*This post may contain affiliate linksAuthor: Jay Asher
Genre: Young Adult / Realistic Fiction / Mental Health
Publication Date: 27th December 2016
Stand Alone/Series: Stand alone
Pages: 336 pages
First Lines: "Sir?" she repeats. "How soon do you want it to get there?"
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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.
I did watch the tv show first. See here for the quickie review on the tv show! Part of me always likes to read the book first. You get so much more out of books than movies / Tv Shows! The book is obviously different as well, because a tv show tailors to a wider audience of both readers and non -readers.
First thing: the way Hannah chooses to go is different. I'm not going to say how because I don't want to ruin it for you but that's the first thing. The other part is Clay listens to all the tapes in one night in the book as opposed to dragging it out in the tv show. For the book, I think it was a better choice to have it play out in one night otherwise the book would have dragged on and became boring.
When the tapes begin in the book, I could hear Hannah Bakers voice from the show, because the tapes in the book seemed word for word. It was good! Though I can't help comparing the tv show to the book, I did like tv Hannah Baker that little bit more.
For me, I put the book down about halfway through. I'm not sure whether it was because I knew how it was going to end, or whether I lost interest a little bit. I'd like to think it was the first reason. Obviously I did pick it up but there was a moment where I didn't think I was going to finish it. I'm glad I did though.
Like the tv show, and most of you, I was itching to get to Clay's tape. I think that's what drove me to pick the book back up. I knew what it was going to say, but like any other story, you always take away something different each time you read a book. This was also where I really fell in love with the other character Tony. He's compassionate towards Clay and a genuinely caring person. You also get to see the other side of Clay that is empathetic and sensitive. All in all, if you've watched the tv show you should read the book. Just remember books always hold more than a tv or movie can ever portray. This was a great read.
Not sure I'd recommend it to anyone under the age of 15 though because it touches on things like suicide, bullying and rape.
Book received from: Purchased.