Thirteen Reasons Why

By Jay Asher
Book report By Kristine Goertzen

Tragic things can happen in your life, but you got to just keep pushing through it. Hannah, she didn't push through it, and this is the story of her life.

When Clay Jensen gets home froms school one day, he finds a package addressed to him. Inside, are casette tapes, labeled 1-13. He puts the first cassette into the cassette player and starts listening.

Hey, this is Hannah Baker.

Clay couldn't believe it, she was dead, she committed suicide. As she continued talking, she says that these tapes explain the thirteen reasons why she did it, and how each person who receives these tapes, has a tape made for them.

As Clay listens to the thirteen tapes, he realizes what she had gone through, and how the most innocent things had turned everything into a horror story for her. Rumors, silly lists, stalkers, feeling guilty, no one being there for her, and so many other things that led her to do what she did.

Justin Foley- Hannah's first kiss, but he betrayed her.

Alex Standall- He started a list, and it led to others doing things to her and using the list as an excuse.

Tyler Down- You took away what sense of privacy I had.

Courtney Crimson- You used me, and spread rumors.

Marcus Cooley- You came back "just in case."

Zack Dempsey- You took away my last hope of feeling loved.

Ryan Shaver-You stole my thoughts, and held them out for ridicule.

Clay Jensen-Your name doesn't belong on this list, the only reason your name is on this list, is so that you know nothing was your fault.

Justin Foley-You let something happened that you could have stopped.

Jenny Kurtz-You made me blame myself for someone's death.

Bryce Walker-I used you to let myself let go of myself.

Mr. Porter-You didn't help me when I needed help the most.

And the last words on the tape were, "Thank You."

What Did You Enjoy About This Book?

This book was very hard to read, it was super sad. The things that happened to Hannah were terrible, but yet I felt bad for the people she was sending the tapes to because they will regret what they did for the rest of their life. But, this book was really good and I loved it.

Is this book a part of a series?

No, this book is not part of a series.

Why would you reccomend this book?

I would recommend this book because it is different than most books, it is told from a completely different perspective than most books are. If you like sad and heart touching books, this is the book for you.

Did the book have a good ending?

This book had a good ending, except for the fact that Hannah committed suicide, it was a good ending. I liked how her last words were thank you, and I was glad that Clay knew nothing was his fault.


I think that the theme of this book is forgiveness. In the end, Hannah said sorry to everyone for what she did, and, at least Clay, forgave her. He wished that everything could have happened differently, but he forgave her.

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