Yes, with reluctance. Much like the characters find out, it will not be an enjoyable listen. That said it might be a life changing listen depending on your perspective. A little melodramatic? After listening, if it changes one life would it be worth it?
They bring the characters to life in a way that I could never have experienced by simply reading the book.
This one is an emotional roller coaster. I personally think an audio book is a great complement to the written version. I haven't read the written version, but I have a feeling that the written version might be lacking in comparison to the audio version, which is a first for me.
This book was a recommendation based in previous purchases. In all honesty it was not one I would have been likely to find on my own. Even then I was not convinced that this would be something I would have "enjoyed." Make no mistake, this is not a book that can be enjoyed, at least not for me. When I read the available reviews there was one that talked about"triggers". I immediately rolled my eyes because I'm sick of hearing about triggers and people wanting to hide from problems today. The second was by a therapist that was basically (from my interpretation) was less than impressed for technical reasons that I am sure made sense to that person but not to me. Neither prepared me for what I was about to hear. We all have different opinions, this is mine.
I am an old guy. What I experienced in school many years ago..okay 40 if we are going to be truthful,,, is not what kids experience today. Some parts are similar, but in the electronic, anonymous age of today, the hits come quick and I suspect much faster than many of the parents of today are prepared for. For most people, much of what the characters encounter will be routine, day to day life. The truth is, that there will be small percentage that cannot handle the routine. This book resonated with me because of an event in my past, not nearly as catastrophic as what happens here. It is a relatively short listen, but for some I suspect that it will be an invaluable listen. For me, on my second run through, it is ... what? I originally said an eyeopener, but that doesn't fit. All I can say it that this is not a book that I liked, but it is one that I would highly recommend..
Possible spoiler ahead**
I wonder if that therapist would make a good #13 also. We scientists can tend to be overly conservative/simplistic when we look at things and miss what what, in hindsight, should be obvious. We can do the same as parents. When I was a kid, programming the time on VCR was our biggest issue (wow really dating myself now..lol). Today, it's a whole new game and if this book opens the eyes of even one parent or child, then I suppose the author has changed the world. I will let you decide from here.
I loved how this book described the life of a suicidal teenager in way that affects, now, my way of viewing other people and treating them.
I haven't read(or listened to) any other book about suicide.
My favorite part would have to be the party where Clay and Hannah finally had some bonding time. Even though Clay was told to go, it opened up a maybe future possibility of Hannah getting future help.
Yes! Started at 3-4 pm and finished at 10-11 pm.
If you plan on reading or listening to this book, it will definitely change the way you see other people as well as life in general. Even though I already was a nice, caring person towards my friends and family, it makes me want to be even nicer and help more people who I might think would want to take this path. I have a friend I've known since I was very young (5-6 years old maybe) who tried to commit suicide. It gave been a glimpse into their life as well as how i affected people in my life as well. This book not only gave me a reason to start but helped me understand, maybe, what my friend was going through.
After being bullied on Social Media, I downloaded this book per a recommendation of a fellow YouTube blogger. It is a little dark and a little difficult to read at times, but overall it is a good book. It is definitely meant for the younger generations as the writing itself is very "young". But it definitely makes you start to think that anything and everything you do in your daily life can and will impact someone. You never know what someone is going through and that reminds me to always smile when I look someone in the eyes. I gave it 4 stars because I think that the story itself can put off the wrong message if you read into it too deeply and start thinking about suicide, but, the overall message that I took from it is a good one. I think this would make a great movie someday!
All parents of teenagers should listen to this. Specially if you are not familiarized with teen suicide warnings. This audiobook should be mandatory in every highschool! The story is compeling and extremely rich in topics for family discussions and the amazing narration with keep everyone paying attention. Thank you for writing this book...
Gripping, thought provoking.
I am sure I am not alone in this but it is Clay Jensen. How can you not feel for this young man. Thrown into the thirteen reasons and listening to the heartache of a girl he cared for. Very sad indeed.
Clayton and his friend in the car. I don't want to give any of the story away, but that was very touching.
I would have loved to.
After I read this book I thought for a while if what Hannah did was selfish. She was gone and yes she hurt and was angry but those tapes would have changed people. Some deserved to know but others in the chain were not as culpable as Hannah thought.
This was my first time listening to a book. Generally I read through my Nook or purchase through bookstores. But being so busy I knew I wouldn't have time to read it, so I found that this might be convenient and a great way to get into the books I've been wanting to read. My best friend and I both did this together and found it to be super fun! I was little worried about the voice acting but they were good. I'll definitely be looking for more books ☺️ - This story was heart tugging and makes you think about your actions and how it affects people. It reminds you that kindness can go a long way for someone's life. Enjoyed it! 🙌🏼