Book Name: 13 Reasons Why
Author Name: Jay Asher
Publisher Name: Razorbill
No. of Pages: 336
Year of Publication: 2011
About The Book:
Thirteen Reasons Why is a young-adult fiction novel about a guy named Clay Jensen who discovers that he was one of the thirteen reasons why his classmate and crush, Hannah Baker, committed suicide.
The book begins with Clay getting home from school one day to find a package on his porch that is addressed to him from an anonymous person. He opens it and finds a shoe box with seven cassettes recorded by Hannah, in which she reveals names of all the people and the reasons for her suicide. From the cassettes, Clay gets to know and feel the pain Hannah that went through. he finds out how, unintentionally, a bunch of people including himself led to her taking her own life.
About The Author:
Jay Asher is a 39-year old famous American author who is popular for his teen novels. He went to college in Cuesta Community College, where he wrote two children's books for a class called Children's Literature Appreciation. These were his first attempts at writing and though he had decided to become an elementary school teacher, he later made up his mind to become a professional writer.
A few of the books he has authored and coauthored are the Future of Us, Positive: A Memoir, Love in Progress, Brighton Beach Murder and Gay Experiences 4 Short Stories, 4 Plays. Jay Asher has been married to Joan Marie since 2002.
I read 13 Reasons Why a long time ago and never really got around to reviewing the book. This was mainly because I have just been too caught up with my own little world, trying to come up with the perfect story. When I reminded that no story is actually perfect. And with every story I read, I seem to lose a piece of my soul. I don’t quite remember how to stumbled across the YA genre but it’s a genre I can never outgrow. Even if I pick up novels targeted at adults, I will always keep coming back to this genre.
If I remember correctly I read 13 Reasons Why almost two years ago, when I first got my Nook Book and I decided that I simply had to binge watch the novels that had been suggested by my fellow bookworm, Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay.
I loved the concept of using a cassette player because that was something which we’d grown up with. Somehow the whole impact of story would have been lost had Hannah tried to record podcasts. I loved how the whole story takes place over the course of one night and in that one night, Clay’s perspective of the classmate on whom he had had harbored a crush is completely destroyed and build back up again.
The book reinforces the idea that it is very easy to kick someone when they’re already down and that to group together and bully someone isn’t an act of bravery. It’s an act of completely cowardice. It touches upon important subjects such as teen suicide and how one of the leading factors of this decision is peer pressure and bullying: both mental and physical.
It is a very well told tale and it has been picked up my Netflix to be made into a 13-episode series. Given that it is called, 13 Reasons Why, I’m very excited to see it. Aren’t you?
In case you have not read this book yet, do pick it up! You don’t be disappointed but you will be heartbroken for quite some time.