Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher

What happens when Clay Jensen discovers a series of tapes on his doorstep with no return address, just his name? What is on the tapes? Will these tapes change his life forever? Read Thirteen Reasons Why to find out!

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Book Reviews

A New York Times Bestseller

"A myster, eulogy, and ceremony." -Sherman Alexie, author of A Part-Time Indian

"A brilliant and mesmerizing debut from a gifted new author." -Kirkus, starred review.

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Main Characters as Actors and Actresses


In the book, there are figures of speech. Here are two examples:

1. "A shiver crawls up my back." page 95. This is personification because shivering isn't an alive thing, so it cannot physically crawl up ones' back.

2. "But if I was right, their eyes would glaze over like they were a million miles away." page 237. This is a simile becuase the author says that the eyes would glaze over like they were a million miles away.

The Final Reflection

Along the journey of reading this book, we were to answer questions along the way. For my final reflection, I answered two questions.

1. What was the best part of this novel? Focus on a particular chapter, scene, or interaction between characters.

"I really enjoyed how the author wrote the novel. He put a message in it, but at the same time, it was subtle. He wrote it so that every page was a small mystery, but key answers were revealed throughout the book."

2. Also, in your opinion, why did the author choose to write this particular book? What was the big lesson to be learned?

"The author wrote the book because a good friend of his attempted to commit suicide a few years before the book was written, and he wanted people to be aware of suicide. It has helped to write a book, but it only really earns the attention of the people who read it."

About The Author

Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. In high school, he played the guitar. He went to Cuesta College, where he wrote his first two children's books. After writing the books, he decided that he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to another college for his senior year. To this date, he only has one published book.

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Flyer Created by Steph Hermann

She is an eighth grader at Park View Middle School. Her favorite subject is science, and she wants to grow up to be a cardiothoracic surgeon. She has a Great Dane and a Chesapeake Bay Retriever at home. Steph loves reading, and was excited to read this book, as a good friend had recommended it to her.