Thirteen Reasons Why is a young adult novel written by Jay Asher in 2007, that follows the story of Hannah Baker, a high school freshman, and the thirteen reasons why she commits suicide.
‘Thirteen reasons why’ is a poignant story of love and uncertainty that is surely going to have a deep impact on the reader. The inspiration for the book came to the author from his personal experience with an audio guide in the museum which he had visited during his high school days. The intent of the book is beautifully summarized in these lines, “You can’t stop the future, you can’t rewind the past, the only way to learn the secret is to press play”.
Thirteen reasons why is a moving story of Hannah Baker who commits suicide at a very young age and records the thirteen reasons why she committed suicide on an audio tape. This audio tape comes to Clay Jensen, Hannah’s classmate and her secret crush. And the reasons that Hannah narrates in the audio tape changes Clay’s life forever. He listens to those thirteen reasons to unravel that he was a part of the cause as well. As he moves from place to place with Hannah’s record playing, he comes closer to knowing Hannah, her pain and her experience. In this journey of discovering Hannah, he discovers himself!
He finds out the truth about himself, a fact which he would have preferred to remain ignorant about. The readers have to find out for themselves the thirteen reasons why Hannah committed suicide. This discovery will unwind some bitter truths about moral values, peer pressure, the strain in friendships and how everything culminated as she succumbed to suicide. It is a heart warming story about depression, dark secrets and repercussions of an over-burdened heart and the ill-effects of having an inability to speak up.