Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher

Posted February 5th, 2011 by xgina

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The book Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher is absolutely amazing. When I began the book, I was quite confused. Although, I quickly adapted to the author’s style. Hannah Baker, a suicide victim, recorded cassette tapes and allowed them to be distributed among her peers who contributed to her death. Clay, the protagonist and narrator of the novel struggles to cope with what he is hearing. Although I have never imagined myself in a similar situation, I could easily relate to both characters. I found the novel comforting as it described incidents many teenagers have or will experience. It taught me to be aware of my surroundings and how my actions may affect others. A quote from the book: “No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.” Unfortunately, I did not find the ending of the book quite satisfying. Without giving away the secret, I’ll explain that the ending was not written as strongly as the content in the book. The author could of chosen an alternate way of closing, as the chosen was not its strongest. Although, it does send a great message to the readers. Do not be discouraged to read this book, as I can promise it will affect you in a positive way. The message sent is so strong that readers of all ages could benefit from it.  I also believe it helps inform readers about suicide.


My name is Gina and I'm 14 years old. As an honors student, I particularly pleasure reading and writing. Numerous hours a week, I dedicate myself to an immense assortment of books. I am very opinionated and extremely particular to the level of writing in which the book was written. I prefer advanced novels with an array of literary techniques that could aid in sharpening my own writing. I am very fond of the work of Laurie Halse Anderson and Kevin Brooks. I take great pride in my writing skills and intend to have a career in which they would be displayed to their fullest potential. With the intent of being a reviewer on this website, I will genuinely describe my thoughts regarding the books I read. I would appreciate if my pay could be awarded to me in the form of a check.

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3 Responses to “Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher”

  1. Jacob

    This book sounds pretty good, but I probably won’t read it. I don’t like depressing books. Do you think it’s really that good? I mean, does the depressing factor overshadow the awesome factor?

  2. xgina

    I absolutely believe that this book is worthy of reading!

  3. Liz Arvanitis

    gina im so proud of you. great book. and you sound like a genius smarty pants. just saying. you crack me up lil mami. :) sincerely your biggest fan and partner in crime. lizard

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