Monday, 10 July 2017
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
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.
My thanks to the Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.
I gave this Young Adult story a 3 stars or 6/10.
I really enjoyed the premise of the story and the way that it was told as if Clay was listening to the tape that Hannah had recorded. However, by the time I'd read the story I wasn't really bothered why she'd done it as to me, none of the reasons seemed to be valid enough reasons to make someone take their own life. I do appreciate that the actions of others, can and often do affect us all differently. Hannah could've been any High School student as most of what happened could've happened to anyone, unlike Hannah though they might have reacted differently.
It's not easy being a teenager, their bodies are changing, they have so many pressures put on them from loads of different directions. It's no wonder really that something that we would perceive as not being a problem, to them it's immense. Hannah it appeared had loads of problems, that she saw fit enough to be reason enough to cause her to take her own life.
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is so true, people young and old need to remember this or they too could be the one of the reasons that someone deems big enough cause to make them take their life.
This has been made into a TV drama and I would be interested in watching it, to see how it compares to the book.