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Little Book Bird

College student majoring in Psychology that loves to read and dreams of becoming an author herself one day. { Books listed here are only ones I'm doing reviews for. Complete list on Goodreads. } 


Review | Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

It seems I’m in the minority once again, because I didn’t like this book. 

In the beginning I was annoyed by Hannah’s character, seeing her as someone more vindictive than anything and wanting to play the blame game. Later on she does admit that taking her life is her choice and I did see her character as someone who wasn't doing it for those types of reasons. But I still…just couldn’t bring myself to like this book. I don’t feel like doing a detailed review on this book, but I feel the need to point out some reasons why I gave it such a low rating. 

The writing is amateur and boring. I also had a difficult time keeping up with Hannah’s tape and Clay interrupting it for some needless action. It did not transfer well and was more frustrating than anything. 

Why would you continue to pass on a tape that exposed a rapist, just so you can keep your little rumor secret? Seriously? You would think someone of minor offensives would let the tapes be sent out in order to expose that, but no. That doesn’t make any sense to me. 

I didn’t like Hannah’s character. Look, I’m not going to say why someone would or wouldn’t take their life. We’re all different and respond to situations differently. But her character doesn’t come across as someone who has depression. Maybe it’s the lack of development shown in the book, but I just couldn’t buy it. Come to think of it, I didn't like any of the characters. They all fell flat to me. 

Um, why was Clay even in those tapes? He did nothing wrong. Leave him a note or something explaining stuff if you want to say you’re sorry. No need to torture the kid. 

I get what the book is trying to say. Words hurt. Actions hurt. What you do matters and effects people even when you don’t realize it. If you’ve been hurt, talk to someone, don’t take your life. I heard the message the book was trying to say, but I didn't think it did a good job saying it. Wouldn't recommend.