13 Reasons Why (Non-Spoiler)
I just realized every single book I’ve ever read has involved some sort of mystical being or society. Can you believe that? I’ve read about wizards and shadow hunters and werewolves and, of course, the undead, but not once have I read a book about a normal boy in a normal town. Nope. Not once. My motto has always been ‘we already live in reality, so what’s the point of living normalcy on in a book when you can live something extraordinary?’ It turns out that maybe this motto was just a tiny bit off. Some extraordinary things really do happen in real life. it’s a crazy world we live in, and everyone has a story. every person you see on the subway, in the streets, even in the mirror has a novel going on in their heads. a fight between good and evil. a villain. a hero. though some perspectives may be twisted, and many vary from others, they’re all stories, none the less.
Now I know I’m setting this book up to sound like it’s non-fiction, but it’s not. Just realistic fiction, but to be honest, that’s the closest to non-fiction that I’m ever getting so don’t get your hopes up (or down if you’re like me). The point is the premise of this book is something that could have really happened, but, of course, didn’t. But anyways, let’s just stop talking about the genre of the book and get on to talking about the actual book!
I really enjoyed this book. To be honest, I don’t even think I came out of my room once while I was reading it. I may not have even gotten up to eat lunch now that I think about it, which is a big deal because besides Josh Hutcherson food is the one and only love of my life! It was just one of those books that even when you put it down, you’re not really putting it down because you’ll try and do other things, but in your mind all you can do is think about it. So yeah, I ended up reading this book in a day. Thankfully it wasn’t too long or else I might have starved!
So I have to admit, when I read the back of this book, I was a little skeptical. I mean, it sounded really depressing. a teenage girl who commits suicide, that’s terrible! that’s what I thought. yes, it is terrible, but this book was so much more than that. like The Fault in Out Stars it isn’t about her death, it was about her life. although it differs from The Fault in Our Stars because instead of having a wonderful life with the boy she loves, Hannah baker’s life kind of sucks.
All she wanted was a kiss. That was all she ever wanted. It was her freshman year, she was young, she was pretty, and she just wanted to kiss the cute boy she had a crush on. it turned out Hannah Baker had terrible luck. it turned out that the guy she had a crush on, just happened to be that guy. you know the one. the one who gives girls a bad reputation. the one who has a bad reputation. but of course, it being the summer before freshman year, and her being new to town, Hannah gets left out on this little tid bit.
all she did was kiss him. that was all she did. but of course, he had other plans in mind. he wanted his girlfriend to have a certain image. and this would be the beginning of a fatal chain of events that goes on in Hannah’s life. yes, you heard me right. a chain. after this happens that happens and after that happens this happens and slowly, but surely, Hannah comes undone. She decides to do the deed. but instead of letting her secrets die with her, Hannah comes up with a plan. she needs people to know why she did what she did. more specifically, she needs the people who caused her to do what she did to know why she did it. so she creates a plan. it’s almost diabolical, really. she records thirteen tapes. thirteen stories. thirteen reasons why, and she sends them to the people on the list. the people who did her wrong. the only problem is, Clay never wronged Hannah. or at least he thinks he didn’t. so when a box of tapes shows up on his door step with the voice of the girl he’s secretly had a crush on since freshman year, he is completely and utterly confused. what will happen? what causes the undoing of the promiscuous Hannah Baker? well, you’ll just have to read the book won’t you?
Like I said, this book is really great and if you need a good, short, pick me up kind of book I recommend it very highly. I mean, it’s crazy. after reading this book I see life in a completely different way. this book has taught me to never hold back. to give my love freely. to be nice to everyone because you never know what is going on in their lives. honestly, a smile in the hallway or even a simple wave of the hand can save a life at the end of the day. a gesture so small can keep someone from going over the edge, a gesture so small can keep someone from taking their own life. So I’m making it my goal to be all in. to give my smiles openly. To never have a moment when my hands are still at my side. Because that’s easy. You know what isn’t easy? Bringing someone back from the dead. Getting rid of the guilt and the voice at the back of your head that says you could have done something. Because you could have.
Well, I’ve gone in pretty deep! Just remember, under all this crap I’ve shoveled on top of it, the main point of this post is just read the book! I promise you won’t regret it! Well, that’s all I have to say! Have a great week my lovely followers! You all rock!
-The Sleepless Reader