13 Reasons why
Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Published in English: 2007
Dansk titel: Døde Piger Lyver ikke
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2017
Finished Reading: februar 2019
Genre: YA & Realism
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
I was so confused in the beginning on the book. The distinction between Hannah telling her story and Clay hearing her story barely existed. Even as I got used to it I still had a hard time telling the two characters apart. At one point I only read what Hannah said on her tapes rather than reading Clay taking a step here and there.
Clay and Hannah were both very believable characters but everyone else in the story is very far from being realistic, they are rather unbelievable and distant throughout the story. The people appearing on Hannah’s tapes may as well be the same person for all I care. Even though Hannah is very believable as a character, she’s very unlikable. She blames everyone else for her misery and when she finally has the opportunities to do something about it, she ignores the help given to her, but she expects the other characters to be able to read her mind. I wish I could have gotten to know Clay a bit more because he seemed like the most likable character of the lot. Overall, I’m disappointed with the characters, all of them!
Plot wise it was lacking in that department as well. We have a girl whom after her departure from this world sends out tapes of 13 reasons why she committed suicide. Okay, that’s not creepy at all! We get the background story and then the book ends. The time span is one day – it took Clay one day to listen to the tapes, one day to find out all those horrible things that happened to her and some of the other characters.
I’ve seen the television show and I must say it was miles above the level of the book. We finally get a face to the characters and they are much easier to relate to because we interact with them rather than interacting with them through Hannah in the book. Therefore, if you’re more into watching rather than reading, I’d suggest you turn on your Netflix and bench watch 13 reasons why!