TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY is a July 2011 New York best-seller young adult fiction “debut” novel written by Jay Asher in 2007.
The book cover has a girl on a swing who’s staring into the distance, which I assume is Hannah whom the author is trying to capture in her last days while she was going through the turmoil of mental trauma. In the book, when Hannah gives Clay the map there’s a park mentioned and thus, the shown swing spot is the same park mentioned by the author which becomes significant further. Perhaps, that brings us to a theory that the park was a bittersweet place for Hannah and as the plot suggests, Hannah wasn’t really sure about the suicide (until cassette 13).
Or, the other relation that can be drawn to the lynchpin where Hannah visited. The lynchpin where Hannah states in the series of events that according to herself there weren’t enough reasons to finish her own life suggests that she was trying to restrain herself from taking her own life. We usually take suicide as an act of cowardliness and selfishness without understanding the turmoil and trauma the person has been through which brought him/her to this decision. Thus, that’s the honest reality of this book which the cover justifies.
Views, Theories, YAY or NAY… Worth it or not?
Ever since, TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY hit the New York Bestsellers in 2011, it became a popular book for all ages no matter if it is a young adult fiction. Like every book out there, there are always positive and negative critics but does it really matter ? Well, as long as it has made worth your while and has taken you on a journey which you can never forget and has invested in you with a life changing force, it is worth a while.
I won’t say it is a perfect book, neither an average book nor a crappy book… I will just say it is one of those books which if once read, will find a place in your mind and heart. It surely does impact your soul with such a brute force that time literally stops and you are forced to think and take a look at your actions because “Everything…affects everything”.
Now, I know that every reviewer has their own story that makes up their perspective which turns out to be the review. Well, this is the reason why I am not calling this book a perfect creation or an average one because that will sound more of a hypocrite because something that is absolutely perfect for me can be absolute crap for another person. I will just leave it up to you to decide for yourself.
While writing a review for ‘TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY’ I went around and read many reviews which had mixed reactions. And thus, this one I write far from saying “one doesn’t just kill themselves for such petty reasons I have been through worse” to “this is the best book I have read” (I have changed the wordings), the thing is, 13 Reasons Why, revolves around Hannah Baker, a 16-year-old who committed suicide where before committing suicide she prepares 13 mixtapes and sends them to the people who were the main catalysts in the events which led to her committing suicide. These reasons vary from Highschool Bullying to as far as Rape.
It is one of those books which deals with Mental health and I think this is why when you will scout the web you will find so many mixed reviews. We must understand, everyone deals with Bullying and mental trauma at different coping levels and this is what the author has tried to portray through Hannah Baker here… I quote
“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”
We see throughout the book that Hannah was depressed because of what was going on in her school life and throughout the story she asks for help, she looks for support system but eventually wherever she looks for support these people ends up betraying her, except for one person but because of improper support system and cruelties of her peers, this just sends her more and more towards the downward spiral she was heading on.
Having been a victim of depression I can relate, perhaps this is the reason why I took up reading this book… Author has tried to show the realities of what actually happens in the society where bullying and neglect of consent are way too common, where support system is almost non-existent and where sometimes individuals feel too suffocated to be themselves, choose to end their lives.
“When you try rescuing someone and discover they can’t be reached, why would you ever throw that back in their face?”
Mental Health has always been a controversial topic around the globe. some people don’t get it at all, some try to understand and some understand way too much (those who suffer or have loved ones suffering from it)… Books like Thirteen Reason Why will always be a gem for people who understand too much or try to understand.
The author has basically written down what goes inside a teen mind, how a small list can become such a large catalyst, how your own guilt of being unable to stop something can eat you up, how when people neglect their moral duties can be so disastrous. Author has tried to break through the stigma and that’s what I love the most about the book, there are so less young adult novels dealing with Mental Health in such an honest way.
It’s one of those books which will take you on a reality drive and open up your eyes to what is going around you, maybe it will make you think about your teenagers and hug them and maybe it will want you to ask your friend if she/he is really doing fine despite all the rumors going around? It is a must read for everyone just so that they know, I quote
“In the end….everything matters.”
If I write more, I will be definitely spoiling the whole book for you and I don’t wanna do that 🙂
It is definitely a YAY!
Is it Worth it? I read it, made my friends read it, I loved it… They all loved it… It is definitely WORTH IT.
More reasons to read? Netflix adaptation of 13 episodes series is in production. 🙂 IMDB.