Book Review: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Spoiler Free Review)

So unless you have been living under a rock you’ve probably heard of the Netflix show of the same name and like most people I watched the show when it first aired. Of course as is the case with a lot of books I’ve been reading and buying once I found out that the show was based on a book I had to get it and read it.

For those of you who don’t know this book fallows the main character Clay Jensen. When he gets home from school one day he finds a box addressed to him on the front steps of his house. Of course he opens the package and finds seven cassette tapes. The tape that will change his life forever because its from Hannah Baker. Hannah Baker who committed suicide a few weeks before Clay receives the tapes.  Curiosity get the best of him and Clay spends the rest of the day listening to Hannah’s tapes.

The first thing I have to say is that I found this book emotionally draining. But I am glad to say that the book is fairly different from the show. So if you liked the show or didn’t I think you should read this book because I think the meaning behind it is VERY important. To me the meaning is about how we treat other people and Hannah says it best on page 156 (of the edition I have). She says “No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people.” Honestly  this is so true. I love this book and I love the message.

Some may say that this book and show glorifies suicide. I can see how some people can think this but I don’t agree. I think more then anything it brings the topic of suicide to the surface which I don’t think was a more widely talked about subject. I know when I was in high school (grade 8 to 12) it was not talked about much and it definitely wasn’t at home. Which is pretty sad considering that I grew up in BC and was seventeen when Amanda Todd committed suicide and did we talk about it much in class, not for more then 10 minutes, and my family and I didn’t talk about it. I know lots of bands have made songs and videos about suicide awareness but lots of these bands aren’t the usual MTV Top 40 bands they are lesser knows or not widely listened to (for example Ungrateful by Escape the Fate seriously go look it up). The show 13 Reason Why definitely shocked people and made people freak out which I think is good! People who are going through hard times and may be considering suicide need to know that they have other options and the only way they can know this is by making it a talked about subject.

If anyone reading this is considering suicide please talk to someone and if you feel like you don’t have someone feel free to message me.

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