Thirteen Reasons Why- a book that will haunt you

You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.” 

This is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, a book  I could not stop reading because it was impossible to do so. 13 reasons why Hannah Baker decided to end her life and Clay Jensen is about to find them all. He just have to listen to all the audio tapes that arrived to his house. Could he be one of the reasons? And if he is, what did he do?

Thirteen Reasons why is a book I absolutely loved. Not because YA fiction is my favorite book genre but because the story got me and made me read this book in a couple of hours. It’s a roller coaster of emotions, that in the end will come and haunt you.  All the intelligent words and reasoning around Hannah decision turn this book into a meditation. You heard that right. After finishing it, I had to spend some time in silence and think about it, about human life and the impact we have over our peers.

Do I relate to this book? Of course I do, as any of you would. We’ve all been there, to high-school. We’ve all been gossiped about or gossiping about and we’ve all felt lonely at times. It’s the age, but at times, things are lost of control. Sometimes people are hurt  above our understanding and reasoning. Because not everyone’s the same and what you think is funny can bother the person you’re talking to. And Hannah Baker did get hurt, an awful quite a lot. But nobody realized. “No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”  Cause everyone is self absorbed, especially as a teenager.

So she didn’t find any solution but to end it, end all this mess and torments and suffering. Since no one turned out to help her she found no other choice.  If you hear a song that makes you cry and you don’t want to cry anymore, you don’t listen to that song anymore.
But you can’t get away from yourself. You can’t decide not to see yourself anymore. You can’t decide to turn off the noise in your head.”

You are going to find and know Hannah, through the tapes she leaves behind. Which is quite shocking as no one truly knew her before she died. You will have to find out why she did it and that curiosity will make you read the whole novel.

Even though I loved Jay Asher’s novel and gets 4,5 out of 5 stars, I wouldn’t recommend it to teenagers who suffer from depression or anxiety. It was quite tough for me at times and I am a grown up, after all.

The message behind this story is loud and clear: listen a, observe and understand. While dealing with people with depression you just have to listen and observe, in order to understand what they are going through. We need to be more aware, in order to help each other. A brilliant read, that made me understand things seen from a different perspective.

Unlike old age or cancer, no one anticipates a suicide. They simply left without a chance to get things in order.

Published by Mesca

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15 thoughts on “Thirteen Reasons Why- a book that will haunt you

  1. I have read that too last year. And all I can say is that it teaches us to value how we respond and how nurture relationships. It also says that doing “nothing” isn’t enough – being in the shadows, not doing something to try to make things right. I liked the book too.

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      1. I wanted to write reviews for books I’ve read also but somehow I feel like my views change every once in a while so I think that it’s really hard to make one. Kudos to you!

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      2. You are right. It is quite difficult since we, as individuals, change every day. We grow, we learn, we become teachers of some sort. I write reviews because it helps me remember everything I lived while reading a certain book. ☺
        Thanks for reading and commenting. Take care!

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  2. When I read this book, I had no idea what to expect. It took weeks of having the friend that was loaning it to me pestering to read it and give it back before I could pick it up. It scared me THAT MUCH. I don’t suffer from depression or anything, but when I read, I tend to not let it just wash over me, I really feel everything. Oddly enough, sometimes I feel like i can turn it off, but nevertheless, it scared me to death! (Okay, that really wasn’t that funny, sorry! XD) When I finally started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I think my mouth was PERMANENTLY open in horror and shock. The end left me wanting, and yet I understood Hannah and I understood why. It was incredible!

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    1. I like your short review, Amy! This book is really haunting, so haunting I couldn’t put it down. Like those movies that scare you but you just can’t press pause. You have to see it until the end. Jay Asher did a really great job here. Even though, I wrote this review, a few months after I finished the book, some things are still pretty vivid.
      As for Hannah choice, it’s understandable since she is just a teenager who needs help. And no one can see it. Blaming is easy, if empathy is lacking.
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment☺

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      1. Thank you! Yes, you just described it perfectly! For a long time, my mom did not want me to watch PG13 movies, so my first one both scared me to death and made me want more. XD That is true!
        Of course! 🙂

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      2. Aw, darn it! I could’ve sworn I replied to this. WordPress says I didn’t! If I did, disregard this one. 😉
        Thank you! I absolutely know what you mean. Like the first time I watched a scary movie- I may have been scar d out of my wits, but I immediately wanted to watch another!
        Anytime! 🙂

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