Th1rteen R3asons Why – Book review

I read a novel by Jay Asher, an author whose books I`ve never heard of before a long time ago. I think I came across his name when I was looking at novels by some of my favorite authors. After I found his name, I checked for the synopsis of the book first on Amazon along with the price. It was pretty reasonable and very intriguing. But, I didn’t order that book immediately. I needed to check out public reviews, which I advise you not to depend on all the time. We will get back to that later. 

 

Synopsis: (goodreads)

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 learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

How did I get to know about the book? 

 

I follow many accounts on Instagram whose posts revolve around the world of books, specifically, book addicts. The last time I took advice from an unknown reader, I regretted my decision. It was kind of a waste of money. Anyways, back to the book, one of these random accounts had posted an image of this novel by Jay Asher and written a long description. After reading the description, I made up my mind. I wanted this book. 

Why I wanted this book? 

I wanted to know why the character killed herself. Sorry, this wasn’t a spoiler it’s mentioned in the synopsis of the book. Plus, the author of the book is a blogger and has written only one more novel other than this, and this novel won him many awards and recognition as well. Now, I don’t say that all the books which have won public attention and praise are all good. They must be, in their own way depending on which genre they belong to, but let’s not get into that. 

 

How did I understand what I didn’t understand in the book? 

Now, here and there I didn’t understand a few things. Like, what exactly is the author trying to say? I know I should’ve waited until the last chapter, because the answer was already waiting for me but being the impatient person that I am, halfway through the book I preferred googling, again. This time for a different purpose.

Why do I recommend this book to you? 

The book has a very strong message. Every chapter forces the reader to think in two ways. It shines a bright light on the problem many students face but barely speak about thinking there is no way out. BULLYING. Also, in the book the character doesn’t blame others but if it weren’t for them and the way they treated her, maybe she would’ve never considered the idea of committing suicide. 

The book puts forth so many beautiful thoughts that one can never forget.

Buy the book, you won’t regret it. 

The Netflix series disappointed me when season 2 started. It had some horrific scenes. Season 1 stuck to the rules of the book, whereas season 2 took a whole different route. 

 

X Happy Reading, folks! X

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