Thirteen Reasons Why

by: Jay Asher

"Hello boys and girls. Hannah Baker her. Live and in sterio." (page 7)

Plot Overview

Clay Jenson is the story teller, but is listening to the story of Hannah Backer's life. Hannah Baker has chosen to leave the world and the life she has made for herself. Before she left, she made tapes of why she left. There were strict instructions to pass them around from one person to the next. If you received the tapes she took you on a journey and you followed her reasons for death. Clay Jenson received the tapes and listened with curiosity. He listened and following directions wondering how he got involved in Hannah's tapes. The only people who got the tapes were mentioned in them. A long with the tapes Hannah left there was a map. This map had locations on it with red stars. Each red star represented a location that had purpose to Hannah's life. There were 13 reasons of why Hannah left everything she had and she had a person to blame for each one. All Clay wanted to know was how it was his fault that Hannah killed herself. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is all about what Clay has to do to find out about what he did to left lead Hannah to death.

"I'm listening. But still, I'm too late." (page 146)


To me, the theme of this book is, you have to be aware of your actions, and how it could impact the lives pf people around you. I choose that to be my theme because, the reasons Hannah choose to kill herself were because of other people and the other people didn't even realize it.


I would recommend this book to mostly girls. But if you like sad, heartfelt books this book if for you.

"I hope you are ready, because I'm about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why I my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why." (page 7)


The emotions I experienced while I was reading this book were mixed. Some of them were sad, confused, and frustrated. I was sad because, Hannah killed herself and thinking about, and reading about someone choosing to kill herself makes me really sad. Through out this whole book, I was always a little bit confused. I was confused because I kept wondering why someone would make the choice to kill them selves. I know Hannah was giving us 13 reasons but that still wasn't enough for me. Wouldn't you be frustrated if someone left tapes at your door and you started listening to them, to only find out you are listening to the reasons someone killed themselves. I know I would be. If someone left me tapes to play in a cassette player, and listen to and I didn't know why. I put my self in Clay’s shoes and I was very frustrated while reading this book.

"I'm listening to someone give up. Someone I knew. Someone I liked. (page 146)