8💛: Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher

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“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”
This is the third book that I’ve finished this week. I don’t know what has gotten into me that I’m in a reading and writing frenzy these days. But that’s a good thing. 😂

When I picked up the book again, for some reason, it felt heavier. Maybe it was psychological. Or the book was really heavy. I know, I could weigh it right now and see for myself, but I’m too lazy to do that. 😁

This is the second time that I’ve read this book. The last time was years ago, so I couldn’t remember every detail. But the impression it left on me was unforgettable. You can’t remember every word and you might forget what it’s all about. But when you read a good book and it moves something in you, you’ll always remember how it made you feel.

This is why these books are in my bookshelf. During random days, I would pick them up again and relive the memories once more.

Thirteen Reasons Why is a story about Hannah Baker and Clay Jensen. Two separate stories, and one. Clay Jensen received a package that contains seven tapes from Hannah Baker, his classmate that recently committed suicide. And while listening to those tapes, Clay Jensen realized her reasons why she had done it and all these things that had happened to her that nobody really knew. What happened? Could he have stopped it? Could he have helped? What more could he have done?

It’s a meaningful book. A bit special if you ask me. A book that has been dutifully crafted and carefully worded out to discuss suicide. It’s a topic that makes other cringe, but it’s something that should be talked about.

This book is like a reminder that we should be careful with everything we say and do. We affect people on a daily basis. And you don’t want to wait until it’s too late before you realize what you have done.

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Genre: Young Adult

Freesia’s Rating: 💛💛💛💛💛

This book in five random words…

💛 Suicide

💛 Peer pressure (that’s two) 🙂

💛 Regrets

💛 School

Why I think you should read this book…

💛 It’s for us, mostly. It’s for us to realize, to see more, to do more, before it’s too late.

💛 An eye-opener. It’s a book that speaks.

What I love about this book…

💛 Everything.

It’s one of a kind. It knows what it’s for and the author delivered it in such a raw and beautiful manner. There’s an element of mystery, as Clay Jensen tried to find out what had really happened to Hannah Baker. The book is hard to put down. Hannah told her reasons why she had ended her life. And for each side of the cassette tape, she would talk about one person and one circumstance. How they all connected. How they all led to her taking her own life. Seven tapes. Side A. Side B. One empty side.

Clay Jensen hardly knew Hannah Baker, but he secretly harbored a feeling for her. So when Hannah Baker died, it affected him. And when he knew her story, it moved him. It changed him. This is the most important thing.

And I hope that when readers read this book, it would also leave that same impression on them. That we shouldn’t just sit here and ignore things like this. More than being responsible fpr our words and action, we should do something.

💛 The cassette tapes as the medium to narrate Hannah Baker’s story. Read the Q&A portion to find out why the author has decided to use it. It’s very clever of him.

Favorite quotes from the book…

“A lot of you cared, just not enough.”
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“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”

“No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”

“I’m listening to someone give up. Someone I knew—someone I liked. I’m listening… but still, I’m too late.”

“You can hear rumors. But you can’t know them.”

“A lot of you cared, just not enough.”

“Skye!”

~ Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

Book Description:
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.

(from: http://www.amazon.com/Thirteen-Reasons-Why-Jay-Asher/dp/159514188X)

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