Thirteen Reason why – Very dangerous book! 1 “not even sure” star

HUGE WARNING HERE!

OK before I forget let me say this: All concerns about this book are well-founded!

WARNING
IF YOU ARE HAVING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

DO NOT READ THIS BOOK

One “not even sure” star

About the book

Thirteen Reasons Why

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

 

 

 

 

 

Review

Again…

WARNING
IF YOU ARE HAVING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

DO NOT READ THIS BOOK

[Please believe me. I KNOW what I’m talking about]

I heard about this controversial book [now a TV show too] and I was like… Hyped? Young Adult? Contemporary? Mental Health premise?

I HAVE TO READ IT!

So I did.

First let me say that this is a good book. It’s well written, the plot is griping, the dual narrative is handled very well. If I was just rating the book I would give it at least 3.8 stars.

HOWEVER

It was hard for me enjoy the story, the plot, and the tension because, first of all, Hannah is one of the most unlikable MC I have ever read!

Many bad things happened to her. I get it. As in MANY. First, that didn’t feel very realistic. I’m sure some high-schoolers experience many of this situations. But ALL OF THEM? Hummmm… So, even though Hannah is the victim of bullying, and rumors and mean jokes she comes across way too MEAN, with big, fat, bold letters. And Even though I condemn every single thing that was done to her, I could not relate to her reactions and thoughts one bit. Her thoughts seemed those of a sociopath and utterly inconsistent.

I won’t talk for everyone, but in general when you feel suicidal you don’t care. You don’t care about anything AT ALL. And, there is so much rage and determination behind Hannah’s plan! All the careful planning and recording of the tapes requires a good deal of passion and drive which usually doesn’t exist when someone doesn’t want to live anymore.

But most importantly, I agree with all the concerns about the content of this book and TV Show. It can definitely be a trigger [page 256 omg!] and it does feel like suicide glorification.

It’s just plain dangerous.

Again I doubt someone that is considering suicide would have the drive to plan something like Hanna did BUT it could inspired something very similar that is a spur of the moment thing and requires a lot less planning.

Apparently, according to this article it has already happened.

So, one more time…

 

WARNING
IF YOU ARE HAVING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

DO NOT READ THIS BOOK

 

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