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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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Two weeks before the events of this book, young Hannah Baker killed herself, but she left behind a sort of audio will that explained her reasons for taking her life. Each of those thirteen reasons involves cruel acts, misunderstandings, or guilty acts of omission that involve other students. Almost from the moment of its 2007 publication, Jay Asher's debut novel Thirteen Reasons Why has evoked widespread praise for its moving portrayal of the impact we have on one another's life. This international bestseller is now a paperback and a NOOKbook. (P.S. Teen sensation Selena Gomez has signed on to star in a Universal Pictures film version of this story.)

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“Heavy but compelling. . . . Asher’s novel asks us to look at how petty cruelty can deal crushing blows.” —Miami Herald

“Wonderfully realistic in his writing, Asher offers teens and parents alike a great story on an important topic.” —Green Bay Press-Gazette

“It is a brilliant debut that will leave readers feeling a sense of remorse for Hannah, guilt for Clay, and hope for the lasting lesson of the story.” —Bookazine

“Breakneck pace and dizzying emotion.” School Library Journal

“[Hannah’s] pain is gut-wrenchingly palpable. . . . Asher has created an entrancing character study and a riveting look into the psyche of someone who would make this unfortunate choice. A brilliant and mesmerizing debut from a gifted new author.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review and Editor’s Choice

“Readers won’t be able to pull themselves away.” —Publishers Weekly

“Asher's ability to convey the anguish of someone who was left behind is truly remarkable.” —Book Page

Association of Booksellers for Children’s “Best Books”
American Library Association’s “Best Books for Young Adults” and “Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers”
Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Florida Teens Read Award
California Book Award
Kentucky Bluegrass Award
Book Sense Pick
International Reading Association’s “Young Adults' Choices” Finalist
Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books”
Kansas State Reading Circle’s “Recommended Reading List”
New York Public Library’s “Book for the Teen Age”
16 State Award Master Lists

Thirteen Reasons Why is a mystery, eulogy, and ceremony. Twenty or thirty times, I snapped the book shut when a sentence, an image, or a line of dialogue was too beautiful and painful. But I, afraid and curious, would always return to this amazing book. I know, in years to come, I will often return to this book.” —Sherman Alexie, bestselling author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

“Every once in a while you come across a book that you can’t get out of your mind, one you have to rush back to if you must put it down for some reason. Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why is one of those books, and is at the very top of my personal Must-Read list.” —Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of Tricks, Identical, Crank, Burned, Impulse, and Glass

“A spectacular first novel. Jay Asher tells his story with such honesty and simplicity that the tragedy feels shatteringly real.” —Gordon Korman, author of Son of the Mob and Jake, Reinvented

...compelling reading
Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
Clay Jensen's first love records her last words. Clay 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 explains that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he will find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself, a truth he never wanted to face. What he discovers changes his life forever. This novel is the first for Jay Asher, and it is billed as a spectacular one. The reader learns that one cannot stop the future or rewind the past. This book is also billed as suspense. It may not be for everyone, and many may become bored and/or discouraged before the end, but, like other Razorbill books, it is challenging and interesting. Reviewer: Naomi Butler
Jennifer Lee
Clay receives a mysterious brown-wrapped package in the mail. When he opens it, he finds a handful of cassette tapes. After finding a cassette player (because, heck, it is 2007, who uses cassette players anymore?) he pops in cassette No. 1 and is shocked to find that his classmate, Hannah, is speaking on the tapes. . . . Hannah had killed herself just weeks before the package's arrival. As Clay listens, he finds that anyone who receives the package is one of the 13 reasons Hannah committed suicide. This page-turner will keep you up all night, as Clay pops in cassette after cassette, to find out what his role is exactly in Hannah's death. Could he really be somewhat responsible? You won't regret reading this book, and it won't take you very long. It is a fast read and will keep you on the edge of your seat, as you read on to find out more about the circumstances surrounding Hannah's death. Reviewer: Jennifer Lee
Listening to the audio cassettes found propped against his front door, Clay is shocked to hear the voice of Hannah, who killed herself two weeks earlier. On the tapes, Hannah explains why she committed suicide and how the thirteen people named in the tapes contributed to her decision to end her life. Clay learns that he is among those named. High school senior Clay is the novel's main narrator, but the story belongs to Hannah. She describes in an authentic, if overly self-aware, voice how slights and misunderstandings snowballed until she could no longer cope. Hannah's reputation is questioned, her parents are distracted by financial problems, her friends use her, and when she reaches out for help, no one steps forward. Readers will immediately identify with Hannah's experiences in high school society. From Hannah, readers realize the impact of thoughtless actions and comments. As Clay finishes Hannah's story, he becomes more perceptive and sensitive to others. Teens will embrace Asher's debut novel because it is not condescending or preachy. Sex and drugs are plot elements but are not graphically described. Short sentences make it a quick, smooth read, yet there is depth to the novel. This provocative tale touches on universal topics of interest, is genuine in its message, and would be a good choice for high school book discussions and booktalks. The attractive cover art is aimed at female readers. But because the content appeals to both genders, more readers would be drawn to the book if it featured Clay on the cover. Reviewer: Judy Sasges
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up High school senior Clay Jensen receives seven audiotapes in the mail. They contain the story of why Hannah Baker, a girl he adored, committed suicide. Each side is devoted to a person in her life and a reason for her death. Clay also has a map of places featured on the recordings. He spends a torturous night listening and wandering, unearthing the depth and causes of Hannah's unhappiness. His torment is private-how did he hurt a girl he treasured from afar-and empathic-her hurts and betrayals tear him apart. Clay's pain is palpable and exquisitely drawn in gripping, casually poetic prose. The complex and soulful characters expose astoundingly rich and singularly teenage inner lives, with emotions as raw as cut wrists. The mood is more serious than somber, and Clay's thoughtful synthesis of Hannah's increasingly explosive narrative saves the novel from melodrama. In fact, Hannah's and Clay's narratives are woven together so seamlessly that the characters appear to converse naturally from opposite sides of mortality. Compounded, the tapes build the plot in increasingly tense increments-Hannah's story is a freight train of despair and suspense that picks up speed as it moves to her final undoing. Like the protagonist in John Green's Looking for Alaska (Dutton, 2005), Hannah is an animate ghost; Clay's bereaved voice bears witness to her tragedy. The episodic structure is nicely suited to reluctant readers, but the breakneck pace and dizzying emotion are the true source of this novel's irresistible readability at all levels.-Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595141880
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 130
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay Asher

Jay Asher is the author of the young adult novels The Future Of Us and Thirteen Reasons Why. Thirteen Reasons Why, his first novel, was published in hardcover in October 2007, going on to spend sixty-five weeks on the New York Times children's hardcover bestseller list, with foreign rights into thirty-one countries and 750,000 copies currently in print in the US alone. Visit his blog at and follow him on Twitter at

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First Chapter

"Sir?" she repeats. "How soon do you want it to get there?"I rub two fingers, hard, over my left eyebrow. The throbbing has become intense. "It doesn't matter," I say.The clerk takes the package. The same shoebox that sat on my porch less than twenty-four hours ago; rewrapped in a brown paper bag, sealed with clear packing tape, exactly as I had received it. But now addressed with a new name. The next name on Hannah Baker's list."Baker's dozen," I mumble. Then I feel disgusted for even noticing it."Excuse me?"I shake my head. "How much is it?"She places the box on a rubber pad, then punches a sequence on her keypad.I set my cup of gas-station coffee on the counter and glance at the screen. I pull a few bills from my wallet, dig some coins out of my pocket, and place my money on the counter."I don't think the coffee's kicked in yet," she says. "You're missing a dollar."I hand over the extra dollar, then rub the sleep from my eyes. The coffee's lukewarm when I take a sip, making it harder to gulp down. But I need to wake up somehow.Or maybe not. Maybe it's best to get through the day half-asleep. Maybe that's the only way to get through today."It should arrive at this address tomorrow," she says. "Maybe the day after tomorrow." Then she drops the box into a cart behind her.I should have waited till after school. I should have given Jenny one final day of peace.Though she doesn't deserve it.When she gets home tomorrow, or the next day, she'll find a package on her doorstep. Or if her mom or dad or someone else gets there first, maybe she'll find it on her bed. And she'll be excited. I was excited. A package with no return address? Did they forget, or was it intentional? Maybe from a secret admirer?"Do you want your receipt?" the clerk asks.I shake my head.A small printer clicks one out anyway. I watch her tear the slip across the serrated plastic and drop it into a wastebasket.There's only one post office in town. I wonder if the same clerk helped the other people on the list, those who got this package before me. Did they keep their receipts as sick souvenirs? Tuck them in their underwear drawers? Pin them up on corkboards?I almost ask for my receipt back. I almost say, "I'm sorry, can I have it after all?" As a reminder.But if I wanted a reminder, I could've made copies of the tapes or saved the map. But I never want to hear those tapes again, though her voice will never leave my head. And the houses, the streets, and the high school will always be there to remind me.It's out of my control now. The package is on its way. I leave the post office without the receipt.Deep behind my left eyebrow, my head is still pounding. Every swallow tastes sour, and the closer I get to school, the closer I come to collapsing.I want to collapse. I want to fall on the sidewalk right there and drag myself into the ivy. Because just beyond the ivy the sidewalk curves, following the outside of the school parking lot. It cuts through the front lawn and into the main building. It leads through the front doors and turns into a hallway, which meanders between rows of lockers and classrooms on both sides, finally entering the alwaysopen door to first period.At the front of the room, facing the students, will be the desk of Mr. Porter. He'll be the last to receive a package with no return address. And in the middle of the room, one desk to the left, will be the desk of Hannah Baker.Empty.
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  • Posted June 23, 2009

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    Thirteen Reasons Why You Should Read This Book

    1. It's wonderfully written
    2. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time
    3. You'll fall in love with the characters
    4. You'll hate the antagonists of the book
    5. At the end, you'll be cheering for Clay
    6. At the end, you'll be crying for Hannah
    7. It'll give you a greater understanding of teenage suicide
    8. It's inspiring
    9. It's unforgettable
    10. At the end you'll be hungry for more
    11. It's original and, well, quite awesome
    12. You won't find books like this often
    13. What are you doing reading reviews? Read the freakin' BOOK already!

    493 out of 519 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2010

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    This book caught my interest from the first time I saw it. I finally picked it up when I saw it at the library. Within the first couple pages I was hooked. They way the author presented this story was so real. I could feel Clay's emotions as he listened to each of the tapes. I wanted to reach out to Hannah and tell her that everything was going to be okay. I've read reviews that state they felt Hannah was placing blame on those 13 people. I never felt like that through the entire story. I felt Hannah was trying to point out that a person's actions DO affect others. Rumors, lies, bullying, etc are all ways that can cut a person down. I think Hannah hoped that through the tapes, she could make someone (even just one) realize their behavior can change. I was so raw in emotion towards the end, I needed to step back from the book for awhile and reflect over it. You know the outcome of the story, but part of you hopes for that glimmer of help. Something for Hannah to reach out and hold on to. I hope this book becomes a must read for teens. I think it has a very real portrayal of suicide and that things that may drive a person to believe that it may be the only option.

    191 out of 199 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for

    I don't often write introductions to my reviews. In fact, the last time I can remember doing so was with the wonderful PUCKER by Melanie Gideon, which I read in 2006. However, THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, the debut novel from author Jay Asher, is the type of book that begs an introduction. So if you'd like to skip down to the third paragraph for the "meat" of the story, I won't hold it against you -- but you'll be missing something important. <BR/><BR/>If you have the chance to only read one novel this year, THIRTEEN REASONS WHY should be that book. It's sad, amazing, heartbreaking, and hopeful, all at the same time. I dare you to read it and not become so immersed in the story that you lose track of time and your surroundings. You'll cry, several times, while reading this story. You'll have no choice but to think about your actions, and wonder what type of effect they have on other people. And, in the end, you might also find the need to say "thank you." <BR/><BR/>Now, on to the story... <BR/><BR/>When Clay Jensen finds a package on his front porch, he's excited. A package, for him? With no return address? What could it possibly be? What Clay finds is a shoebox full of cassette tapes, each marked as "Cassette 1: Side A," "Cassette 1: Side B," etc. Of course he rushes to the old radio/cassette player in his dad's garage to check out these mysterious tapes. <BR/><BR/>And soon wishes, wholeheartedly, that he'd never picked up that stupid package from his front porch. <BR/><BR/>What he hears when he inserts that first tape is the voice of Hannah Baker. Hannah, the girl he'd crushed on for longer than he could remember. The girl he went to school with. The girl he worked at the movie theater with. The girl who had changed, drastically, in the last several months. Hannah Baker, the girl who committed suicide. <BR/><BR/>Clay soon realizes that these tapes aren't just a suicide note, aren't, really, even a clear-cut rendition of why she did what she did. Instead, these are thirteen reasons -- thirteen people, to be exact -- who created a snowball-effect of events that led Hannah to believe that suicide was her only option. But why is Clay on that list? How could he possibly be one of the reasons that she killed herself? <BR/><BR/>As the day goes on, Clay becomes obsessed with listening to the tapes. And what he hears frightens him, disturbs him, and, in the end, leads him to realizations that he never would have expected. As Clay listens to the role that thirteen people, including himself, led in the ultimate death of Hannah Baker, his view of the world, and himself, changes drastically. <BR/><BR/>You will love this book, because you won't be able to help yourself. You will feel what Clay feels. You will, in a very strong way, experience the highs and lows of Hannah's life right along with her. And there is nothing, in my opinion, that could speak better for the authenticity of a book. Read THIRTEEN REASONS WHY. And then, if you're like me, you'll read it again. And, hopefully, none of us will ever forget it.

    108 out of 126 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    Excellent Read

    I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

    83 out of 102 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    I think I was the rare person who did NOT love Thirteen Reasons Why. Unlike much of the excellent teen fiction that is being written, Thirteen Reasons Why rang false to me. The characters seemed hollow and like caricatures of real teenagers. The teens in the story acted like an adult's idea of how teenagers act. Worst of all, there is no sympathy to be found for the subject of the book, Hannah Baker, who killed herself and left behind tapes detailing why for those people who made her miserable. She came off perhaps worst of all the characters in the boo -- she seems petty and vindictive, having left tapes telling people that she killed herself because of them. We at least get to witness some of these characters experiencing remorse.

    Perhaps the flattening of Hannah Baker's character is an affect of the fact that she is already dead when the book begins. We only know of her what she recorded on these tapes, but what is there isn't flattering. Hannah is the ultimate passive-aggressive, not really doing anything to help her cause. This book didn't make me feel anything but annoyance, and I would recommend many other teen titles before this one.

    83 out of 212 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2010

    As a mom...

    I could only hope that every person in this world would read this and learn from it. It IS everything that i try to express to my girls every day.. this world is NOT just about us, its about each and every person out there that we encounter daily as well and how we go about ourselves within our world!

    48 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

    A Student Review

    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher deserves a five star review. Asher did an excellent job putting a twist of realism into the novel. So real, it was almost eerie. Hannah Baker was an average high school student who unfortunately suffered through a horrible year. She describes it as a "snowball effect" which I found very interesting. Small tragedies started the snowball...then bigger ones resulting from the smaller...and even larger ones from the past. All of these occurences or "snowballs" soon became overwhelming and Hannah came to the decision of suicide. She left behind tapes that included the snowballs and the reasons behind her decision. As I read this book and "listened" to Hannah's tapes, I felt as if I was another name on her list, listening to her story. I was unable to put this book down, it was a thrilling emotional rollercoaster. As I read, I wanted to yell at Hannah and all of the other names on the list. I became connected with Hannah and even though I knew she was going to kill herself, I prayed and hoped that she wouldn't. Hoping maybe, just maybe she'd change her mind at the end. But no, if she wouldn't have committed suicide, this book would not have had the effect it did on me. The style which this book was written was very creative and intriguing. Jay Asher is a brilliant Author and I will deffinitley be checking out more of his work.

    41 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2009

    5 star book

    I had to read this book for school and was hooked by the very beginning. The issue of suicide greatly affects teens. Thirteen Reasons Why helps people realize what you do and say to people affects them. Also, what you do not do or say does too.

    38 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

    oh wow.

    When I first saw this book, I thought it would be really good. But after the first 3 tapes, it just dragged on and on. She killed herself without even a good reason. She had lots of friends, her parents loved her, she had a boy who liked her. Yeah she was teased a little about being a slut, but alot of people are. It's such a ridiculous reason.

    35 out of 123 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Do Not Waste Your Time!

    This book is one of the few books that have made me very mad when I finished reading. The girl, Hannah, is a whiny little teenager that didn't feel like talking to anyone about her problems, and decides to take it out on the people who have "wronged" her, even if it was as simple as spreading a rumor about her. I firmly believe that there is no reason for one to take their own life, and the 13 reasons why she did so were ridiculous and could have been helped if she had talked to someone, but she chose not to. I read this book in 9 hours, and I still wish I could regain those 9 hours of my life back.

    28 out of 96 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

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    At a loss of words!

    This book deserves an award or something. Its so realistically told that it makes you feel like your actually living through the characters (of both Hannah and Clay). This book... im at a loss of words... i feel that no matter how i describe this book, I wont be able to fully descirde my feelings towards it. Everyone (id say bout 8th grade and +), read this, you wont regret it, its a beautiful story.

    25 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    Should have known better

    I've been avoiding young-adult books for a while, even though I'm one myself. Most young-adult books consist of vampires and melodrama. I thought this one would be different since it dealt with something so horrible: suicide. I hoped that it would be different from most teen books I've been reading. I was wrong.

    I just became increasingly aggravated when reading this. The girl who killed herself, Hannah, was very annoying and hypocritical. Parts of the book just contradicted itself. This girl wanted to be kissed. A lot of boys asked for her number, but she waited until high school to give it to one boy. Then she complains about how she never been kissed and all of her friends were kissed before her. She had all those chances, why did she wait for one insignifact boy who ended up spreading a rumor about her?

    The reasons were just plain unrealistic. Why was everyone so interested in her? She wasn't the only new girl in town, and according to her not the prettiest, so why were there all these rumors about her? It just doesn't make sense. And these reasons... Everyone has been teased, it's not a reason to kill yourself. Unfortunately, some teenagers do kill themselves over such treatment. I have to argue, though, that their taunting was far worse.

    My friend's brother committed suicide last year. His parents were rough on him and he was harrassed at school for being slow. He had mental problems, but his parents did nothing about it. He hung himself. We were expecting it, even though we tried our best. It's difficult to stop someone from killing themselves. That's why when I read the last reason about the teacher, I nearly burst. What was he supposed to do? He tried his best.

    Clay's reason was annoying too. She went ballistic and told him to leave, and then gets upset because he listened to her? Basically, Hannah is very selfish and ridculous. She had friends, family, and just because some minor things hampered her relationships with them, does not give her any reason to overdose.

    The writing was redundant and annoying, and I found myself rolling my eyes at some sentences. All in all, I shouldn't have bought the book.

    23 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

    13 Reasons Why

    When I saw this on the shelves, I noticed it right away. When I read the back cover, it sounded very interesting.

    This book is definitely a reread. I would also recommend this book to my friends and family. I felt like I was there, listening to the tapes. I also felt I was in Hannah's shoes. I could feel her pain. This book didn't make me cry, but I did say "oh my god!" and "wow..." a lot.

    21 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012


    Wow!! That was great! That is what i thought at the end of this book. I saw the cover of it at hastings and i had to have it!! Then, after thinking a little more about all the reasons why she killed nerself, i wanted to hurl that book across the room. (SPOILERS) ok so a couple of people call you a slut and a guy peeks in your window. The guy peeking at you is a little creepy but the other crap?? Come on hannah!! And if a guy tries to touch you then hit him in the nutsack and run like hell not kill yourself!! I found this novel very aggrivating!! When i thought a little more about how she kills herself and then makes people listen to her saddictive tapes about why she killed herself, i was like why in gods name have i purchased such a crappy book?? Oh and when she actually searches for a reason not to kill neeself, she talks to a teacher about a boy hurting her and then walks away after five flipping minutes because she didnt like what she heard. I know all the other reviews say oh this book was so amazing and it was the best book ever and blah blah blah but ignore the crap out of them and DO NOT PURCHASE THIS BOOK. It will be a colossal waste of time and money

    15 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Parents BEWARE of the purchase of this book!

    The subject /idea of the book was intriguing but it ultimatly did not land as planned. In these days where teenagers are suicide trending this book shows exactly how stupid these kids are for doing so. Nothing in this BORING book was suicide worthy. NOT one thing. Hannah turned out to be the worst character with her vindictivness as she set about blackmailing and traumatizing 13 other kids for being KIDS. It shows how she set herself up over and over again . She never once talked to her family or try to get help for her feelings and she was ashamed of each of her actions and instead try to change things , she felt commiting suicide to "get their attention" to force them to change was the right thing to do. What was this book about? This book is a slow ticking bomb waiting to fall into the wrong suicidal teens hand. Everything made her want to die, a word ,a look . She needed better parents just like every other suicide teen thats killed themselves in the past 4 years. They need to change schools and stop being so damn sensitive. Suicide is a permanent solution to a TEMPORARY problem. They need to calm their hormones and their parents NEED to get involved. Change schools ,Punch someone in the face, REBEL OR START RUMORS ON THE ONE WHO PASSED THEM ON YOU. Don't KILL yourself! Idiot! So what u got called a slut don't do slutty things like sneak out late at night and make out with some jerk you don't even know ...DUH If you do it them own llllllllllllllllllllit. And it was your choice so own up to it don't go slice your wrist or jump off a bridge cuz u made a mistake! This book is the teen world today , it really is. Like blackmailing and traumatizing 13 others for little truly insignificant things because it made YOU suicidal. like that was the right thing to do. This is a terrible book. Don't let your kids read this stupid crap because one of these idiots will think its a good idea.

    13 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2010

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    Suspenseful, and emotional. A great read.

    I'd heard a lot about the book before I decided I wanted to read it. I heard from friends that it was a great book but as usual it takes me a while to really listen to them. I was in english class and I noticed my english teacher had a couple copies of it in her room. So i figured I would read it. As I first started the book it was a really interesting plot. I think we all wonder if we know someone like Hannah. Someone who's dealt with so much in life that they are almost snapped. It's great to see how Hannah feels about things. I don't believe that Hannah is really blaming anyone. I just think she's saying how people can't really help her and that people did make her feel really overwhelmed and made her feel pain. I think she knows that it was the way she felt about life that caused her to end her life and not everyone else. With the emotions that Clay was obviously feeling, and how strong the tapes were and how emotional they were it really got me thinking. Thinking about life and about how I treat people. The book is an emotional ride and it kind of teaches you lessons on life and on people.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2010

    A lesson for high school students

    Reading this book as an adult, everyone can look back and remember their experiences in high school and how they affected us. Jay Asher does a wonderful job in telling Hannah's emotional journey to her breaking point, when she just could not take any more. I believe this book should be required reading at the high school level to make students think before they say anything about their classmates. I would recommend this book to all ages, it is suspenseful, powerful and unforgettable.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    this was probably the worst book i have ever read. i'm going to

    this was probably the worst book i have ever read. i'm going to kill myself because this kid was looking through my window and taking pictures. let's all cry about it. or oh my teacher or whoever it was can go to hell because he didn't stop me when really it was my choice if i wanted to leave or not. give me a break. you must think you're queen Latifah or something if you think someones going to chase you down after being a complete snob. really i was all excited to reed this book and i am very let down

    12 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012


    Three words... READ. THIS. BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012


    I read the sample on the nook. I was eager too keep going but but it wouldnt let me read even the first page. I want to read it so badly!! I have heard only good reviews about it.

    10 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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