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“Eerie, beautiful, and devastating.” — Chicago Tribune

“A stealthy hit with staying power. . . . thriller-like pacing.” — The New York Times

Thirteen Reasons Why will leave you with chills long after you have finished reading.” —Amber Gibson, NPR’s “All Things Considered”

You can’t stop the future.

You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on October 18, 2007 by Razorbill
ISBN-10: 1595141715
ISBN-13: 9781595141712
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  • angelay
    angelayThursday, February 25, 2016 at 5:05 am33 starsFeatured
    This book isn’t as good as I think it is for one main reason - it sort of glamorises suicide. Although there are a lot of good descriptions and parts of the book that I liked, the different point of views made me very confused as to whose thoughts they were about. Although the characters were quite alright, Hannah was the most unreal one to me, and that’s because she killed herself just for the sake of getting sick revenge. However I think that the book is realistic though, because most teenagers are very sensitive and can be hurt by just a little joke. So Hannah didn’t really get tormented to the point of suicide in a really horrible revolting, this made the book a bit more realistic. Again, I think that Hannah was really the main character in the story and she just sounded so angry and bitter (maybe that’s cause she was about to commit suicide) but it just made the story seem a bit more unrealistic to me. I would give this book 3/5 stars, I just don’t understand all the hype about it.
    • djgirl
      djgirlFriday, February 12, 2016 at 8:38 am
      This theme is kinda dark but its worth it because the plot is so good.
      • 13ao
        13aoMonday, November 23, 2015 at 10:02 am
        i want to read this book
        • Gabbyb6Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 5:48 am
          I loved this book, it's one of those that I can't put down. I have so many emotions throughout the book, it feels like I'm with the character as I'm reading along. This book is great about telling others about suicide and and how we should help others who look like they are in need of someone to talk to.
          • cdillon
            Mr. DillonSunday, August 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm44 stars
            A great read about suicide, guilt, and the small things we do that impact others' lives. A little bit fake with her voice on the tapes, but other than that a great read.
            • sadier
              sadierMonday, August 10, 2015 at 8:24 am
              so sad but also very good. would absolutely read this again.
              • bigmelo
                bigmeloMonday, August 3, 2015 at 5:37 pm55 stars
                I've heard that this is a really emotional book! Well, if I read it, I'll probably start crying... ;)
                • borntoswim
                  borntoswimMonday, August 3, 2015 at 12:25 pm55 starsFeatured
                  I think this book is a great read for anyone who likes thriller and mystery novels. The impeccable writing makes the reader feel like they are taking the journey with the main character, Clay Jensen, and going on this emotional roller coaster with him. I would advise older kids to read this book, because it deals with mature themes like suicide and self-harm. One of the best parts of the book, is that it spreads awareness about suicide and helps the reader identify clues of a person who is thinking of committing suicide.
                  • annmarie10
                    annmarie10Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 1:13 pm44 stars
                    it was kind of confusing but it was very good
                    • girl_gamer
                      girl_gamerMonday, March 23, 2015 at 12:45 pm
                      This book is awesome and sad at the same time👍