Google+ Reading Teen: Abigaile's Review of TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY by Jay Asher

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Abigaile's Review of TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY by Jay Asher

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 304 pages

Publisher: Razorbill; 1st edition (October 18, 2007)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1595141715

ISBN-13: 978-1595141712

Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1 inches

Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

When Clay Jenson plays the casette tapes he received in a mysterious package, he's surprised to hear the voice of dead classmate Hannah Baker. He's one of 13 people who receive Hannah's story, which details the circumstances that led to her suicide. Clay spends the rest of the day and long into the night listening to Hannah's voice and going to the locations she wants him to visit. The text alternates, sometimes quickly, between Hannah's voice (italicized) and Clay's thoughts as he listens to her words, which illuminate betrayals and secrets that demonstrate the consequences of even small actions. Hannah, herself, is not free from guilt, her own inaction having played a part in an accidental auto death and a rape. The message about how we treat one another, although sometimes heavy, makes for compelling reading.

Oh gosh, this book was amazing. I mean, I don't even know where to begin on explaining to you how you MUST read this book! When I begin to think about how much I loved this book, I stop myself and think, why should I love this book? The whole thing is kinda sick, really. The whole book is inside the mind of Hannah Baker and her 13 Reasons Why she killed herself. All her stories, all her decisions leading up to the point of suicide. And the thing that made me really sad was that the whole time, Clay, the boy who has loved her for years, and could never have the guts to tell her, is listening to it all. Listening to all 13 little cassette tapes on how Hannah wanted to end her life. Listening to the reason he's on one of those tapes. The whole time he feels like he is getting to know her so much more, how he felt so connected. And yet, he can never tell her. Because if he's listening to them, it means she's already dead. 
I thought this book was very well written, and the way Jay Asher put together all the little pieces of the story was incredible. The whole thing felt so realistic. READ THIS BOOK! 

- Abigaile

*Word to the wise: There is some strong sexual references including rape, violence (rape) and some strong language. For full content GO to  Parental Book Reviews.


  1. I loved this book as well! I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it but it was so heart-wrenching and interesting! Great review!

  2. Great review, Abi! I, too, loved this book!!

  3. I was expecting so much from this book but I didn't like it,
    I felt that Hannah was blaming all her problems on other people, yeah it was sad that Clay could never tell her that he loved her but when I finished the book I was like "mehhh....", it didn't stay with me.
    But thanks for the review! it's always interesting to know what other people think & I love your page.

  4. This book was on my TBR list, but your review has shot it to the top. Thanks!

  5. I read 13RW a couple of years ago and was completely blown away. Jay Asher's writing ability, the depth of the characters, the IMPORTANCE of the subject matter and the incredibly skillful way he handled it...I literally could not put the book down.

    I recommend this book to everyone.

  6. Thanks for the great review. Like you I had a really strong reaction to this novel... I loved it. But it was so bittersweet. The whole time I wanted to end differently even though I knew it wasn't possible.

  7. I want to read this book so much. I think i will buy it next week, 'cause i really can wait to start. It's on top in my book list.

    Great review.

  8. Thanks for all the awesome comments!! (: @Moka, yes I agree with you. Hannah is blaming everything on everyone else, shes just playing the victim. But I still enjoyed the book.

    And for anybody who has already read it, go to, and you can listen to the tapes yourself! I did it, and it brings a whole new level to the book.

  9. Just wanted to say that I think your blog is gorgeous - and I am passing along the One Lovely Blog Award

  10. I just started reading this book yesterday. So far, I think it is AMAZING! I agree with Moka, though, at least partly. OK, some parts were other peoples fault, but not everything. Some were her own fault. I still am enjoying the book, though.


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