Friday, 7 April 2017

Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

If you've not heard of the book and now Netflix series, Thirteen Reasons Why, where have you been? It has become such a massive hit that I couldn't help but but go out and buy the book. So, I'm going to share my thoughts on it. Hope you enjoy it. (Sorry for any spoilers)

So let me explain how I came to find Thirteen Reasons Why.... Obviously, I had a seen how popular it had become from social media. But last week I had an all important job interview, for which I was going to find out the answer on the same day. Now I tend to overthink interviews after, so I knew I had to do something to distract myself...

My instinct... run into town and buy Thirteen Reasons Why so I could distract myself from the inevitable. Little did I know, I'd finish it that same day! 

I was hooked. I've not been this hooked since I read Girl on the Train, as you may know. But the more I read the more I wanted to find out what was going to happen next. Without giving too much away, the story is based around a girl, Hannah Baker, who sadly commits suicide. But in the lead up to it she records 13 passages to 13 different people explaining why they contributed to her committing suicide. 

The story is told from the perspective of one of those people - Clay Jensen - and his journey to uncovering what Hannah has left. It switches between him and Hannah's recordings and the story unfolds.

I can't begin to explain just how hooked I became to this book. 

You quickly learn how all these people and stories are connected in some way. And honestly you go through every emotion - anger, happiness, curiosity, empathy, heartbreak. I actually did shed a tear when reading some parts. 

There is one scene/tape that is so cleverly written it makes you realise how great an author Jay Asher actually is. The book actually makes you realise what could lead a person to sadly committing suicide and their train of thoughts and how they feel along the way. It highlights the issue of bullying more than anything and drills in just how disgusting it can be. And how vile it can make a person feel! You may not even realise it, you may think you're doing something silly but to that person it means a whole lot more. 

And this book has many moments like that, where you begin to learn the true character and personality of Hannah Baker. 

It is so cleverly written and like I said makes you want to know how everyone is connected and what is going to happen next. There are moments when I went 'omg that's that person from that tape!' or 'that can't be happening.' You just want to find out, in a very sad and maybe wrong way, what could horribly happen next for the girl.

I just loved the whole concept and structure of Thirteen Reasons Why and can't recommend it enough! Although it is classed as 'Teen Fiction' in Waterstones, it's definitely more than  a Teen target. And I'm now super excited to watch the Netflix series. 

Have you watched or read Thirteen Reasons Why? 


P.s. I have now binge watched the Netflix series and it lives up to the book. Again, I'm feeling every emotion possible and more watching it! The series goes into a lot more detail and you find out a lot more. Some scenes are hard to watch but you go through it all find out how Hannah truly felt. One to watch and read.

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