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Thirteen Reasons Why
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THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER**THE BOOK THAT STARTED IT ALL, NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES** "Eerie, beautiful, and devastating." —Chicago Tribune "A stealthy hit with...
THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER**THE BOOK THAT STARTED IT ALL, NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES** "Eerie, beautiful, and devastating." —Chicago Tribune "A stealthy hit with...
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  • THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
    **THE BOOK THAT STARTED IT ALL, NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES**

    "Eerie, beautiful, and devastating." —Chicago Tribune

    "A stealthy hit with staying power. . . . thriller-like pacing." —The New York Times

    "Thirteen Reasons Why will leave you with chills long after you have finished reading." —Amber Gibson, NPR's "All Things Considered"

    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.
 

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  • DOGO Books angelay - This book isn’t as good as I think it is for one main reason - it sort of glamorises suicide. Although there are a lot of good descriptions and parts of the book that I liked, the different point of views made me very confused as to whose thoughts they were about. Although the characters were quite alright, Hannah was the most unreal one to me, and that’s because she killed herself just for the sake of getting sick revenge. However I think that the book is realistic though, because most teenagers are very sensitive and can be hurt by just a little joke. So Hannah didn’t really get tormented to the point of suicide in a really horrible revolting, this made the book a bit more realistic. Again, I think that Hannah was really the main character in the story and she just sounded so angry and bitter (maybe that’s cause she was about to commit suicide) but it just made the story seem a bit more unrealistic to me. I would give this book 3/5 stars, I just don’t understand all the hype about it.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 8, 2007
    This uncommonly polished debut opens on a riveting scenario: 13 teenagers in a small town have each been designated to listen, in secret, to a box of audiotapes recorded by their classmate Hannah and mailed on the very day she commits suicide. “I'm about to tell you the story of my life,” she says. “More specifically, why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why.” Clay, the narrator, receives the tapes a few weeks after the suicide (each listener must send the box to the next, and Hannah has built in a plan to make sure her posthumous directions are followed), and his initial shock turns to horror as he hears the dead girl implicate his friends and acquaintances in various acts of callousness, cruelty or crime. Asher expertly paces the narrative, splicing Hannah's tale with Clay's mounting anxiety and fear. Just what has he done? Readers won't be able to pull themselves away until that question gets answered—no matter that the premise is contrived and the plot details can be implausible. The author gets all the characters right, from the popular girl who wants to insure her status to the boy who rapes an unconscious girl at a party where the liquor flows too freely, and the veneer of authenticity suffices to hide the story's flaws. Asher knows how to entertain an audience; this book will leave readers eager to see what he does next. Ages 13-up.

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