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Thirteen Reasons Why

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  564,800 Ratings  ·  42,849 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, Reprint edition , 288 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Razorbill (first published October 18th 2007)
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Jessica Ralph NOO! I had severe depression, anxiety, and paranoia when I first decided to read it. I thought, like I'm sure you are right now, that by having her…moreNOO! I had severe depression, anxiety, and paranoia when I first decided to read it. I thought, like I'm sure you are right now, that by having her read it she will realize she is not the only one going through things like this. However, AND I CANNOT MAKE THIS CLEAR ENOUGH, this will in NO WAY help her. Reading about a successful suicide will only push her further to the edge and reading the book in general with its negative connotation and emphasis on depression will only make it validate her depression even more. She will also feel that help is not possible, seeing as when Hannah asked for help she did not receive any, your friend will be detoured even further from asking. If you still think it might be helpful, I agree with one of the earlier comments by a user "Em", read it together and make sure she understands that this is one of the worst possible scenarios and let her know that you are there for her at all times to talk about anything. Primarily, you should advise an adult about the situation to ensure your friends safety, depending on how far gone she is, a book will not help to bring her back from where she is at. I hope everything works out, honestly.(less)

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I'm one of the very few people who strongly disliked Thirteen Reasons Why, so maybe I should explain to you why.

I hate Thirteen Reasons Why. And here’s why.

Most of all, it glamorises suicide.

I'm putting this at the top because I can't believe I missed it in my original review. And this is a controversial point, because most of my Goodreads friends, whose opinions I would hold up as gospel, loved this book for its realistic and harrowing portrayal of teen suicide.

This book is one big glamorous m
Emily May
Oct 10, 2013 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”

Sometimes it's hard to see why other people might dislike a book you enjoy, but with Thirteen Reasons Why, I can understand it perfectly.

It is told from the perspective of Clay, but is mostly about the life of Hannah - a girl who recently killed herself. After her death, Clay receives a set of cassette tapes on which Hannah explains the thirteen reasons why she decided to
Nina ♥
Jun 27, 2010 Nina ♥ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
WARNING: I did not like this book. If you did, and would hate it if someone (me) ranted and bitched about it, then DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW.

REVIEW: I don't know why this book is so popular. And I honestly don't know what all the rave is about. I heard so many great things about this novel, that's why I read it. While this was a good book, well written and all…the plot was just not good enough—no, the reasons leading to Hannah Baker killing herself were not believable enough for me. I mean sure, t
Oct 24, 2009 Hannah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I figured this deserved a real review.

I'm a bipolar chick. I'm a girl who has struggled with suicidal thoughts since she was nine years old at the very latest. And I just do not buy 13RW's representation of a suicidal girl. The very premise of the book is flawed to me; you don't kill yourself for REASONS, you kill yourself because there is a bug in your brain gnawing at you and sucking out any valuable thought you've ever had, and I never saw that kind of bug in Hannah. I saw a girl who killed h

Note, 6/10/17: Tape #11 has been updated.

Alright. I really thought I wasn't going to review this book. But a status sharing certain anti-anti 13 Reasons Why sentiments (did that make sense?) just came up onto my timeline, and I, to put it cordially, fucking snapped.

Let me preface this by saying: If this book or television show helped you in any way, this review is not for you. We all have our coping mechanisms, we all
oh god, somebody buy this girl some perspective! oh wait, you can't because she's dead. and i, for one, am glad of it because this character would have grown up to be a rotten judgmental schoolmarmy horrorshow of an adult. just horrible.

and people love this book like cookies!

backtrack. plot: a girl kills herself. but before she goes, she makes a series of audio cassettes and mails them to an individual, with instructions to pass them along to the next person mentioned on the tapes, which are a c
Cait (Paper Fury)
EDIT AND UPDATE, 2017: I read this book back in 2014 when I was a teen and I hated it. I still hate it. My review is getting a lot of traffic atm so I'm just going to do a little update and leave you some links to better reviews that tell how problematic the story is:

Tweet thread on the problematic show.
Article on why it's dangerous.
Goodreads review on why it's seriously bad.

NOTE: I'm not responding to comments because wtf is going on in the comment section I have no idea. I'm sorry my revie
Emma Giordano
Apr 06, 2017 Emma Giordano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I REALLY REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK. I had heard very mixed things for some time and it seemed a lot of readers were very divided on this book, but I personally really loved it.

I do want to say I don't think this is 100% the best book in the world for depression/suicide, but I do believe it is an intersting narrative on how suicide impacts those affected, considering suicide is never a singular action. I also don't necessarily *agree* with the content of the book as guilting and blaming those who's
Alex Dembrowsky-henry
Thirteen Reasons Why This Book Sucks:

13. Poorly Sketched Supporting Characters: Hannah, the girl who killed herself, and Clay, the boy she sent her "suicide note" tapes to, were fairly believable and well-drawn individuals. But everyone else in the story seems interchangeable, with motivations that are never made clear or seem to constantly switch to serve the purposes of the plot. I couldn't tell the difference between Courtney Crimson and Jessica and Mr. Porter, if there was one, and I couldn'
Mar 17, 2008 stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE.
Recommended to stephanie by: A.
eta 2: this is also the perfect book to listen to on audiotape. 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.


eta: for everyone that thinks hannah's suicide was unbelievable, or that the reasons were just stupid and petty, take a moment and think about how what happened could have been the impetus for suicide. it's no
When I tried to structure my thoughts to write this review, I discovered that it’s actually very hard to write something about a book I liked but didn’t love. I definitely have no hard feelings towards Thirteen Reasons Why but I also don’t really have anything to rave about. Which makes me feel a little conflicted about the rating. This book will stay with me for a while, it made me think, but it also had its flaws.

I thought the novel was based on an original and great concept. We have a simulta
Jul 07, 2011 Giselle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. What an eye opener. In Thirteen Reasons Why we listen to audio tapes that was sent to 13 people by Hannah who committed suicide, to explain her reasons why.

First I want to mention that to all the reviewers who say that her reasons weren't "good enough" for her to kill herself, you're wrong. Everyone doesn't cope with situations the same way, and problems that may seem minimalistic to you, can send the next person into depression. We all have our own ways of working
Mar 06, 2015 Zoë rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Book 26/100 for 2015

I am so happy that I finally decided to pick up this book. I've heard nothing but hype and it is completely deserved.
Thirteen Reasons Why changed me. It made me step back from my life and realize that every action I take affects someone else, positively or negatively. I've studied the butterfly effect in school and I knew what it was as a concept but it didn't really hit me until this book.
Hannah's voice is eerie and powerful and really made this story stand out. Even knowi
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Update 7/10/15: A Conversation From Yesterday...

Co-Worker: "My kid just read this book and loved it. You are a reader, right? If you haven't read it, you should read it."

Me: "What's it called."

CW: "'Thirteen Reasons' or something. It's about suicide."

Me: Hmmmm, yeah I think that sounds familiar. Hold on lemme check.
*checking GR and finding review*

CW: "You find it?"

Me: "Um, yeah."

CW: "So you like it?"

Me: "Um...sure..."



Original (pre-gif discovery)Review:

I see that this book is pretty w
Nov 30, 2008 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was very engrossing and suspenseful, but in the end it just pissed me off. I don't know how to put this in more delicate terms, so if I make my case rather bluntly or insensitively, I do so only because I don't want to tiptoe around what I really feel.

Basically, I understand why some people turn to suicide as the only option out. I understand the feeling of helplessness and misery that could make a person decide that taking herself out is the only way to stop the pain. But after experi
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Hated it, hated it, hated it. DNFed at 30%.

Do you know people who are suicidal? Has anyone close to you tried to kill themselves or had someone close to them kill themselves?

My best friend growing up, her father committed suicide. I hope she never reads this book.

People who are clinically depressed, people who feel like they have no other option but to kill themselves, don't do it because of a tiny, trivial reason. They do it because there is an imbalance in their brain, or something so horri
Feb 04, 2008 Madeline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Jul 10, 2008 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
What an unbelievable book. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you're 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 somethi
Put me
underneath God's sky and
know me
don't just see me with your eyes
Take away
this mask of flesh and bone and
See me
for my soul


Trigger Warning: Suicide

For some reason, I've been in the mood to read books with a strong topic and subject, involving something personal or something I can relate to in any way; something I can feel emotions with. Thirteen Reasons Why really wasn't it. It wasn't an emotional book. I've heard it's such a sad book that makes you cry and sob hard, but I didn't f
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“You can't stop the future
You can't rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret to press play.”
Thirteen Reasons Why is a book I’ve been meaning to read for about 5 years. My sister read it and told me I’d love it. I do love books that make me cry and since the book is being made into a Netflix series next month, I thought why not give it a go. As depressing as this one was, though- I didn’t shed one tear. I’m not sure what that says about me or the story. Honestly, I have conflict
l a i n e y
May 04, 2017 l a i n e y rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Lord. This was even worse than I thought it would be.

Hannah, I know you've been treated unfairly and you wanted to get back at the people who wronged you. But I was totally dumbfounded by this roundabout way of doing so which actually includes you losing your own life in the process.

All those preparations and time and planning.

Such a waste.

And Asher's writing didn't help the matter either: not suspenseful enough.

Miriam Smith
Jul 13, 2017 Miriam Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kept-book
I bought "Thirteen Reasons Why" after hearing so much about it on the internet - and from my 3 sons - and I just knew I had to find out what the hype was all about for myself.
Actually I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and found it very compelling so I'm a little apprehensive about leaving a positive review after reading so many negative comments about it, but I suppose it is only everyone's opinion.
I started reading this book at bedtime and whenever I woke up during the night and throughou
Mohammed Arabey
May 22, 2017 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY ثلاث عشر سببا
لقراءة الرواية

بتلك النسخة مشاهد محذوفة ونهاية مغايرة للاصلية، والأهم؛ حوار مع المؤلف بعد 10 سنين من كتابته الرواية وهذا ما كان دافعا أقوي حتي من حلقة المسلسل الاولي التي تأثرت بها وكانت سبب رئيسي لبدء القراءة قبل إستكماله

** الســـبب الأول **
لأنها ليست قصة تشجع عن الانتحار
“أنت لا تعرف ما بحياة أي أحد سوي حياتك. وعندما تعبث بجزء واحد من حياة أحدهم، فأنت لم تعبث بهذا ”الجزء فقط. للأسف لا يمكنك أن تكون بهذه الدقة ولا أن تختار. عندما تعبث بجزء من حياة شخص، أنت تعبث
May 23, 2017 Anny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2017, romance



This novel was gripping since page 1. Even though I finished it like in 1 day and 2 sittings (I didn’t want to put it down) yet I am rating it 3 stars.
Hanna Baker was a newcomer in the town and school. Her reputation was tarnished by the guy (her senior) during her first days in the town. Later on, she was accused of betrayal by her new friend that she stole her guy (all three of them are classmates). That guy sort of used Hanna to make her ex jealous and to get back her. Hann
Jun 06, 2017 Alejandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, novel
Nothing justifies suicide. Nothing.

This is the tenth anniversary edition of the novel which includes a new foreword by the author, along with some comments about the process of the original publication and even the original ending not used in the finished novel.


It’s not rare that if you haven’t read this novel before and now you’ll do it, it’s because the Netflix TV series, and that’s nothing wrong with that. Certainly films and TV series are great promot
Michael Britt
Apr 23, 2017 Michael Britt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: if you read this book and it helped you, don't read on. This is not for you.

This book has one of the most dangerous messages out there. It glorifies suicide. And I find that utterly disgusting.

I almost didn't review this book, because it's a sensitive subject: teen suicide. Or even just suicide in general. One of the saddest things ever is when someone so young feels like they have no way out other than taking their own life. It's never the right answer, but I still find it sad
Feb 18, 2013 Frankie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dont-like, 2016, usa
It's books like this that I remember why I do not read YA. I thought it was a unique idea for a story but it was just shite. Awful Awful book. I hope no one suicidal or anyone that has seen the effects of suicide ever reads this.
I have very mixed feelings about this but what irritates me the most is that I couldn't empathize with Hannah, not with the way she stooped so low in passing (mostly) judgments in those tapes. This book showcases a whole new side of revenge and it's not sweet. Yikes.
As for the series, maybe the producers tweaked some things from the book because visually, the first two episodes didn't bore or annoy me as much (I know, I know I'm weird).
Aug 08, 2013 Delee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, revenge, reviewed
THIRTEEN REASONS WHY is not what I expected.

I had this book on my reading list for a couple of years. When a GR friend of mine read it recently, and rated it 1-star, I thought that maaaaaaaybe she was over-reacting a little- and bumped it up on my list to see what had set her off. Now I know. *Yaaaaaay*

If I had reviewed this a couple of days ago- this would have been a scathing angry review (which is why I waited) I don't like writing scathing angry reviews- and maaaaaaaany people loved this bo
I liked the idea of this book more than the execution. Clay received a package in the mail with audiotapes narrated by Hannah because he is one of the thirteen reasons she committed suicide. As he wanders through town visiting the monumental spots in Hannah's life, he listens to the tapes waiting for the one that accuses him. The suspense was good. I liked Clay and applaud Asher for bringing to light the tragic subject of teen suicide, but there were things about it that bothered me:

I didn't sym
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Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up in a family that encouraged all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. He attended Cuesta College right after graduating from high school. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. At this point in his life, he had decided he wanted t ...more
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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.” 4198 likes
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