On the tapes, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she ended her life. Clay is one of them and if he listens to the tapes, he’ll find out just what he did to make the list.
Through the duel narratives of Hannah and Clay, Jay Asher creates a story that will make your heart quicken and will make your fingers twitch to turn the pages faster to find out what happens.
I read this book in four hours. No, that does not mean that it was amazing.
The character of Hannah is confusing. She’s committed suicide, she wants to tell the people on the tapes what caused her to do this and she tells her story brilliantly. But she doesn’t come across as someone who is in distress, as someone who was going to kill herself the following day, as someone who has had the worst rumours being spread about her.
Instead, Hannah comes across as bitchy (which is kind of understandable due to the horrible situations that she’s found herself in), she comes across a harpy who is chasing after revenge and at times, this can get very annoying. She is also not innocent of not hurting people. She witnesses something devastating and doesn’t stop it, she has the opportunity to stop another disaster and she doesn’t stop that. Hannah herself describes her suicide as a “snowball effect” that was created by the people on the tape and also from the disasters that she didn’t stop.
“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why
It wasn’t a brilliant read for me because it shows suicide in a practical joke kind-of-way and not something that needs to be taken seriously. Hannah is blaming these people for her death but not thinking of the consequences that this could lead to.
It’s an easy read but not a book that I was entirely happy with.
Warning: this book contains triggers for depression