Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Hi Munchworms!

Thirteen Reasons WhyA couple of months ago, I watched the series Thirteen Reasons Why. I knew there was a book, but at that time I was so curious about it that I just didn’t mind to not read it first.

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 to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

Hannah’s voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovers changes his life… forever.

The good

I honestly love how this story takes place in not even a day. It shows how much impact a couple of hours can have on someone’s life. Not to mention that this whole book proves that every little action can have gigantic consequences you might never even realize.

This book is confrontational. And that’s good. Bullying in any way shouldn’t be accepted. Harassing people – women and men – should never be accepted. When something like that happens, you should not look the other way.
Thirteen Reasons Why proves how much of an impact this can have on someone’s life, not to mention someone’s personality in the long run.

The writing’s fluent. It keeps going and going. Before I knew it, I was halfway in the book and didn’t even want to take a break. I had to keep going – even though I already knew most of what was going to happen. I just needed to read more.

Hitting Play that first time was easy. A piece of cake. I had no idea what I was about to hear.
But this time, it’s one of the most frightening things I’ve ever done.
I turn the volume down and press Play.

The bad

One thing that really got on my nerves was the switching from italic font to regular and vice versa. Sometimes I was so engrossed in the book that I simply stopped noticing, didn’t know who said / thought what anymore and had to go back to reread.
I don’t really know how they could’ve done the formatting different. In a way it fit the story perfectly, but I just thought it didn’t read as fluently as I would’ve liked.

“But this baby never breaks down.” I say.
“This thing always breaks down,” he says. “I’m just always around to fix it.”


If you haven’t read this book yet, or watched the series, beware of triggers: bullying, harassment, rape, suicide.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor hot chocolate marshmallows

In honor of Hannah, a delicious hot chocolate with an abundance of marshmallows.





Credits for the munches-picture.

21 thoughts on “Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

    1. Fabulous.. I think I want to read the book just to compare it to the show… which did you prefer better in the end? the book or the show?


    2. It’s hard to say, really. I think having watched the show might’ve taken away from the reading experience. And the show was way more confronting and out there than the book so I’m going to have to say the show on this one.

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    3. Ah, yes… I get you… It’s been quite a while now since I watched the series and some more time will pass before I’ll be able to read the book, so hopefully the time in between the two will make a bit of a difference when reading the book but… yeah, the show was really out there… I guess, in the book I am very interested in getting more about the Guy main Character… (can’t remember his name) because in the series I felt like a lot was left up for interpretation with him…

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    4. I do think it’ll make a difference!
      You definitely get a good look inside Clay’s head when reading the book since the whole thing is written from his POV. In a way that’s good, because as you said the show left a lot up for interpretation, but on the other hand I’m glad the show gave us more insight in the other characters.

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  1. I’m still on the fence about reading or not this book… like you, I also watched the series first and, while I found it interesting and deeply moving, I am not sure about reading the book, since I had heard nothing really about it. But when you say the writing is actually good and fluent, it really makes me consider! Great review, Kathy!

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