most kids don’t think about the consequences of their actions. And maybe, just maybe, this would make them think about what they’re going to do or say before the do it or say it.
I highly recommend reading this book and if you know someone in high school or know someone about to enter high school, I recommend giving them this book to read. Because this book also shows you that no matter what happens and no matter what you think, there’s always someone out there who cares about you enough to want to do something to help. It may not be who you expect but there is someone out there. And that’s the most important thing to take away from all of this. Clay would have done anything to stop her because he cared about her more than he knew how to express. Those people will always find a way into your life and no matter what you’re going through you need to talk to someone about the things that are happening.
And as a side note, if there is anyone who reads this review and needs someone to confide in or needs someone who will just listen, you can always contact me through email or through Instagram.
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