Book Review | Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

13Thirteen Reasons Why is a book with a unique and interesting premise. High school student Hannah Baker, fed up with the trials and tribulations of life, commits suicide – but not before making 13 audio tapes explaining her reasons why. 13 people are involved in these tapes and after each one listens to them, they are instructed to send the tapes to the next person on the list.

The book focuses on the one evening that her first love listens to the tapes. He walks through their town, visiting the places she’s talking about, filled with rage, remorse and sadness.

Unfortunately, this ended up being one of the most disappointing books I’ve read. I checked out the reviews on Amazon and am shocked that it ended up with an average of 4.5/5 stars.

The writing is clumsy, dull and extremely redundant. I will never forget that the girl who killed herself was named Hannah Baker, because Mr. Asher felt the need to use her full name roughly every other sentence.

Her reasons for killing herself ended up being ridiculously shallow. Now, I am well versed in the reality of a depressed and suicidal mind. I know that many who kill themselves aren’t particularly sad, don’t really have a ‘good’ reason to do what they do and are actually just sick and need help.

But this… clearly it was supposed to be very profound and moving. Clearly Mr. Asher wanted to write some kind of expose into the bullshit of high school, into the reality of bullying and how serious seemingly unimportant issues can feel when you’re in high school.

In my opinion, he failed. He failed to make Hannah Baker likeable, realistic or interesting. Oh no, a boy didn’t like me. Oh no, people spread rumors. I spent half of this book rolling my eyes and wanting to slap Mr. Asher for failing so hard at what could have been a truly interesting, thought-provoking and poignant book.

Currently reading: What Was Lost – Catherine O’Flynn

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