Hello, hello! I just finished Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It was pretty good, to say the least. So I started this a while ago, but I never got the chance to actually finish it so I finally checked it out from the library (on audiobook).
My brief(-ish) rundown of it all:
Clay Jensen is in love. Okay, maybe not love, but totally crushing from a distance. But there is a slight problem – his crush, Hannah Baker, committed suicide about two weeks ago. He and Hannah weren’t exactly friends or even acquaintances, but her death hits him deep. One day after school, a few weeks after her suicide, Clay finds a brown paper package on his front steps. Inside are 7 tapes, 13 tracks in total – the final words of Hannah Baker. Each track is addressed to a person and tells him/her why he/she is one of the 13 reasons she killed herself. Bewildered and intrigued, Clay follows Hannah’s final wishes with the tapes and desperate to know how he had a hand in her death.
Alright, I hope that was pretty decent.
I genuinely liked the story. It was a bit confusing at parts (probably because I was multitasking while I listened to it so part of my mind was elsewhere). Anyway, I really liked the concept. But let me be clear, I don’t precisely think it was fair of Hannah to blame all these people for her death. That is a heavy weight to bear and it’s really easy to not take any responsibility in situations that are serious and tough. Grief really changes people in different ways, really different ways and putting this sort of responsibility on people it could have really spiraled out of control.
One thing I really wanted to know were the different reactions of the other people. I was kind of surprised of Clay’s reason, but I promise I won’t give any spoilers. We do get a glimpse of Marcus but I wanted to know what Courtney Crimson or Jessica Davis thought or reacted. Although, I thought it was a good book I wasn’t terribly impressed with it. Out of five stars on Goodreads, I gave it 4 I think. I don’t know, it was just okay to me.
Anyway, happy reading!!