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Thirteen Reasons Why


Olivia Meylor

on 12 April 2010

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Thirteen Reasons Why
By: Jay Asher
One day after school, Clay Jensen returned home to find a package propped up against his front door with no return address. Out of curiosity, Clay picks up the heavy box and gently opens it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes. With the cassette tapes being so outdated, Clay has trouble finding a way to listen to them. He then remembers that his good friend Tony owns a walkman, he walks to his house and takes the cassette player without permission.
He puts in the first tape, and he hears silence, and then a voice appears. It starts out as a soft voice that’s unrecognizable, as she continues her story it becomes very familiar, a voice he has heard several times, a voice that he will never hear again, Hannah Baker.
Into her introduction, Hannah tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life, and Clay is one of them. Enclosed with the tapes is a map, where Hannah has starred the important places that had made her decide her fate. He spends his night on a journey around town with Hannah as his tour guide.
He listens to every single tape--Tape number 1 through tape number 13. As she explains her story about every rumor, every boy, every friend, and all the violence that has broke her down to pieces, he realizes her pain.
He was afraid to listen to his part of the tape but he reluctantly started listening to his story. Hannah described how happy she was when she was with Clay at that party, but sad to know he left her when she pushed him away. Clay swore she wanted him to leave her alone but that was when she really needed him, someone she could trust and someone she could be happy with.
After coming to terms with Hannah’s death, Clay finally has the strength to but her death behind him.
In my book Thriteen Reasons Why, Clay Jensen is one the main character. He is a 17 year old, good looking, humble guy. He is smart and has a good mind set. When I read this book i pictured Clay looking like Jake Gyllenhal. They both seem to have something in common. From the parts Jake plays in his movies, he always seems to have all the same qualities as Clay. Not only do they have the same qualities inside, they seem to have to same looks, at least from my point of view.
Hannah Baker is the other main character in my book Thirteen Reasosns Why. she is also 17 years old and is in the same grade as Clay. She is very pretty, liked by all the guys, and is popular. She has many friends, but yet there are alot of people that don't like her. Her life before her suicide is surrounded by partying. While reading this book, I imagined Hannah looking like Blake Lively. Not only do they share the same looks, they seem to share the same personality. Just like Blake in Gossip GIrl, Serena--her stage name--people are jealous of Hannah for her looks, but yet her haters don't just dislike her for her looks, for other things she does too.
He may not be mentioned
as much in the book but Clay's
best friend Tony made a big impact
on Clay when Hannah decided to
commit suicide. He was also one of
the thirteen people on the list who
recieved the tapes. Tony helped Clay
accept the fact that Hannah was gone,
and that It wasn't Clays fault.
" A mystery, Eulogy,
and a Ceremony."
-Sherman Alexie
"You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything"
-Jay Asher
"I hope you're ready, because I'm about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why."
-Hannah Baker
"A flood of emotions rushes into me. Pain and anger. Sadness and pity. But most surprising of all, hope."
-Clay Jensen
I definitely recomend this book, there isn't
one part that leaves you uninterested. This book talks about real life issues that many people could relate too. It isn't sugar coated, it's a genuine story that probably has happened to many people or people around them. Each one of Hannah's storys keeps you turning the page, they're very detailed and well written, as if the each story was real. Not only do you enjoy reading it, it also opens your eyes to the suicide issue. You finish off with a great book and a good life lesson.
"Every once in awhile you come across a book that you can't get out of your mind, one you have to rush back to if you must put it down for some reason. Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why is one of those books, and is at the very top of my personal "Must-Read" list."
- Ellen Hopkins
"A spectacular first novel. Jay Asher tells his story with such honesty and simplicity that the tragedy feels shatteringly real."
-Gordon Kormann
"Very clever premise, strong voice, perfect suspense. This one will keep you reading. Jay Asher is a fine storyteller."
-Chirs Crutcher
"In the end....everything matters."
- Jay Asher
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