October 18, 2007
Young Adult | Contemporary
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Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
Warning: I hated this book. I cuss in my review. If that isn't your thing, skip it. kthx.
Review:I have a huge problem with this book. A HUGE ONE. This book is rather sexist. Hannah Moskowitz's review sums up everything I hated about this book. I would rather this book be reversed in the gender roles, so it was a boy who killed himself, not a girl. But... would people buy that? And YES, IT IS A COMPLETE cop-out for having Clay, the narrator, DO NOTHING WRONG.
BULL. SHIT. If he's on the list of reasons why Hannah killed himself, he. should. have. done. something. Argh. That pisses me off. Am I supposed to believe that Clay did NOTHING to screw up Hannah and make her want to kill herself? Really? REALLY?
I hated that Clay kept lying to his mother, and that his mother kept trying to believe it was the truth. Yes, I know teenagers lie--I was one of them--but my mother NEVER let me get away with the stupid lies he says ("working on a school project," "have to stay out late for my school project," etc.) She would have told me to get my ass home and work on it there.
I hated that it kept flipping back and forth between the narrator. Hannah would be talking, and Clay would have inner monologue between every sentence of Hannah's, or he'll say where he was, etc. I ended up SKIPPING Clay's lines just so I could focus on what Hannah was saying. It was distracting and pulled me out of the story so many freaking times I wanted to stab something.
This book is compelling--I'll give it a star for that. It kept me hooked and I read over half of it last night and I actually had to put it down because my head was swimming and my eyes were blurry. I needed sleep. And then after class today, I picked it up and finished it and now I need to take a shower. I am disgusted and frustrated with this book. I am tired of people thinking girls will kill themselves over GUYS BEING MEAN TO HER. And you know what, some girls probably do. But this is such a cliched, stereotyped book that it makes me want to hurl.
Hannah's reasoning behind her suicide makes me so angry. It all started when somebody spread a rumor about her... then she ended up on the "best ass" list... and she is getting a reputation. Oh, give me a break. As somebody who has a disgusting reputation about her, I kept my chin up and ignored everybody. If somebody grabbed my ass, I would turn around and punch them. I would tell them to keep their hands off of me. I suffered through high school because damnit, I KNOW it's the worst time of your life. But you do not kill yourself because a couple of guys decide to spread rumors about you. Shit, girl, OWN IT. Pretend that it doesn't bother you or for god's sake, flaunt your ass. It's four years, maybe more or less, but in the end, you'll graduate and won't have to see those idiots again. It's up to you. And I am not a happy camper with you right now, Hannah. Your reasons suck. Go turn around in your grave and ignore me and everybody else who hate your reasons.
I hate the one person Hannah talked to about ending her life. I hate that s/he let her walk away. Just NO. NOOOO. You run after her. You have her talk to you. You TRY to get her to see that her life is worth living, because if you don’t, her blood is on your hands. YOUR. HANDS. You are guilty.
I see why people like this book—it’ll definitely change the way I view the world, but I’m so disgusted and frustrated right now that all I really want to do is throw the book across the room, but it’s a library book. Le sigh. I just wish her reasons had been different, that Clay had done something to fuck her up more, and blah. It just… argh. No. I hated this book. It’s compelling and addictive, but I did not like it one bit.