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The book Thirteen Reasons Why, styled as Th1rteen R3asons Why or TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY, is a contemporary YA (Young Adult) novel by Jay Asher. The book has been adapted into a Netflix original series.

Plot

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever." [1]

13 Reasons

Characters

  • Hannah Baker
  • Tony Padilla
  • Justin Foley
  • Jessica Davis
  • Alex Standall
  • Tyler Down
  • Courtney Crimsen
  • Marcus Cooley
  • Zach Dempsey
  • Ryan Shaver
  • Jenny Kurtz (book version of Sheri Holland)
  • Bryce Walker
  • Clay Jensen
  • Mr. Porter
  • Skye Miller
  • Kat

History

Thirteen Reasons Why was originally published in hardcover on October 18, 2007. It was released in paperback on June 14, 2011.

The Tenth Anniversary Edition of Thirteen Reasons Why included a new introduction and essay by the author along with reader reactions and a reading guide. It was published on December 27, 2016.

It has won many awards including the Abraham Lincoln Award and the California Book Award.

Reception

Thirteen Reasons Why can be seen as a segway in starting the conversation about suicide with children and young adults. Although, it was also criticized by suicide prevention groups as many thought it glorified suicide. The Suicide Awareness Voices of Education executive director was quoted saying he was worried "that young people are going to overidentify with Hannah in the series and we actually may see more suicides as a result."[2]

References

  1. Goodreads
  2. ABC News