Published by Razorbill
Date Published: October 18, 2007
When Clay Jenson plays the casette tapes he received in a mysterious package, he's surprised to hear the voice of dead classmate Hannah Baker. He's one of 13 people who receive Hannah's story, which details the circumstances that led to her suicide. Clay spends the rest of the day and long into the night listening to Hannah's voice and going to the locations she wants him to visit. The text alternates, sometimes quickly, between Hannah's voice (italicized) and Clay's thoughts as he listens to her words, which illuminate betrayals and secrets that demonstrate the consequences of even small actions. Hannah, herself, is not free from guilt, her own inaction having played a part in an accidental auto death and a rape.Okay, so this book was absolutely amazing! Especially being Jay Asher's first novel! There is always 13 sides to every story and to this one there is no exception. I love what the back of the book states: "You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret is to press play." Clay has no idea what is in store for him when he presses play on the tapes he received in the mail. Hannah takes him on a mysterious audio tour through the past four years of high school telling who and what circumstances led to her suicide. A night he would never forget. Changing the course of his life forever.
The message about how we treat one another, although sometimes heavy, makes for compelling reading. Give this to fans of Gail Giles psychological thrillers.
This book was definitely on the edge. A famous old pirate adage said "Dead men tell no tales" ..until now. I can't explain what this book means to me after reading. Not only does it reveal inside a contemplative suicidal mind but Hannah tells the steps leading to her decision. It may have started as something small and seemed to small to the onlooking crowd but they were overlooking what mattered most, Hannah. This heart-pounding novel was an amazing/wrenching book and I highly recommend it!
-Reviewed by Jeremy