Very fast read! I needed to hear the entire story immediately after I started the book. I haven't watched the series, but will have to after reading this!
If you are reading this, Hannah Baker is gone. She left behind tapes explaining what happened and why. The rules are simple - you listen to the tapes, face your part in her death and pass the tapes onto the next person. Easy, right?! Not for those who receive the tapes, because they are one of thirteen reasons why she took her life. Ready to learn how Clay ended up on the list? Because once to hear the reason, you can‘t un-hear it.
Ive already watched the Netflix series for this book so I wondered if I'd enjoy (not the best word but I can't think of an alternative right now) this as much as I did the show but I did. I was equally as invested. Equally transported to my own secondary school days and the traumas girls in particular face.
For me this book summarises everything that happens to teens every single day. We've got to do better.
This is a YA novel following Hannah Baker after her suicide. She leaves behind 13 tapes, each focusing on a person and their actions leading to her decision. Being listened to by a fellow student he learns truths about lies, gossip, rape, and more. A heavy hitter. A must read.
Book Spin Pick: THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by JAY ASHER - Not much of a YA fan, but this book is powerful! Heavy, tough topics, but things that need to addressed and talked about so much more than they are. Haven't been able to put this one down. I was also a fan of the series.
Maybe it was just too hyped up for me. The concept was interesting listening to the tapes and the reasons leading up to her need suicide. I liked that the people that she felt contributed to her depression all had to listen to the tapes to see where they contributed to her downward spiral. The main take away from this book was that our actions towards others and ourselves all have consequences and cause reactions in others so be mindful of that.
This was the books second chance for me. I tried reading it in middle school when it was new, but couldn‘t get into it. I honestly may not have been able to get into it if it hadn‘t been for the Netflix show adding so much more to the story. Fast-paced but left me wanting more.
After finally reading this one, I have an even better understanding of why it‘s so polarizing. Quote sums it up. Listening to someone narrate her surrender and then maneuver a few final events to steel herself for her final act is chilling. The use of Clay as the boy listening to the tapes is incredibly effective at placing the reader in each moment. Going to have to come down on the side of better to read this book and talk about it, though.
Starting, I've watched the 1st and 2nd season on Netflix but haven't gotten around to the next season. I have been wanting to read this book for a while though to see how closely the Netflix adaptation stuck to the book or what they left out or changed, please be advised there is a trigger warning for rape, suicide, assault, and bullying.
Young adult fiction
Borrowed from friend
The book is about a girl who got bullied and sexually harassed by her friends and boyfriend. The main character is Hannah Baker who is a sophmore in highschool. After all the bullying and harassment, she commited suicide in her bathtub. Before her death, she made tapes to all the people that affected her into committing to her death. Her friend Clay then investigated the situation.
“you don‘t know what goes on in anyone‘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. unfortunately, you can‘t be that precise and selective. when you mess with one part of a person‘s life, you‘re messing with their entire life. everything. . . affects everything.“
Day 13: 13- so I read this book when it first came out. I had some mixed feelings. I enjoyed the story it explains how suicide is usually just not one trigger and a build up of a lot of pain/frustration/emotion etc. I saw the show and I feel like they get some parts write and others so very wrong.
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I devoured this in high-school; and put it on my then list of top reads, but I haven‘t read it since. I watched season one of the Netflix show when it came out, and was shaken by the rawness of it. I didn‘t hate the show, but did feel strongly for those who may have watched it and found themselves worse off. I‘m curious to see how I‘ll perceive the book now that I‘m older, would say I‘m in a better mental state, and have a child of my own.
I‘m actually surprised at how low this is rated. Is it the best book ever? No. But it is intriguing and the characters are realistic and blend together into a believable story. No part of me feels like this “glorifies suicide.” If anything, it places an importance on reaching out to your peers for a mental health check. 3.5/5
I almost never read this book. Early on I formed the opinion this book is a bad idea as it slightly glamorizes suicide, which, I thought was a horrible idea...
But then I thought, who am I to hold such an opinion if I never read it?
So it was okay. I gave it an all right rating simply because I‘ve read worse.
I did NOT like that she hid in a closet while her friend/ex-friend (doesn‘t matter) was raped. Then never did anything about it. ??
This is one of those books that people seem to love or hate. I read it because I'm reading American Library Association Top 11 Challenged or Banned Books of 2018. I didn't enjoy reading it but that's my personal opinion. Everyone has to decide for themselves what is appropriate for them. Hence the So-So.