There are certain books that I automatically recommend when someone asks me what they should read next, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is always at the top of my list. Right before she kills herself, Hannah Baker mails a set of cassette tapes to be passed along among a select group of people. The cassettes contain the thirteen reasons why she chose to end her life, and Clay, who receives the box at the start of this haunting novel, is shocked to learn he’s one of her reasons as he loved her from afar. Told in dual first person narratives, Clay can only listen to Hannah’s voice through his headphones as her story unfolds, unable to do anything to prevent its tragic ending. Her story is a cautionary tale for readers and for Clay that everything affects everything. While the majority of the reasons seem like small issues, together the create a snowball effect that sends Hannah flying off the ledge. Clay is left with the realization that if one person would have reached out to Hannah she may still be alive. The book does not glorify suicide, but rather shows the painful fallout from this unnecessary choice and how people’s choices affect others. Making readers think about how their actions impact those around them, Thirteen Reasons Why shows us all how one small action has the power to possibly save someone’s life with out him or her even knowing it.
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