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Includes an introduction by the author, alternate ending, early notes and ideas, deleted scenes, discussion guide, and town map on reverse side of jacket
Publisher: Razorbill 20161227
ISBN: 9781595147882


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Banned for depiction of teen suicide.

Issues of mental health, grief, and suicide are heavily covered in this ground-breaking YA novel by Jay Asher. Partially filmed in Vallejo, the hit Netflix series stars Katherine Langford, Dylan Minnette, and Kate Walsh.

Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to he... Read More »

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May 11, 2021

Following the death of a high school student, Hannah Baker, Clay Jensen, a former classmate, and friend of the deceased, receives 13 cassette tapes. More so Hannah’s 13 reasons why she decided to end her life. Each cassette talking about one person, Hannah explains in great detail why they were a factor leading upon her to commit suicide. Clay chooses to listen to all the tapes, though what happens if he is one of those reasons? What happens to the others who are part of the blame?
I recommend this book for mature audiences, specifically those 15 years old and up. Trigger warnings include; rape, language, and drugs. The book showcases how high school can be for some, and how classmates don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel dimming. I recommend watching the show on Netflix as well.

May 05, 2021

Thirteen Reasons Why is heartbreaking, as any book focusing on suicide ought to be. But it also contains an important message – the warning signs of suicidal intentions. The end of the book also contains information for Suicide Help-Lines, which is also very important. It also handles the topic of suicide very well – with a stark frankness, but still separates the readers from the act by reading of it from Clay’s perspective rather than experiencing it with Hannah. Thirteen Reasons Why is a beautiful read, though it is one I suggest caution when approaching.

Apr 16, 2021

Clay Jensen, a high school student, comes home from school one day to find a box on his front porch. He opens it and finds several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate who committed suicide a couple of weeks ago. Hannah’s voice recording tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she committed suicide and he’ll be able to find out by listening to the cassette tapes. As he listens to Hannah’s words, what he discovers changes his life forever.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I have to admit I did like the way the story was told, as a split-narrative between the transcripts of the tapes and the voice of a boy who is one of the accused. As a plot-driven book, it definitely held my interest, but the whole time, I found it difficult to understand why Hannah went to such lengths to record her tapes and make sure everybody received them. It seemed to be more about getting back at the people who hurt her than about closure and explanation. Regardless, this book definitely showed me that even the small things we do can have a huge impact on somebody else’s life. 3.5/5 stars.

**Please be aware that this book contains triggering content and heavy subject matters like suicide, rape, violence, etc. I would recommend it to mature teens that are at least 16-17 years old.

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021


When teenage Hannah Baker takes her life, everyone questions why. Except for the people on the tapes. Before her death Hannah recorded tapes. These tapes contain secrets and information about her life and more importantly why she ended it. Each side of the tape focuses on one person and one reason for her suicide. The tapes are sent around so each person on them will get to listen. On the tapes she makes a threat. If they don’t pass the tapes on or they try to destroy them, a new set will be sent out. Not just to them. To everyone. This book follows former friend Clay Jensen as he listens through the tapes and learns about Hannah’s problems and suffering.

This book (as well as the TV show adaptation) are made for a very mature audience. This book is not a good read for anyone suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts. This book contains very mature themes and ideals such as suicide, physical violence, and rape. I would recommend that the reader be at least 16 years old.

I was not a big fan of this book. I felt that it glorified the idea of teen suicide. In the book Hannah faces many large problems including rape. But some of the reasons she commits suicide are just typical teenage problems. I think that certain events in the book are over dramatized. I think that the overall idea of the book was good however it focused very much on some very small and very insignificant events. I also think that there were too many main characters and secondary characters which made the story quite confusing.

CMLibrary_Veronica Mar 23, 2021

I first read this novel almost 7 years ago, I think. Maybe 8. Either way, it's been a decent amount of time since I last read this book and to be honest, I've been really nervous to revisit it. I know that there is a lot of controversy about it, and even more when it comes to the show, and ever since I first read the book, I've always been very protective of this story, these characters, this novel, all of it.

I find it incredibly amusing to read reviews of the show and the book of people that hate it and don't understand Hannah and think she just blamed everyone else and never took responsibility for her actions, and I partially understand. I can see why they think that but I think what makes this book so special and this story so special is how relatable it is. I think that unless you've been in Hannah's shoes, in her mindset, in that place than you can't understand. I think what people are most afraid to admit is that when someone dies by suicide, they do it for a culmination of reasons, and a lot of them are because of people - what they said, what they did or didn't do, what they say behind another person's back, etc. You hear stories in the news all the time about kids dying by suicide because they were bullied or because a bunch of people told them too, over and over and over again. People are mean and cruel and they do things that affect other people and it resonates. Each of the 13 people on her tapes all played a part. You can say she was blaming them or whatever you so please, but each of their actions created the circumstances for her to feel like she had nowhere else to go.

Again, I love this book. I love these characters, I love this plot, I love how real it is. I love the show, I love everything about it. I'm sure there are people who disagree with me. I'm sure there are people who vehemently protest this novel and its corresponding series, but I think this is a book that I will forever love, reread, and protect.

In a lot of ways, I am Hannah Baker. I think everyone is a little bit.

WPL_Erin Mar 04, 2021

Such a sad story told in such an interesting way about the impact we have on other people and what we carry with us.

Feb 22, 2021

Trigger warning: The novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, written by Jay Asher, is a tragic suicide story entailing the life of Hannah Baker. Hannah records cassettes about events preceding her death; those of which are passed around with a label of “13 reasons” (13 reasons why she committed suicide). The reasons each involve a specific person that had wronged Hannah, and each person was expected to pass the tapes onto the next person after listening.

This book discusses mature themes such as sexual harassment, suicide, and depression. At some points, it felt as if the author was glorifying suicide, representing it as a successful way that a struggling individual was able to ease their pains. I’m sure this wasn’t the author’s intention, but that’s something to be mindful of if you’re recommending the book to someone. For the aforementioned reasons, I would not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 14, or anyone struggling with similar issues. However, I do appreciate the fact that the novel sheds light upon a topic that holds so much stigma. Mental health must be acknowledged, and the constant themes in the novel of “be kind to others, as actions can have dire consequences” or “you never know what someone else is going through” should always be upheld.

Feb 16, 2021

Jay Asher’s young adult novel, Thirteen Reasons Why has an engrossing story; I couldn’t put the book down for most of the time. It’s about a high school girl’s reasons for committing suicide; she sends audio tapes to thirteen people, explaining why she committed suicide. Although this book does have some explicit content, I like that it still has positive messages. For example, it tells people to treat everyone with kindness and respect. Thirteen Reasons Why covers topics such as high school, friendship, bullying, teen suicide, and gossip. Lastly, this book expresses another important message: not taking action against something horrible is just as bad as actually doing the horrible thing. Overall, I think this book has done a good job of spreading positive messages, but I think that the author could have reduced the amount of explicit content in the book.

Dec 28, 2020

Thirteen Reasons Why is a sad novel about a girl named Hannah Baker, who
takes away her life, due to stress from social pressures. This book goes over the 13
reasons she did what she did, and teaches the reader the very valuable lessons of
being aware of your surroundings and valuing what you have. Although I did not
like how depressing this novel was, I did like its plot and lessons it taught. I would
recommend it to those who are old enough to read it, since it is very informative.

Sep 30, 2020

TW before reading this book. I personally did not enjoy this book because it didn't feel like the trauma Hannah went through was depicted correctly. The book features multiple tapes left from Hannah Baker, a girl who had committed suicide and is explaining why to her friends through tapes. It shows suicide in an odd way and I would not recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with their mental wellbeing as it can be very triggering to some. I can acknowledge that this book opens up the conversation about mental health, suicide, and trauma, which can be very uncomfortable conversations to have. However, every situation is different and many people have said that they felt worse after reading the book, so I would not typically recommend it unless you know exactly what you are getting into. 3/5 stars
@avacadojai of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Jun 19, 2017

According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway because bees don't care what humans think is impossible. Yellow, black. Yellow, black. Yellow, black. Yellow, black. Ooh, black and yellow! Let's shake it up a little. Barry! Breakfast is ready! Coming! Hang on a second. Hello? - Barry? - Adam? - Can you believe this is happening? - I can't. I'll pick you up. Looking sharp. Use the stairs. Your father paid good money for those. Sorry. I'm excited. Here's the graduate. We're very proud of you, son. A perfect report card, all B's. Very proud. Ma! I got a thing going here. - You got lint on your fuzz. - Ow! That's me! - Wave to us! We'll be in row 118,000. - Bye! Barry, I told you, stop flying in the house! - Hey, Adam. - Hey, Barry. - Is that fuzz gel? - A little. Special day, graduation. Never thought I'd make it.

Jun 25, 2015

"Would you want the ability to hear other people's thoughts?
Of course you would. Everyone answers yes to that question before they think it all the way through.
For example, what if other people could hear your thoughts... right now?

May 14, 2015

"Maybe if I forgot things once in a while, we'd all be a little bit happier."

CynthiaS913 Jul 01, 2013

You'll do that right? All of you? You'll fill in the gaps? Because every story I'm telling leaves so many unanswered questions.

Oct 13, 2012

"I'm sorry..........................................thankyou."

betty302010 Aug 09, 2012

" never judge a person by the way they are it hurts them in the inside and can cause manny things to happend"

busyinbillspants Jun 05, 2012

“I hope you're ready, because I'm about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why.”

busyinbillspants Jun 05, 2012

“You can't stop the future
You can't rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret to press play.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 05, 2012

"life can give u 13 reasons"

You don't know what went on in the rest of my life. At home. Even at school. You don't know what goes on in any-one'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. Unfortunatly, you can't be that precise and seletive. When you mess with one part of a person's life, you're messng with their entire life. -Hannah Baker Cassette 5: Side A

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Jun 21, 2016

the main characters crush had just committed suicide when they receive a package of cassate tapes explain why she killed herself to the thirteen people causeing her to do so

Jun 25, 2015

When high school student Clay Jenson is delivered a box containing thirteen cassette tapes Hannah Baker made he spends the night following her words across his small town and recounting the events that lead to her death.

Oct 23, 2012

Clay receives box of cassettes from suicide girl at school telling story of what happened. Tapes are sent and resent to each person crucial to the story. Story of lies, rumors, indifference, things not noticed, awkward teen culture, HS culture, parents too busy, teen cruelty, rape at a party, sex for the wrong reasons, and a teacher/counselor with no discernible suicide prevention skills. Clay is not the bad guy but is sickened by the story and what he might have done to stop the trainwreck if he'd only known. Students and a teacher are on the "list." Clay may be a better person after this, all lives will be changed by the tapes.

Sep 25, 2012

Just read this book, okay ?

betty302010 Aug 09, 2012

this book is about a girl who suicides herself but tells the others thatn did things to her what she couldnt tell them when she was alive. this book is so recommended

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

Clay Jensen, a somewhat shy high school student, returns home from school one day to find an anonymously-sent package sitting on his doorstep. Upon opening it, he discovers that it is a shoebox containing seven cassette tapes recorded by the late Hannah Baker, his classmate and emotional crush who recently committed suicide. The tapes were initially mailed to one classmate with instructions to pass them from one student to another, in the style of a chain letter. On the tapes, Hannah explains to thirteen people how they played a role in her death, by giving thirteen reasons to explain why she took her life. Hannah has given a second set of tapes to one of their classmates, the identity of whom Clay later discovers, and warns the people on the tapes that if they do not pass them on, the second set will be leaked to the entire student body. This could lead to the public embarrassment and shame of certain people, while others could face physical harassment charges or jail time. Through the audio narrative, Hannah reveals her pain and suffering and the slide into depression that ultimately leads to her death (suicide from pills). She lists her first crush, a boy who voted her "best ass in the freshman class", a former friend, a peeping Tom, a liar, a goof who takes advantage of her, a hater, a thief who steals her poems, a member of the list that already passed, a cheerleader who crashes into a stop sign, a guy who raped her in a hot tub, the guidance counselor, and Clay, her soul mate, all who thought their actions were harmless, or that they wouldn't affect or scar her. They were wrong.

Sep 07, 2011

Clay, a highschool student receives a box one day coming home from school. As he begins to listen, he hears Hannah, A student that he liked that recently commited scuicide. Hannah explains that there are 13 poeple that played a part in her decision to commit suicide. The box contains 8 tapes, each side has a number, 1 to 13. each with the story of one of the 13 poeple. Clay is incredibly confused as to why he was sent the tapes, as he feels he did no wrong to Hannah. As he listens he visits different places that some of the events Hannah mentions. He spends the night, wandering the town, listening to theese tapes and learning about hannah, and other poeple that affected her decision to take her life.

Jul 13, 2009

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.


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Jul 27, 2020

Violence: suicide, rape

Aug 12, 2017

Other: A National Post Story regarding 13 reasons -

Nov 16, 2013

Sexual Content: rape

Nov 16, 2013

Coarse Language: foul language

Nov 16, 2013

Violence: aggressive actions

Feb 18, 2013

Sexual Content: very specific with rape and sexual content

betty302010 Aug 09, 2012

Other: interesting and a page turner

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 05, 2012

Coarse Language: foul launguage

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