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.
©2007 Jay Asher; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"A brilliant and mesmerizing debut from a gifted new author." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The message about how we treat one another...makes for compelling reading." (Booklist)
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
I enjoyed the idea, format, and execution of this book. I felt mixed emotions about the narrator, as was intended and this opened up a good dialogue between me and my 13 yr old daughter. Worth your credit if you're interesting in understanding the inner workings of a young girl's mind.
The trouble with making books into audiobooks is that some simply do not survive the translation in media intact. Not so with 13 Reasons Why. Compellingly written and evocatively voiced, this audiobook comes from a novel whose premise - a boy's inner monologue as he is listening to audiotapes of a dead girl's voice - is ideally suited to the listened. On top of that, Jay Asher's novel is an accurate, sometimes painfully so, rendering of teen life, teen sorrow, and teen frustration. His main character's reactions are realistic and inevitable, and his storytelling weaves together 12 stories into one cohesive whole. I loved this book so much that I taught it to a Grade 9 and 10 class low-literacy class, who were inspired to become active in their community to help people "So no one has to get a box on their door...or mp3s in their email...and hurt like Clay and Hannah did." When the students ask me if they're allowed to lend the book to friends and family, when a mother phones me in happy tears because her daughter wants a BOOK for Christmas, that's when I know the novel is great.
It wasn't anyting at all what I expected but it was a whole lot better. 13 reasons why tells about a teen and why she wants to kill herself, right? I think it was a lot deeper than that. All the mixed feelings how Hannah feel are so complicated that it's hard to understnad. But Jay Asher convey it pretty well. This book is not like happily ever after book, but yet you can still enjoy it.
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons
So this is one of those rare titles that you best listen to on a weekend when you have NOTHING better to do with your time. Why? The book is so exceptionally enthralling that you will find yourself immediately drawn into the story if you are even remotely a fan of literature of this kind. The narration was faultless and the story was tragic but honest and done so well. Absolutely superb.
I think this book has the potential to polarize an audience. I say this because the topics the book touches... topics such as high school, suicide and date rape... all these topics are highly sensitive. These also are topics that some are not comfortable talking about and are in general very 'heavy' emotions to deal with. The book comes off as that, heavy.... riddled with feelings and emotions... That being said the somewhat heavy tone lends to making each portion of this book seem meaningful in some way. You know a book is great when it feels organic in a sense and unforced which was exactly what this was.You knew the outcome of the novel, the tragic end of the girl who left the tapes, and yet you find yourself engrossed in the novel from beginning to end.
I agree that this book is tragic and if you are looking for a happy ending then you will miss out here. I mean yes, there is some amounts of closure and the main character here does find some sort of redemption in the end but there can be no true happy ending in a book where one of the main characters commits suicide. What appeals most me though in this book is the honesty.... it's tragic, it sucks but it's also true and it needs to be told. It also helps that the book is written so beautifully with the phrasing, the pauses, the choice of words being just plain immaculate.
It's the sort of book that makes you want to be a bit nicer to people for the mere reason that you never know what they are going through and you never know if maybe they are teetering at the edge of their breaking point. It makes you want to ask someone "how are you" and actually mean it.... Sharing a kind word with someone just for the mere fact that you can just in case.
The book had that ability to bring me back to some not so nice moments in my own life maybe not as bad as what Hannah went through but bad in its own right (I think everyone goes through something like this at one point or another) and it made me thankful for it not 'snowballing' as it did with Hannah because really, who knows how different I would have been now?
When I finished the book and told a certain someone about it, they told me I shouldn't 'gush' about it in my review.... Well.... I am gushing and I believe this book was absolutely worth every moment of gushing. I mean I went through this book cover to cover in one sitting.... For a usual busy body like me doing 1 million things at once that truly is a task for a book to accomplish.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a sobering and honest title. To break up the monotony of sci-fi or action or romance or fantasy or whatever you're accustomed to. To delve in the mind of someone who simply was pushed too much... Where a series of unfortunate occurrences snowballed into something tragic... Something, that if you take the time out to reflect on and really allow to marinate within you can actually make you a better person after you finish it....
Love audio when I'm on the go, but I will always love holding a book in my hand a having to turn the pages to read. I hope print never stops
I found this book on accident and Its not something that I usually read. In fact in my giant book shelf its one of a kind. I thought the story was tragic but beautifully told. Its sad that a young girl would feel such a way but it really does show you the "snowball effect" and that everyone is connected, a "six degrees of separation" type deal. I myself couldn't put it down, like the boy listening to the audio tapes, you felt what he felt. There isn't a book like this that would've been written better and the character voices they chose to use was wonderful and I felt fit the people perfectly. Definitely something I would read/listen to again!
This is one of the top for me, especially since the format of the book has Clay, the MC, listening to Hannah's tapes. I felt like I was having the experience with Clay, and I loved both of the actors performing the text.
This an important book to read for anyone who has a teen/teens in their life. I was a teen once (and only once, thank goodness), but I’ve spent the past eleven years working in a high school. The difference is that now, as an adult, I can look back on all that made me miserable in my teen years and know that there is so much more to life than the volatile ecosystem that is the American high school. Many adults expect teens to just get this, but how can they? They have not lived beyond this experience yet, and without a guarantee that life will get better, some teens make the same decision that Hannah makes.
They simply were Clay and Hannah. That's all there is to it.
Everything affects everything.
I truly loved this book, I felt as if I was there hearing her through the tapes along with him. I was very moved by the way this book shows that your actions truly have consequences and no matter how small something might seem to you for someone else it can be devistating. Its a Great book!!!
This book is short and doesn't take very long to listen to. but it captivates you from the first 5 minutes. I would recommend this book to anyone. and have recommended it to many people already.
My daughter found this book and while she is reading it, I listened to the audiobook. This was an amazing story, crafted beautifully and I think the audiobook version adds something extra with the dual character voices.
This story is also a great way to connect with my teenage daughter and keep those lines of communication open and honest. This book deals with lots of ugly issues many of which you never want to discuss with your kids and that is the reason that you have to. To be able to use this book as a parenting tool has just been a bonus.
I highly recommend this to parents and their teens to read together or individually for discussion.
I'm a high school librarian.
We teach this book in my high school and use the audio to help auditory readers understand the plot. The narrators sound like they could be kids at our school.
This audiobook is an excellent story of detailing how quickly hope can run out for someone on the edge due to societies blindness to the peril, and at the same time it tells a doomed love story that both characters wanted but could never grasp. This work by Jay Asher is truly an excellent choice and whilst filled with the chiling feeling of listening to someones downfall it fills the reader with a sense of hope that things can get better even after despair. This book is certainly an good choice!
I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover so I judge them by their title! Although this book wasn't what I expected from the title I'd recomend reading it, it brings up some really interesting topics and it's written with some great characters and an amazing plot that keeps you hooked the whole way through!
I started listening to this at about 6pm and I didn't stop listening until It had finished!
Really enjoyed this and recommend it!
What a brilliant book!
Very good performance!I am impressed!
Definitely a book you could listen to/read more than once.
"Could have been much better"
A good book but it could have been so much more. This story has an excellent premise which with a few changes could have made this an amazing read! I'm not saying it's not enjoyable but for all the hype around it for me it didn't live up to it. There was many parts of the story that I enjoyed, there are some good characters and the layout is good and easy to follow, I just wish it was put to its full potential.
"Good Plot Less Than Stellar Delivery"
I liked that even though you knew Hannah Baker was dead you kept hope throughout the book that she somehow survived.
I disliked the repetive superfluous passages and lack of character depth and development.
I would recommend it because it benefits us all to get outside and beyond ourselves, to challenge bias' and to know no matter how dire the situation may be we are not truly alone.
Debra's, yes, Joel's, probably not.
To strive to open up more and give others a chance.
I think the story would have flowed better if Clay's character had just been a name like others referred to but not have as a co-narrater. He was whiny and detracted from Hannah's confession. I found his cliched and repetative intermittent commentary off putting and superfluous.
"The only way to learn the secret is to press play"
this is also the perfect book to listen to on audible. usually i am annoyed with audiobooks, but i enjoyed listening to this one almost as much as reading it, because i was hearing hannah while driving in my car, much the same way clay was. still love this book and it's boldness.
What an unbelievable book. If you haven’t read it, you should. If your thinking about reading it do it now.
I don’t know about you, but I love getting stuff in the mail, especially getting packages. Well so does the main character of this story, Clay. But Clay would rather have not received this package.
Hannah Baker. Clay has had a crush on Hannah forever, but he never had the guts to really tell her. Now he never will. Hannah committed suicide. But before Hannah killed herself she left something behind. Seven cassette tapes. Seven tapes that tell the story of the thirteen people that caused Hannah to feel that she had no where to turn.
Each person has a story within the tapes and it is your responsibility after you listen to the tapes to pass it onto the next person. But what did Clay do? How could he be one of the people responsible for her suicide, he will have to listen to the tapes to find out.
This is one of the most compelling books I’ve ever read. It is right up there with Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes. This is definitely one of those books that makes you look at the way you treat people and how fragile we are as humans. I cried, I laughed, I felt.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in people ranging in the ages 15-24. If you know someone who has talked about committing suicide, please don’t take it lightly. You might be the one person they are reaching out to.
Lovely book... I cannot imagine how I would feel if I was on someone's list.
It is a very well written book and the charachters come together brilliantly.
Defiantly it is without a doubt my favourite book and if you are thinking about buying it then do because it's filled with amazing detail and emotion it's not an action or a comedy but neither is it a romantic book. I believe it adds a whole new perspective of life and if you are a teen who is having problems at school I would certainly read this.
I liked the whole of it. The storyline is amazing and it has so much detail. Also I loved the voices as they souned so normall and not like some you get on here
They bring the tones and the ambition also each line seems passionate to them and they tell the story with so much soul and passion
I think the whole storyline is moving but from begining to en it is filled with so many emotions an that's why I love it so much
Again if you don't no whether to buy it do because it is incredible and you would definitely regret it
"Interesting idea, done well, excellent recording"
The idea of the book is unusual - certainly the reason why I was attracted to this (I was looking for any YA to get an understanding of the genre)
Once I got used to the way the audiobook was bouncing between the male and female protagonists, I found it worked really well - especially Hannah's character who brought to life the different sub-characters.
The story was well weaved and kept looping back to previous events which kept it interesting.
My only reason for not giving this five stars was a lack of a twist - A good read (listen) but not an ending that makes me want to read it again.
I am of a similar age to the characters in the book, making it easy to relate to them.
The voice was quite bland, but after you have listened for a while you realise it suits the character of the book.
This book made me cry! It is an emotional roller coaster and really makes you think about the people around you.
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