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Content Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Age of Main Character:  17
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; Later Printing edition (October 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595141715

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers 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.

Sexual Content:



-Descriptions of possible ways to commit suicide
-Rape (see sexual content)

Other Notables:

-Lying to parents
-Several mentions of parties with drinking, making out and sex

Was it any good?

It was a difficult issue, but I thought it was very well written and I'm glad I read it.  It really held my interest, as it was written kind of like a mystery.  You know the end result, but you don't know the pieces to the puzzle.  I would definitely read it again!  Blog Review