Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why….. Why have I passed up this book for so many years?!?! Every bookstore, every instagram post, every bookish twitter chat, this book has been mentioned and yet I still ignored it. So what did get me to finally take the time to read this one you ask? Good ol’ Netflix. The trailer for the upcoming Netflix original based on this book is AMAZE! This is the timeline of how much the trailer convinced me to read this book:
6pm– watch trailer on Facebook. (embedded below for your viewing pleasure)
6:15 – spends the next 30 minutes reading reviews of the book and looking at the Netflix fan page.
6:50 – sets alarm in phone to remind to binge the series on March 31st
6:55– cries about not having any time to read.
7:00pm – reactivates audibles account
7:05-1:00am – listens to book. (somewhere in there gets scared of the dark like a child during Tyler’s tape). Realizes I should go to sleep because you know adulting in the AM.
1am -6am – sleeps dreaming about the book.
6am – 6pm – works while thinking about the book.
6pm – 73pm – finishes listening to the book and cries.
Now, I know what you are thinking, “she didn’t even read the book” and normally I would agree. BUT honestly, I think the BEST way to experience this book is by audio-book. You really get into the mind of Clay, listening to Hannah’s words as he does. Trust me. Even if you hate audio-books (like i do), this is the way to go. And if you have read this in the past, I challenge you to get the audio-book and experience it first hand as clay, listening to Hannah’s tapes.
So, instead of doing a full review on this book, I am just going to ask one simple thing of you, and that is to watch this:
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.
About The Author
Jay Asher’s debut YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, has appeared regularly on the New York Times bestsellers list for the past nine years. It has sold over 2.5 million copies in the United States alone and is currently in production to be a thirteen-part series on Netflix. His second YA novel, The Future of Us, was coauthored with Printz Honor winner Carolyn Mackler. He is also the author of the forthcoming What Light. His novels have been translated into thirty-five languages. Visit his blog at www.jayasher.blogspot.com and follow him on Twitter @jayasherguy.