I have watched the series on Netflix about this book, at the time I didn’t know there was a book so after finishing the series I had to find out about this book and if it was as good as the series. Anyway, it is time for a review.
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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I knew what the story of the book was going to be about before I started reading but I do enjoy reading a book after a movie or a TV show as I like being able to compare and finding out which one is better.
When reading the book you are thrown right into the deep end and finding out that Hannah has killed herself and it is somehow Clays fault that she has as well as 10 other people. It means Clay needs to find out what he did as in his mind he cant think of anything he did wrong as whenever she said to do something he did it like any person did. It is during the night that we find out more about Clay as a person as well as all the horrible things that did happen to Hannah to cause her to do what she did. The journey is very emotional and if you cry at things easily then this is probably going to make you cry especially when you find out more about the relationship between Clay and Hannah.
One thing I didn’t like about the book is how many times Hannah will repeat herself in a tape and go over the same topic again and again, I know that some of the things that did happen are simply horrible and the person who did the crime needs to be reminded of what they did and what their actions caused but the number of times that she repeats this in one or multiple tapes just makes for a boring read.
I do wish that the author went into more detail with some parts of the book as it gets to be very vague of what had happened and it does require some guess work to be able to figure what had happened to Hannah. Some people will probably really like this but for me I think it is lazy writing, I want to know what happened not for me to have to guess half of what the author is trying to put down especially in a book this serious.
Overall the book is good but not great, and if I read the book before the show then I don’t think I would of watched the show. This is one of the those occasions where I recommend that people watch the show over the book as the show is a lot better as it goes into more detail and really address the suicide part of the book a lot more.
If you want to buy the book then here is an amazon link for you: 13 Reasons Why