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Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher

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When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.… (more)

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  Vishnu_VM | Sep 24, 2023 |
I watched the show before I read the book. I can say this is one of those books where you'll prefer the book over the show 1000%. The book ended where it should've and the author didn't try to drag it along unlike how the show did. book >>>> show ( )
  florrrrr12 | Aug 31, 2023 |
I finished reading "Thirteen Reasons Why", today. It was one of those stories that just rips your heart and soul out. It is the story of a young girl who commits suicide then sends a series of tapes out to thirteen people explaining why. As a teacher I can say I have seen or heard of similar situations and turned a blind eye or deaf ear. It made me realize I need to listen more and see people from the inside out. I believe every young teen should read this book because it reaches down to that spot that so many others tend to ignore. I gave this book a rating of 5 because it was that good. ( )
  skstiles612 | Jul 28, 2023 |
I might not read it in class after all. Sensitive issue, and talking about it from a literary angle might not be a good idea.
The books hammers home how easy it is for things to add up in a negative way and how easy it is to do harm to others, albeit unintentional.
It shows drastically how we are all tangled up in a mesh of independent yet interdependent social contacts that each affect us individually, but also combined. Obviously, adolescents are most heavily affected by that, as they are just figuring out where they stand and who they are.
Ultimately, it's not a question of blame so much as rather of awareness that this book raises. Awareness of the repercussions of our actions who might fall upon someone who is less stable or hard-boiled than we are. And this is done in an interesting "impossible dialogue" style and in a language that even 11th grader EFL learners can easily handle. Much better probably than the issue itself.
This book is going to have a lasting effect. This guidance counselor at the end, that could have been me. Not bad, but not good enough. Dedicated, but not conscientious enough...
  Kindlegohome | Jul 13, 2023 |
Trigger warning- depression, suicide, and date rape.
This book shook me to my core. Hannah Baker commits suicide. But before she does, she records 13 reasons on 7 cassette tapes. She sends the tapes to the first person she blames for her suicide with the instruction to send them on to the next person on the list. When Clay Jensen receives the tapes, he decides to listen to them all. Each tape is filled with ways other students effected Hannah's life and eventually her decision to take her own life. This book was hard to read at times. It is an incredibly powerful book about how one small decision and its effect on the people around us and the ripple effect our decisions have on each other- however I can recognize that this subject matter is incredibly sensitive and controversial. I have not and don't plan to watch the Netflix series. The book was enough for me. ( )
  taolson | Jul 11, 2023 |
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Clay Jensen receives a package of tapes in the mail with no return address from one of his classmates Hannah baker who had killed herself two weeks before as he struggles to hear the tapes of Hannah he also follows this map that Hannah had put in his locker a week before she committed Suicide as clay travels star to star he hears the stories of people who have hurt Hannah. And drove her to kill herself you only hear the tapes if you had something to do with it so if you don't pass the tapes on they will be release to everyone clay listens to the tapes and he fails to see who he can trust person by person clay has some type of incounterment with everyone else on the tapes and trays to help Hannah out with the last tape she couldn't get around to
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Johnstone, JoelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Sir?" she repeats. "How soon do you want it to get there?"
But if I wanted a reminder, I could’ve made copies of the tapes or saved the map. But I never want to hear those tapes again, though her voice will never leave my head. And the houses, the streets, and the high school will always be there to remind me.
I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to these tapes, you’re one of the reasons why.
I would have helped her if she’d only let me. I would have helped her because I want her to be alive.
Who am I going to see today? Besides me, eight people at this school have already listened to the tapes. Eight people, today, are waiting to see what the tapes have done to me. And over the next week or so, as the tapes move on, I’ll be doing the same to the rest of them.
''After all, how often do we get a second chance?''
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When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

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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.
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