Thirteen Reasons Why, J. Asher (Penguin UK)
Page number: 288
Release Date: Septembre 2009
Themes: Suicide – Teenage years – Life lessons – Betrayal – Revelations – Suspension
You can’t ⏹ the future. You can’t ⏪ the past. The only way to learn the secret … is to press ▶️.
Clay Jensen return home to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
Hannah’s voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
All through the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovers changes his life …
At the beginning, I hesitated a bit to read this book. Indeed, the subject of mental health problem is not broached with a funny way, in fact, all this story start because a girl kills herself. However, I am happy to have read this book because it explains how she decide to be dead.
The author divided the book into different little stories which make a big thing. All of these stories are cassette tapes where Hannah recorded her story. Even if the stories are the main things in the book, we have an explanation about what happen when Clay is listening to the different cassettes. So we can see how he reacts on this tapes, but also what he thinks of the stories. At the same time that you read the book, you can see a difference between the beginning and the end of it. The beginning is a innocent and innocuous thing, but it swiftly became a big tsunami which destroys everything around him.
Moreover, you can see that all of the stories have an impact on the life of Hannah, in general, a bad one, even sometimes when you think that is ridiculous or nothing wrong, for her it add another pill in her hand. When the big story is beginning you see how the personality of Clay is; a good boy, calm, helpful, even in the little stories you can see that. At the same time, you know how he became at the listening of this tapes; more stressed, not sure about himself and he wants to know in which tape Hannah talks about him and if it is in a good way or in a bad way. As the story continue you understand that there is not only one reason but a lot. Also, you can see that it is sometimes important to ponder about the consequence of your action. In fact, for some people, nothing will change, but for others, it will be hard and just add another negative thing for them. The book changes Clay, but it changes us too because you more and pay more attention when you are with other people.
Conclusion: One of my favourite book of 2017, sometimes a little harsh to read because of the subject but an excellent one. I think it is better to read it in a peaceful place with music.