Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Hello, boys and girls. Hannah Baker here. Live and in stereo.
I don’t believe it.
No return engagements. No encore. And this time, absolutely no requests.
No, I don’t believe it. Hannah Baker killed herself.
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.
What? No!
(Asher, Jay. Thirteen Reasons Why
. New York: Penguin, 2007.)
Read an Excerpt

Clay Jensen receives a box of cassette tapes in the mail–a recorded life story of Hannah Baker, a girl who just committed suicide. And every person listening to the tapes…they were a reason why she died.

I know it’s not my usual day for reviews. And if you’ve been watching my “currently reading”, it’s been saying I was reading THE THIEF. But this book was so good that I had to do things out of order. My reaction when I finished this book?


This book blew me out of the water. And my way of thinking has totally shifted. I wish I could’ve read this book when I was fourteen instead of twenty-four, because my 14-year-old self needed this book. I could’ve been such a better person because of it.

Some people might be turned off because it’s about suicide. Ok, some

As I read, I couldn’t help thinking about the people I effected when I was in middle school and high school. I wasn’t always a nice person. I did and said things that I’m not proud of. And guaranteed, it changed someone’s life. Maybe in just a small way. But there were consequences. And maybe those small things led to bigger things. I can’t know.

I think that every teen should read this book. I’d even recommend it to tweens, starting at age 12, but the subject matter may be a little too much for some 12-year-olds. But seriously, guys or girls 14 and up–read it! It’s such a powerful story. I loved it.


Author connect: Website | Blog | MySpace |
Sequels: None
Similar books: anything by Carol Lynch Williams or Ann Dee Ellis


*for writers*

Agent: Laura Rennert with Andrea Brown Literary Agency

A Page from Jay Asher’s Book: One of the greatest things about this book is he was writing about universal teenage problems. He seemed very connected to how teens think and feel. If you feel like you’re losing touch, find a way to reconnect with your teen audience–read your old diaries, interact with teens, and read all the teen books you can.


About Karen Krueger

I write for teens when I'm not chasing after two cute kids. I love to sing and eat cereal (though not at the same time), and I most certainly am not a vampire because I'm addicted to sunshine.
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One Response to Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

  1. Thanks for this review. I’ve heard a lot about this book, but wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it. You’ve made me want to go find a copy. Thanks!

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