When Hannah Baker, Clay’s classmate and crush, commits suicide, he never expected to hear from her again. But one day a mysterious package shows up on his doorstep full of tapes she recorded before her death explaining the 13 reasons why she did what she did. Clay is one of the reasons, and if he listens, he might find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing town with Hannah as his guide. Now he can finally understand her pain, and as he follows her recorded words across his town, what he discovers might change his life forever.
This book is heartbreaking, but unfortunately, it is the ugly truth. It broadened my knowledge and eyesight about other people's feelings. It presents the worthwhile message that one person's behavior can have a ripple effect in a community, that there is no such thing as a meaningless act. This is a creative and suspenseful page turner, even if it seems a bit strange that cassette tapes were being used in 2007. I liked it a lot and it really made me think.
If you are ready to read a book about a very serious topic that will stay with you for a long time, this is the one to turn to.