Friday, 28 September 2012

Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher

 
Thirteen Reason Why
Release Date: 18th October 2007
Publisher: Penguin Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
 
Synopsis: 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 learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

Thirteen Reasons Why is the gripping, addictive international bestseller that has changed lives the world over. It's an unrelenting modern classic.
 
Review: This is a brilliant book that really makes you think. It's a heartbreaking tale about the tough parts of life, and how things can soon spiral out of control, leaving you lost and defenceless. Thirteen Reasons Why is a story where these events lead Hannah to her end. Things got too much for her, she asked for help but no one answered. When there's no one left who cares, what more can you do. It's a novel about the truths of falling into the black hole of depression and losing yourself. I think the main message we get from this book is that you are never alone. It may seem like it but there is always someone out there who cares. Someone who can help. You must never forget this. This is full of truths and these things happen to real people, it's as true and heartbreaking as a story can get. It's one that will leave you thinking for a long time.
 
Thirteen Reasons Why begins when Clay finds a shoebox full of tapes left on his doorstop. When he listens to the first tape, the haunting voice of Hannah Baker greets him. Hannah committed Suicide a few weeks ago, before she did she created these tapes that explained the thirteen reasons that lead to her decision. Each event snowballed into the next creating one big cobweb of problems. Everyone who receives the tapes is featured on one of them. Clay is shocked when he receives them, he hardly knew Hannah. Yes he fancied her but it never went further than one kiss. Listening to the tapes he begins to realise just how much pain Hannah was going through. He's heartbroken when he realises that she asked for his help and  he just left. The reality of the truth hurts and he cannot believe what some of the other people did to her. Clay realises that he could have prevented all this but failed, he needs to make sure it never happens again.
 
The story is told by the dual narratives of Hannah and Clay. Clay is an Innocent kind boy just trying to live his life. He has no idea about the chaos of Hannah's life and mind. Clay has liked Hannah for ages but he's always to shy to make a move and now he will never have the chance. Clay soon loses his innocents as he realises the terrible things his classmates have done. How much longer can he live in the shadow and not realise the things and consequences of everyone's actions? We all know there are bad people in the world but we normally just blindside it but Clay has come face to face with these people and he's seen the effect it had on Hannah. He realises that this could happen to anyone and he wants to stop. He wants to succeed where others failed. He will be the one there to help.
 
I loved this book. Yes, it is dark and full of harsh realities but it is so real. It is a true reflection of life and the horrors that can effect you. I personally know the dark effects thoughts and feeling can have on your mind and it isn't something I want other people to go through. There is people to help, even if you think there isn't. I cannot stress enough the importance to talk to someone when you feel down, keeping things bottled inside will only make it worse. This book really hit home with me and I hope it will make other people open their eyes to what could be happening to other people. It's a lesson we all need to learn, especially before it's too late. This book will be one I keep close to me, it's one I think many people should read to understand the dark depths people can fall into to. One day a person could need your help.
 
 
 

4 comments:

  1. Loved this book too, simple yet thought provoking.

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  2. Great review! This is one of those books that I want to recommend to everyone. It really opens people's eyes.
    -Rachel @ Read. Write. Ramble.

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  4. I'd make this book required reading for freshman year...I loved it. Great review!

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