Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why is a young adult novel written by Jay Asher. It is about a freshman girl in high school named Hannah Baker. Hannah kills herself and leaves behind an audio version of a suicide note in the form of 7 tapes.

The tapes are passed on to 13 different people and each of the thirteen stories is about one of those people. Hannah explains in the tapes how each of them are responsible for her death in some sort of way.

This novel was funny and heartbreaking all at once. Hannah was a lovable and extremely relatable to nearly all teens. Clay was also one of the very relatable characters that were featured in this novel. Any teen will be able to relate to at least one of the characters in this novel in some way.

This novel is about suicide and if the reader knows that they might not be okay with reading this kind of material, it would not be a good idea to read it. The novel also had some foul language and sexual content. The novel was said to glorify suicide, but it didn’t seem that way. Hannah herself might have glorified it, but the affect she leaves on Clay and the other characters can really show readers that suicide is not something to joke about.

Overall, I think that Thirteen Reasons Why has an important lesson and is a wonderful novel for anyone to read. I think that the moral values that it leaves behind with readers is important for everyone to experience.