Th1rteen Reasons Why

Asher, Jay. Thirteen Reasons Why. Westminster, United Kingdom: Penguin Publishing.       

ISBN: 978-1-59514-171-2

Th1rteen R3asons Why

Written By: Jay Asher

Reviewed By: Phillip Tran

Recommended: Young Teens

In Th1rteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, a young girl named Hannah Baker had recently committed suicide and Clay Jensen a young high school boy was so depressed because his first love had committed suicide. One day Clay Jensen comes home from school to find a shoebox-sized package on his front porch. He goes into his home to open the box, and finds several audiotapes each containing their own number. Clay puts the first tape into the stereo and hears Hannah Baker’s voice on the stereo.Clay recalls that a week before he received a map in his locker and finds out that the map will help to display the locations where Hannah had been afflicted by the people in the audiotapes. She then states that all the people who received these audiotapes contributed to her death. Clay wanted to keep these private so he moves to listen to these tapes on his friend’s Walkman.

Clay roams the streets of his home town as he listens to these tapes and follows Hannah’s map. Clay is antsy as he hears the story of the other contributors to Hannah’s death and cannot seem to comprehend the idea that he somehow contributed to her suicide. But Clay finds out that the truth about Hannah’s death will forever change his life.

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