A couple of months ago, I watched the series Thirteen Reasons Why. I knew there was a book, but at that time I was so curious about it that I just didn’t mind to not read it first.
You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
Hannah’s voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
All through the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovers changes his life… forever.
I honestly love how this story takes place in not even a day. It shows how much impact a couple of hours can have on someone’s life. Not to mention that this whole book proves that every little action can have gigantic consequences you might never even realize.
This book is confrontational. And that’s good. Bullying in any way shouldn’t be accepted. Harassing people – women and men – should never be accepted. When something like that happens, you should not look the other way.
Thirteen Reasons Why proves how much of an impact this can have on someone’s life, not to mention someone’s personality in the long run.
The writing’s fluent. It keeps going and going. Before I knew it, I was halfway in the book and didn’t even want to take a break. I had to keep going – even though I already knew most of what was going to happen. I just needed to read more.
Hitting Play that first time was easy. A piece of cake. I had no idea what I was about to hear.
But this time, it’s one of the most frightening things I’ve ever done.
I turn the volume down and press Play.
One thing that really got on my nerves was the switching from italic font to regular and vice versa. Sometimes I was so engrossed in the book that I simply stopped noticing, didn’t know who said / thought what anymore and had to go back to reread.
I don’t really know how they could’ve done the formatting different. In a way it fit the story perfectly, but I just thought it didn’t read as fluently as I would’ve liked.
“But this baby never breaks down.” I say.
“This thing always breaks down,” he says. “I’m just always around to fix it.”
If you haven’t read this book yet, or watched the series, beware of triggers: bullying, harassment, rape, suicide.
In honor of Hannah, a delicious hot chocolate with an abundance of marshmallows.