Title: 13 Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Review Also Posted On: Goodreads
You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.
I’ve seen this book circulate around the bookstagram community for a while now. It even has its 10th anniversary edition which comes to show that I’ve missed on some great reads for the past couple of years. I was also planning on posting this review but got held back since i was too preoccupied with work. Moving on…
But what really got my full curiosity about this book was the controversial TV series with.. Well… The same title. I watched the whole TV series in just two days and couldn’t get over how messed up one person’s life could be. After watching the series I got some new firsts in my social media experience… Getting 300 + Favorites and Retweets on twitter and also some hateful remarks on the comments I replied to someone on that same site. (I must admit that was fun)
So I will basically be talking about the Book and not the TV series, but mind you I will be including some references from the TV series since I’ve watched that one first rather than reading the book first.
So the thought that popped out of my head after watching the TV series was ” I HAVE TO READ THE BOOK! I JUST HAVE TO! I want to see if they did the representation accurately or not.” Cause that’s how I usually am. So after a few weeks I got my own copies of the book.
The Book was written in a fast pace (Clay finished listening to the tapes in a day) though the TV series showed Clay listening to the tapes in a much much much more slower pace. The story revolves around Hannah Baker the girl who committed suicide… But to the majority of people reading this, if you’ve read the book you obviously know know Hannah took her own life by consuming pills but in the show she slit her wrists and basically bled to death. In the book though everything is quite understandable like “Oh! That’s why she did that!” But (so sorry I have to compare… Another reason why I should read the book before watching a movie/ show) if you compare it to the TV series it’d make much more sense. Some of the reasons on the book was quite petty and shallow such as her reasons for Ryan and Courtney but it still gives a contributing factor on her suicide.
Maybe this book does Glamorize Suicide in a way. But even though she seems petty and weak for taking her own life it just shows you that every little thing you do or say to a person may or may not affect them immensely whether they show it to you or not. (This was one of the statements I gave the received both positive and negative feedbacks on twitter. ) I received comments like ” You need a TV show to teach you that?!” And “Who raised you?!” Lines like that makes me feel pity towards that person’s family and friends… With that type of attitude he could make a person take his or her life. I basically know all of these since I started to learn to socialize. I was merely stating what the TV series and the book was conveying to each individual who watched or read 13 Reasons Why.
✅ Dialogues: Were good. Everything was well thought out… Except for “OLLY-OLLY-OXEN-FREE” line which was annoying to read everytime… I’m glad that in the show the used F.M.L. instead of that one.
✅ Plot: Was great! Some people find the book… But most of all the TV series triggering in a way. I don’t I enjoyed every bit of it. I like to think of it as a book/ show that spreads awareness that suicide isn’t a pretty thing to do, I have those thoughts all the time but I never give in to those. So this book has a special place in my heart.
✅ Characters: Every character in this book has their own charms and you’ll see… Well imagine… The diversity of the characters. How people have such unique personalities and tendencies. Also giving these characters a shout out. I literally despise them! ( not the actor and actress though just the characters)
– Courtney’s character is so annoying and I just hate her.
– And then there’s Bryce… He’s just plain disgusting.
✅ Flow of the story: As I’ve mentioned earlier, the book has a fast pace and it only revolves in the day Clay listened to the tapes but nonetheless it is still a heart breaking, gut turning and a sorrow filled read.
✅ Detailing: Was limited but was still enough.