Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher (Author)

Thirteen Reasons Why
Penguin Random House Children's UK
United Kingdom
16 September 2009

Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher (Author)

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 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.

Hannah’s voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself and 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… Forever.


16- year old Clay Jensen finds a shoebox containing a map and seven audio tapes on his doorstep. The tapes were recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate. Hannah is dead - she committed suicide two weeks earlier. In one night, listening to Hannah’s voice and following her directions through town, Clay discovers the thirteen reasons that led to her death - and why he is one of them.

This book is fast-paced and gripping, Hannah’s laconic, eerie voice is haunting - but rather than exploit the difficult topic of teen suicide for the purposes of writing a ‘suspense novel’, Asher does it considerate justice by writing credibly and authentically, with a fitting sense of urgency and sadness. Hannah speaks frankly, in brief anecdotes, about depression, bitching, backstabbing, sexual pressure, and their dangerous potency to set off severe, unforeseen reactions.

A bestseller in the US, this novel will give its readers plenty to think about.

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