Thirteen reasons why(book review)

Jay Asher

The international bestseller Thirteen reasons why is a first person thriller drama written by Jay Asher. The top notch thriller is Asher’s debut novel and has met great success not only as a worldwide bestseller but also as a gripping T.V series by the same name as well. The T.V series released by Netflix in early 2016 just recently released its second season this year.

The book centers on Hannah Baker, a depressed teenager who (not a spoiler) commits suicide, leaving behind a set of thirteen cassette tapes, each a reason why she was forced to take her own life. The protagonist of the story is Hannah’s best friend Clay Jenson who returns home one day to find the tapes at his door step. As Clay listens to the tapes, Hannah’s voice explains the thirteen reasons why she killed herself and why he is one of them. All through one night Clay discovers something that will change his life forever.


This book is an enthralling and compulsive read. A great tale told by a true master of the art. I personally admire the fact of how effortlessly Asher switches the mood of the reader with the perfect choice of words from   raw emotion to sorrow and grief to hope. Asher’s style of storytelling will make you heavy with emotion and sorrow but I’m pretty sure you will come back again and again until the pages run out. You won’t get over this book for a long time after you are done reading it. I recommend this book to all teens out there and to a lover of a good book.


Asher was born in Arcadia, California, on September 30, 1975. He attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. He married Joan Marie on September 7, 2002. Throughout Asher’s life he worked in various establishments, including working as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of Asher’s work experiences influenced some aspect of his writing.

Asher has worked on three books, namely Thirteen Reasons Why, a 2007 New York Times best-selling young-adult fiction novel; The Future of Us, co-written by Carolyn Mackler; and What Light.