Rating – 4/5
“Clay Jenson returns home to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside hie discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and his first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. All through the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovers changes his life… Forever.”
I reread this book recently after I heard there would be a Netflix series coming out in March based on the book. I hadn’t read the book in well over a year and could barely remember what happened but I thought it best I pick it back up to refresh my memory before I watched the show.
I really did enjoy this book. I don’t see any obvious flaws and I found it to be a really quick and easy read. The story is poignant and gripping and really gets you thinking about how your words and actions can affect others which is really important. I feel I learnt a lot from reading this book and I hope others did to.
Clay’s character was really enjoyable – he was sweet, kind and considerate and I think he was the best character for us to follow through Hannah’s journey. Hannah’s voice was really unique and it was really interesting to hear how things really affected her life and her ultimate decision to end it. She was a really wonderful character. We don’t really meet many other characters, apart from Tony who seemed a little irrelevant but came to have an integral part to the story and to how Clay coped with Hannah’s death. The characters we do meet, we are introduced to through Hannah’s story as she reveals the 13 people who affected her life. We are introduced to them in a biased way through Hannah’s experience of them but I feel Asher presents them in a way that we are also free to make our mind up about them.
This book really is wonderful and I urge everyone to read it. However, I know some people don’t agree with how depression and mental health is portrayed in this book so I would advise checking out some other reviews before deciding to read it.I also really recommend watching the Netflix show – it’s stays true to the book whilst really expanding the story and we learn more about the 13 people who affected Hannah. The show is truly incredible but it may be triggering for some viewers so please take caution when watching the show. There are trigger warnings on the screen before some of the more serious episodes but there are multiple posts on social media displaying trigger warnings in more detail.