Genre: Tragedy, Realistic Fiction
Clay Jenkins returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers 13 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.
Words cannot describe how much I love this book; I absolutely adore it! The audiotapes were a unique and interesting way to tell the story. Not only did we get to read the story from Hannah's point of view, but also from an outsider's point of view (and it was in a way that made sense).
This book really shows that every little thing we do affects someone else's life. We may not know it but all of our actions affect others. This book was so beautiful yet devastating.
I must agree with some people that we still don't exactly how Hannah was pushed over the edge. You may argue with me and say that the whole point of the tapes was to tell us why. But I don't think that what happened to her was enough. I'm not saying that what Hannah went through wasn't horrible--because it was--but we don't understand exactly how she was affected by this. Makes no sense? I agree with you. I can't exactly explain it, but it feels like there was a lot more to Hannah's life that we don't know.
Except for that small problem, I loved this book! I could totally relate to Clay and Hannah. I could picture everything perfectly in my head, and I felt so bad for Clay. I wanted to cry, and I almost did. I felt both Hannah and Clay's pain and I really wanted them to be together. Obviously, they never will. I liked the last scene with Clay because it really helps the reader get out of the daze that the tapes put them in, and makes them understand that the characters were moving on and learned their lessons.
What I thought was sort of interesting (in a twisted way, I admit) was that since Clay wasn't on the first tape, he wasn't the first one to hear them. Which means that the people before him had heard the tapes, and one by one, they were waiting for the next person on the list to hear them. They could all tell when the next person heard them because they'd notice a slight change in them. I found it sort of cool because they were all connected in a way and were just waiting for the next person. I know, I'm weird.
This book is definitely one of my favourites and I recommend it to you all.
Likes: Hannah, and Clay.
Dislikes: Everyone on the tapes except for Clay, and Jenny.